Bronson Chest Pain Emergency Center Receives Highest Level of Accreditation

October 31, 2008

The Bronson Chest Pain Emergency Center has received the highest level of accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers: Cycle II Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Interventions). Bronson is one of only seven hospitals in Michigan to receive this level of accreditation.

In 2005, Bronson became southwest Michigan’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center when it received Cycle I Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Michael L. Hutchison, Society of Chest Pain Centers accreditation review specialist, said, “A hospital doesn’t shine like this by accident. Bronson is constantly laying the groundwork for the next step and the medical staff and employees should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Bronson met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria and completed on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Expertise was demonstrated in:

  • 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 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

“This accreditation verifies the quality of Bronson’s care for patients experiencing chest pain and heart attack,” said Neil Johnson, Bronson vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer. “We are proud to earn this new designation. It validates years of hard work to develop a program that is now an industry leader in cardiac care.”

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.

The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

In addition to this accreditation, Bronson has earned a five-star rating for the treatment of heart failure for two straight years by Healthgrades®, one of the nation's leading authorities on hospital performance. Bronson Methodist Hospital has also been designated a UnitedHealth Premium(SM) cardiac specialty center, reflecting national recognition of its cardiac care services. Bronson was the first hospital in the state of Michigan to receive this designation.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit