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Trish Duerr, 612-262-5227


Allina's Mercy Hospital designated an Accredited Chest Pain Center

COON RAPIDS, Minn. 08/06/2009--Allina's Mercy Hospital has been designated an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The accreditation recognizes the collaboration and commitment of Mercy Hospital's Emergency Department, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and other medical personnel dedicated to rigorous and peer reviewed processes proven to reduce mortality and morbidity from heart disease.

"Recognition by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is strong indication of the extensive and coordinated effort we put into caring for our chest pain patients," said Jeff Chambers, MD, director of Mercy's Heart & Vascular Center. "Our SCPC accreditation means that, from the time the paramedics reach them through their time with us at Mercy Hospital, we are able to provide our patients with state-of the art care, and that means we're saving lives and improving the health of our patients at Mercy."

The Chest Pain Accreditation recognizes the extension of leading-edge processes to all types of chest pain, not just documented heart attacks.

The accreditation is further recognition of the daily seamless collaboration of the Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute, Mercy Hospital Emergency Department personnel and EMS professionals to deliver state-of-the-art, evidence-based emergency cardiac services in a time-critical manner.

"Care for chest pain patients starts long before they arrive at the hospital emergency room," said Mark Dascalos, Allina Medical Transportation ambulance operations manager. "We work closely with the specialists at Mercy and we're proud to be part of the reason Mercy has won accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This is quite a milestone for Mercy and reflects well on all of us."

To receive the Chest Pain Accreditation, the Society of Chest Pain Centers reviews a hospital's standards in emergency assessment of patients with acute coronary syndromes, functional facility design, personnel competencies and training, process improvement, organizational structure and its community outreach efforts.

Many heart attacks present with identifiable symptoms prior to serious damage. Standardization of diagnoses and treatments has been shown to lead to increased myocardial salvage and better short and long-term outcomes.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease.

Central to its mission is the question, "What is right for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by health care providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care.

SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

About Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital is a 271 bed medical center in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, in the northwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Mercy is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit health care system of hospitals, clinics and other patient care services that provides exceptional care to communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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