UP Health System Hospitals Receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation

February 15, 2017

From Left to Right: Margo Carli, Clinical Director Cardiac; Bronwyn Roell, Nurse Educator, Dr. Jake Redden, Executive Director of Quality; Danielle Bailey, Clinical Quality Lead; Alicia Rice, Manager Nuclear Medicine; Steve Babcock, Lab Supervisor; Robin Waters, Director of Nursing; Amy Thompson, Cardiac Imaging Administrative Assistant; Dr. David Viau, ED Physician/CP Director; Curt Lesage, Manager of EMS; Bob Kroll, Clinical Director Cardiac Imaging; Dr. Thomas LeGalley, Cardiologist; Mike Philips, Clinical Director Emergency Department; Casey Reynolds, ED Nurse/Chest Pain Coordinator; Christie Laethem, Clinical Manager ED/Chest Pain Coordinator. Not pictured: Joe Ackerman, Anita Chesebro, Julie Kab.

UP Health System hospitals have received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). UP Health System – Marquette, Bell, and Portage received the official designation on December 30, 2016. UP Health System – Marquette also received Primary PCI Accreditation in addition to Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Christie, Laethem, BSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Manager of the UP Health System – Marquette Emergency Department and Casey Reynolds, RN, coordinated the effort to achieve this accreditation for UP Health System – Marquette.   

Laethem said, “This accreditation is a direct reflection of process improvements made at our facilities. Nurses, doctors, and EMS have undergone extensive training in heart attack detection, the process for admitting patients with chest pain into the emergency department has been streamlined, and we will be continually involved in a number of ongoing quality improvement and medical staff education initiatives to improve outcomes at UP Health System hospitals.” She continued, “It translates into catching heart attack signs earlier and saving more lives.” 

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, UP Health System – Marquette demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About UP Health System – Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS – Marquette) is a federally-designated Regional Referral Center for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). UPHS – Marquette is a Level II Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Joint Commission awarded the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval for its Primary Stroke Center in 2010, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gave UPHS – Marquette its Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery, Maternity Care, and Knee & Hip Replacement in 2016.  The UP Health System – Marquette Cancer Care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the only accredited cancer program in the Upper Peninsula. We have been granted designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. 

Currently a 315-bed specialty care hospital, we are in the construction stage our new state of the art hospital, anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. As Upper Michigan’s Regional Medical Center, UPHS – Marquette recruits for employed and private practice positions in Marquette, Michigan, and similar positions at hospital-owned clinics in eight other communities throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our dynamic medical staff of more than 200 doctors uphold the highest standards of excellence. They work as a team with our 2300+ employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year.    

UP Health System – Marquette’s major services include its Heart & Vascular Institute, Cancer Center, Brain & Spine Center, Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health, Digestive Health, Bariatric Medicine & Weight Management Center and Women’s Health, Family Birthing, and Pediatrics Center. The hospital also provides the region’s premier services in imaging, surgery and laboratory and is home to the UP Telehealth Network, a leading telehealth network in the nation. We also service many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with 42 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint’s experience in community-based hospital management and Duke’s world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.

For more information about SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.