Chest Pain Center
Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center are proud to be the only Accredited Chest Pain Centers in southern Colorado.
When you're having a heart attack, time equals heart muscle - the longer it takes to unclog a blockage, the more damage your heart will sustain. Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center are proud to be the only Accredited Chest Pain Centers in southern Colorado.
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:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital
If you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain, call 911 immediately.