The American College of Cardiology has recognized Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
“Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the area with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”
Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes. The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Fort Walton Beach Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.
“Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who come to us with heart attack symptoms,” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “By earning the Chest Pain Center accreditation, we have proven exceptional competencies in treating these patients and have streamlined our systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge and recommendations in patient lifestyle changes. We are extremely honored to be awarded this accreditation.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Photo Caption: Andrea Oliver, Chest Pain Coordinator