Logan Memorial Hospital Achieves Reaccreditation as a Chest Pain Center

February 19, 2015

Logan Memorial Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), 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, Logan Memorial Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To Logan County, 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
 

“We are very proud to have earned Chest Pain Center reaccreditation and give thanks to our committed clinical team and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, who have been working collaboratively to ensure our hospital is prepared to provide high quality care to patients in their most critical time of need,” said Jim Bills, Logan Memorial Hospital CEO. “Logan Memorial Hospital’s top priority is to provide quality healthcare close to home, and this accomplishment demonstrates one of the many ways we continually work to enhance and improve our service.”

Logan Memorial Hospital addresses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including important areas such as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, quality assurance plan, and Logan Memorial Hospital’s community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Logan Memorial Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Logan Memorial Hospital is one of 23 of the system’s hospitals that have achieved SCPC accreditation in 2014 as part of a company-wide commitment to enhancing quality and ensuring excellent service and care in the emergency department. The partnership between the LifePoint system and SCPC for collaborative training and hospital accreditation demonstrates the organizations’ common focus on high quality medical care.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states John Jones, Logan Memorial Hospital CNO. “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. With our reaccreditation, we hope to bring more attention to this and help even more people in Logan County.”

About Logan Memorial Hospital

Logan Memorial Hospital, a part of LifePoint Hospitals, is located in Russellville, Kentucky and has a service area of 45,000.  The facility is comprised of 75 inpatient beds, including 6 ICU/CCU and 10 Swing beds.  Services include a Surgery Center with three ORs, plus two separate endoscopy suites, a 24-hour physician staffed Emergency Department, and state-of-the-art Imaging technology including PACS, Digital mammography, spiral 16-slice CT, 3D ultrasound, MRI, Echo and nuclear medicine.  Logan Memorial Hospital also offers Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, a two-bed Sleep Disorder Center, Infusion Center, and Physical Therapy. 

About LifePoint Hospitals

LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates more than 60 hospital campuses in 21 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care 

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.   For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.