(SAN ANTONIO, TX) —CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center (CSRH-MC) is proud have been accredited as a Certified Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, the hospital underwent a rigorous evaluation of its capabilities to access, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack, said Dr. Joe Pendon, medical director of the Emergency Department.

“CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center has processes in place to reduce the time from onset of heart attack symptoms to diagnosis and treatment,” Pendon said. “We are equipped to treat patients quickly during the critical window of time necessary to preserve the integrity of the heart muscle, and to monitor patients presenting with symptoms of a heart attack to ensure they receive the appropriate observation and treatment.”

More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. Chest Pain Center accreditation ensures the Hospital meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures based on improving the process for the care of the patient with acute coronary syndrome. The care of the patient starts from the onset of the patient’s symptoms, and calls for multi-departmental collaboration among emergency dispatch services, emergency medical services, emergency department and catheterization lab, observation unit, and cardiac rehab. Within this model, facilities can plan and organize the delivery of care in a systematic manner, which is then evaluated by surveyors.

Key areas in which CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center demonstrated 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

“We are proud of everyone who worked hard on this accreditation process,” said Patrick Carrier, president/CEO, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. “As the only non-profit, Catholic health system in San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is proud to extend the healing ministry to those we are privileged to serve.”