Central Carolina Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

April 9, 2018

Central Carolina Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Central Carolina Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

Sanford, NC (April 4, 2018) — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Central Carolina Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Central Carolina Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in January based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a

heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest

pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack

symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder,

neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or

vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in

treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to

evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and

recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.

“Central Carolina Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Lee County and surrounding areas with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Central Carolina Hospital with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted

clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an

action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and

strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and

standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a

heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have

organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the

efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

"We are extremely proud to have achieved this designation," states Spencer Thomas, Central Carolina Hospital’s Interim CEO. "Especially on the heels of receiving the ACC Heart Failure Accreditation just one month prior. Earning the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Accreditation in addition in addition to the Heart Failure Accreditation is another measure of our commitment to excellence and reflects our commitment to our patients. I am pleased with our team’s effort.”

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Central Carolina Hospital access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

About Central Carolina Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Lifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.

Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve­ment Award for Heart Failure, January 2017

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve­ment Award for Stroke, January 2017

American College of Radiology Gold Seal Accredited for Mammography June 2016

Healogics Center of Distinction for Wound Care, February 2017

Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification, January 2017

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.