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St. Vincent Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

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Billings, MT - More than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Determined to lower that number, St. Vincent Healthcare is one step closer to beating heart disease thanks to the efforts of their outstanding providers and cardiovascular care team. St. Vincent Healthcare has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.

“While this is a huge accomplishment for our cardiovascular team, this accreditation would not have been possible without the hard work of the entire organization and partnership of the community emergency services,” said Megan Skiff, St. Vincent Chest Pain Center Coordinator. “This project took collaboration of the entire care continuum and included everyone from first medical contact through the acute care setting and discharge to cardiac rehabilitation. The dedication of our providers and associates allows us to focus our efforts on implementing a best-practice standard of care and improve patient outcomes.”

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease and reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

St. Vincent has streamlined its system from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. By receiving the accreditation, St. Vincent meets or exceeds an array of stringent criteria and has an organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“The accreditation process was based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of our provider and associates abilities to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack,” stated Theresa Ketterling, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “Our goal and intent was to bridge gaps, integrate evidence based science, quality initiatives, clinical best-practices and the latest medical guidelines to improve patient outcomes.”

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About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.