Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe Earns Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Accreditation: Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, has received two important cardiovascular accreditations for high quality care of patients with chest pain or having a stroke. The hospital received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. “Receiving both recognitions is huge; it shows our ongoing commitment to the community and to providing the very best in both stroke and chest pain care to our patients on a very rapid basis,” says Donna Hoban, M.D., senior vice president and director of Medical Services at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. “It’s an extension of the improvements we’ve made with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and will help us to continue to grow our stroke care and cardiology services.” To earn accreditation in acute cardiac medicine by the SCPC, a Chest Pain Center must meet criteria in coordinating
hospital emergency services with the local emergency medical services. The accreditation recognizes a high level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack, the importance of standardized diagnosis and treatment for efficient and effective evaluation; and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. Beaumont, Grosse Pointe, also earned the Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care. The Joint Commission’s Stroke Center Certification is achieved by demonstrating patient care, quality and safety, and complying with the highest national standards. Certification emphasizes a commitment to significantly improving outcomes for stroke patients as outlined by the Joint Commission. 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. A Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient care allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack, when treatment is most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a heart-related issue. The Society of Chest Pain Centers, established in 1998 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a patient-centered, nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other heart disease. Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. It evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the nation. Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe is a 289-bed hospital located in the heart of Grosse Pointe. Opened in 1945 by the Sisters of Bon Secours, it was purchased by Beaumont Hospitals in October 2007, making Beaumont a three-hospital regional health care provider. Beaumont, Grosse Pointe provides medical, surgical, emergency, obstetric, pediatric and critical care services. Visit Beaumont’s Web site at www.beaumonthospitals.com.
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