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Florida Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center Earns Reaccreditation for Three Years

Mar 3, 2020

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (May 13, 2016)
– Florida Medical Center is the first hospital in Broward County to receive accreditation as a Cycle V Chest Pain Center (CPC) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The certification, which covers 2016-2019, was achieved for showing expertise in assessing, diagnosing and treating acute coronary patients quickly.

“Florida Medical Center strives to set the standard for cardiac care in Broward County,” said Trey Abshier, hospital CEO. “The reaccreditation of our Chest Pain Center demonstrates our commitment to providing the community with high-quality care based on current protocol-driven research.”

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Florida Medical Center’s evidence-based systematic approach to cardiac patient care can allow clinicians to reduce treatment times during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers can also do a better job at monitoring patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

Every three years, SPCP releases a new cycle, which builds on the requirements of the previous cycle and revises, adds to or refocuses on areas of care for the acute coronary syndrome patient. Cycle V focuses on the care of the low-risk cardiac patient – identifying, treating and educating those with early heart disease and prevention. Florida Medical Center also received CPC accreditation in Cycles IV and III.

To receive reaccreditation, Florida Medical Center met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and underwent a comprehensive on-site review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Receiving SCPC’s CPC accreditation status means the hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients presenting with chest pain, including those with atypical signs, as well as heart attack patients. It also conveys that Florida Medical Center emphasizes 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. In addition, the hospital serves as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and helps to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
Florida Medical Center demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

• Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly 
• Effectively treating patients with 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
• Having 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

As the first hospital in Broward County to perform open-heart surgery, Florida Medical Center remains one of the area’s top heart hospitals. The team consists of highly skilled cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, pharmacists and other clinical staff. To learn more about the Heart Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, visit www.floridamedctr.com/our-services/heart-vascular.    

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