One of Only Four Cycle III Chest Pain/PCI-Designated Centers in New York State
Crouse Hospital has received the highest possible accreditation for treatment of chest pain - Cycle III with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) - from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Crouse is the only hospital in the region and one of only four in New York State to earn this designation.
"This distinction is the result of our consistent, systematic approach for chest pain patients, which ensures better outcomes,” states Joseph Battaglia, MD, medical director for Cardiac Care Services at Crouse. "Our integrated approach provides timely treatment for patients experiencing chest pain, from prompt identification of symptoms in the community to swift response from emergency medical responders, to immediate treatment in the Emergency Department and direct access to any necessary procedures in the catheterization lab," says Dr. Battaglia.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers 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. “Crouse is dedicated to providing the best in heart attack care and this national designation underscores that commitment," states Dr. Battaglia.
The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. The Chest Pain Center at Crouse Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing an on-site evaluation by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Key areas in which a nationally certified Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing, and treating heart attack patients quickly, with a commitment to have 24 hour a day/7 days a week cath lab access to open blocked arteries
- Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
- Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
- 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
Crouse Hospital provides a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac care, including the region’s only pediatric cardiac catheterization program. The hospital’s average door-to-balloon time (the time between the moment a patient with a possible acute heart attack enters an ER and he/she undergoes balloon angioplasty) is currently 46 minutes, well below the national goal of 90 minutes. In 2009, Crouse’s cardiac care services earned the Get With the Guidelines Gold Award from the American Heart Association for performance excellence.