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Presence Saint Francis Hospital Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

Joel Spear, M.D.

Evanston, Illinois (December 9, 2013) – Presence Saint Francis Hospital announced today that it has received Cycle IV, the highest designation in Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). A leader is chest pain care, the Chest Pain Center at Presence Saint Francis became the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Illinois ten years ago. 

Cycle IV offers the most comprehensive and thorough methodology, the standard for process improvement in the cardiovascular market anywhere. The eight key elements in Cycle IV cover a full-range of steps for hospitals to implement for improvement, from community outreach to patient care and measurements of results, which extend to senior management, or the governance element.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Presence Saint Francis Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluations by SCPC, an international not-for-profit organization that assists facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

To the Evanston community, 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

“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, and we are proud to achieve such high recognition with them,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., Regional President and CEO for Presence Saint Francis Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, and a quality assurance plan. By becoming a Cycle IV Accredited Chest Pain Center, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

About Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org/stfrancis.

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With more than 150
sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees and 4,000 medical professionals. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org.

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