AAMC accredited as Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with PCI
Congratulations are in order! AAMC’s Heart Team has received full accreditation as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, or angioplasty) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Previously a Cycle III Chest Pain Center, our Cycle IV designation recognizes AAMC’s commitment to providing the highest quality care to patients suffering from a heart attack, as well as the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs.
AAMC is one of only six Maryland hospitals to receive this accreditation. The national quality standard “door to balloon” time is 90 minutes – at AAMC, our average is just 57 minutes.
“We are honored. This truly is our benchmark to assess our work.” said Toni Schiller, RN, Chest Pain Coordinator at AAMC. “It is critical to educate our community and prevent heart disease.”
Through the accreditation process, AAMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. The Chest Pain Center accreditation demonstrates AAMC’s pledge to continuous process improvement for all patients who present with symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome.
Key elements of accreditation are:
- Community Education and Early Heart Attack Care
- Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Systems
- Timely Diagnosis and Treatment with symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome
- Process Improvement
- Personnel Competencies and Training
- Organizational Structure and Commitment
- Facility Design
The Chest Pain Center Committee is a team of dedicated health care professionals who work collaboratively to address the diagnosis, protocols, and processes for the care of the ACS patient throughout the entire hospital. Congratulations to you and to all involved caring and educating our patients and community.