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Hospitals that have received
Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
accreditation 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.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluations by SCPC for their ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Penrose-St. Francis, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
If you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain, call 911 immediately.
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