Bronson Receives Highest Level of Chest Pain Accreditation

December 06, 2010


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bronson Methodist Hospital Chest Pain Emergency Center received the highest possible level of accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) -- Cycle III Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions). This accreditation was announced on Dec. 2 and is valid through Oct. 14, 2014. Bronson is one of 10 hospitals in Michigan to receive this highest level of accreditation.


The Society of Chest Pain Center reviewers called Bronson’s staff and processes “phenomenal.”  During the onsite visit a reviewer said, “We use the Bronson name and EMS providers you work with as a standard of excellence across the country. Bronson’s processes are rock solid. It shows in every aspect of the work their team does. They believe in what they do, and do it well.”


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


* Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel


* 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 is a testament of the quality of care for cardiac patients in our community. Patients with chest pain in this region and their families can feel confident that they will receive prompt, quality care from the emergency medical providers and entire team at Bronson,” said Cheryl Knapp, RN, MBA, vice president of accreditations and quality standards. “Bronson was the first accredited chest pain center in southwest Michigan in 2005 and we remain committed to following best practice processes and striving to achieve national standards of excellence.”


Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of accredited chest pain centers like Bronson is to minimize the loss of important heart muscle and significantly reduce complication and death rates of these patients. The goal is to teach 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. For signs and symptoms of a heart attack and more information about cardiac care at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth.com/heart.


In addition to this accreditation, Bronson is best rated in Kalamazoo for overall heart care by HealthGrades® (2010-2011), one of the nation's leading authorities on hospital performance. Bronson also earned a five-star rating, the highest possible, for the treatment of heart attack (2011) and for the treatment of heart failure for the fourth straight year (2008-2011). Bronson Methodist Hospital has also been designated a UnitedHealth PremiumSM 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.


Cardiac Care at Bronson


At Bronson, teams of cardiac specialists are on staff 24/7, ready to diagnose and treat both adults and children. Cardiothoracic and vascular services include prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs and home telemonitoring. In fact, Bronson Methodist Hospital has received national recognition for quality of care and patient outcomes in cardiac care, such as being designated as a UnitedHealth PremiumSM cardiac specialty center and being awarded the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care (2008). Visit bronsonhealth.com/heart to learn more.


About Bronson Methodist Hospital (bronsonhealth.com)


Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only five children's hospitals in the state.


A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is currently ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital is a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and performance excellence.   


In 2009, Bronson received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2009-10 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and as a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence award.


About the Society of Chest Pain Centers


Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a chest pain center model, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.