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Community Health Network hospitals earn reaccreditation from Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as Chest Pain Centers with Primary PCI

For release on December 22, 2015

Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Hospital East, Community Hospital 
South join Community Howard Regional Health in achieving designation for heart attack care

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network announced today that its hospitals have again received Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Hospital East and Community Hospital South have been reaccredited, joining Kokomo-based Community Howard Regional Health which earned its distinction earlier this year.

SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hospitals that have received 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, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Hospital East, Community Hospital South and Community Howard Regional Health engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for their ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the communities served by these hospitals, 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

“Don’t wait to seek care when you think you might be having a heart attack,” stated cardiologist Sandeep Dube, Community Physician Network. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

Community’s state-of-the-art care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, Community’s quality assurance plan, and Community’s community outreach program. “By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Community Hospital East, Community Hospital South, and Community Howard Regional Health have enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and have demonstrated a commitment to higher standards when caring for our patients,” said Dr. Dube.

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.


Al Larsen, Executive Director, Content and Communications, Community Health Network
Al Larsen
Executive Director, Content and Communications