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McLaren Bay Region Receives Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation

Published on Friday, November 13, 2015

McLaren Bay Region has received full Chest Pain Center with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on Sept. 1, 2015 for a term of three years. McLaren Bay Region is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in the Great Lakes Bay Region and was the 11th accredited facility in Michigan.

 “Our goal is to provide the highest standards of care with current technology and available resources, while promoting prevention as primary treatment and early intervention in communities that we serve,” said Daniel Lee, MD, Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center at McLaren Bay Region. 

“McLaren Bay Region is committed to providing compassionate care for our patients and their families and recognizing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) as a leading cause of death,” said Willa Rousseau, RN, BSN, MSN, LSW, Senior Director, Patient Care Services at McLaren Bay Region. “McLaren Bay Region is striving to provide efficacy and excellence in patient care from the pre-hospital scene, in-hospital setting, discharge and through the post-hospital follow-up.”

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. 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.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack.  Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the increase in chest pain centers came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that received SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation status, McLaren Bay Region demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • 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
For more information on McLaren Bay Region’s Chest Pain program, contact Michelle Ann-Crean Dean MSN, RN-BC PCCN, Chest Pain Center Program Coordinator and STEMI/Trauma Coordinator at (989) 894-3023 or michelle.dean@mclaren.org.