Bellin earns chest pain center re-accreditation


GREEN BAY — Green Bay-based Bellin Hospital recently earned full re-accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The April 1 “Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)” designation illustrates Bellin’s expertise and commitment to quality patient care, Bellin chest care experts say. It also is evidence that the health system meets or exceeds stringent criteria and recognized standards of care and has successfully completed on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The accreditation is valid through 2012. It’s Bellin’s second time being accredited as a chest pain center.

“Such accreditation helps area consumers easily identify Bellin Health as a community leader in chest pain care,” said Lori Fayas of Bellin’s Emergency Department. “The designation ‘with PCI’ shows Bellin’s commitment to treating chest pain patients and our ability to quickly open and treat arteries within 60 minutes of arrival at our Emergency Department. Our local EMS crews have also been vital cogs in our success.”

The accreditation also illustrates Bellin’s dedication to heart care, said Andrea Werner, director, Bellin Health Heart & Vascular Center. “This distinction is a great way to help us reinforce our current practices while also letting our patients know that they are indeed getting some of the best chest pain and heart-related care available in our area.”

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.

Rated in the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country, Bellin’s Heart & Vascular Center annually performs more than 1,000 cardiac and vascular surgeries, 2,520 cardiac catheter lab procedures and 10,750 cardiac and vascular diagnostic studies. Bellin also is a Chest Pain Center of Excellence and is involved in numerous national research studies.

The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers – a non-profit international professional organization – is to reduce the mortality rate of heart 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.

A chest pain center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management enables physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical stages of a heart attack and to better monitor patients when it is unclear whether they are having a coronary event. This helps ensure that a patient isn’t sent home too early or needlessly admitted.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers’ accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

Key areas in which a chest pain center must demonstrate expertise include, among others:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly 
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring chest pain center personnel competency and training
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

For more information, call the Bellin Health Heart & Vascular Center at (920) 445-7363.