Borgess Medical Center achieves Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation

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KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess Medical Center has earned Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

SCPC is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by helping healthcare facilities create communities of excellence that combine quality, cost and patient satisfaction. The Cycle IV accreditation is the highest accreditation possible for treatment of chest pain by the SCPC. To date, Borgess is the only southwest Michigan hospital to achieve Cycle IV accreditation.

“This designation means Borgess Medical Center ranks among the nation’s best in rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of heart attack,” said Frank Saltiel, MD, FACC, Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute. “Our team of professionals has devoted their hearts and their lives to help ensure successful outcomes and the best patient experiences. The high standards set by the SCPC will benefit our patients and our promise to become their partners in health for their life’s journey.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 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.

The Borgess Heart Institute at Borgess Medical Center treats nearly 20,000 cardiac patients a year. According to the SCPC, Borgess has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by an SCPC review team. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • 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

About Borgess Health

Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.