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Riverview Health Press Release

Riverview Health Achieves Third Chest Pain Center Accreditation

April 23, 2014

Noblesville—Riverview Health is pleased to announce that it has received its third Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care.

“We first received the Chest Pain Center Accreditation in 2007 and, today, we’re proud to be the only full-service hospital in Hamilton County with open heart surgery capabilities that has this distinction,” stated Tammi Nash, director of Clinical Operations at Riverview Health. “More importantly, this accreditation is a reflection of our dedication to the people we serve and the high standards we have in place when it comes to treating patients with heart attack symptoms. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Riverview Health engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Riverview Health 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 quicker during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too early or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Riverview Health offers the entire continuum of care for heart patients and includes such focal points as dispatch, an emergency medical system, emergency department, cutting-edge cath lab, quality assurance plan and a community outreach program.