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Accredited Chest Pain Center

Princeton  -  An Accredited  Chest Pain Center

Princeton Baptist Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the greater Birmingham area to receive full accreditation  from the Society of Chest Pain Centers Accreditation Review Committee.  This three-year, Cycle II accreditation indicates that Princeton's Chest Pain Center has integrated into its cardiac care services the best practices and newest models for treating patients who have acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Princeton demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing onsite evaluations conducted by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Among the key areas of Princeton's demonstrated expertise that offer advantages to you and your patients:

  1. Emergency Department Integration with the Emergency Medical System

    Princeton's state-of-the-art heart care works seamlessly with area emergency medical services and across hospital departments - Cardiology, Emergency Department, Intensive Care and others.
  2. Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Possible ACS - Timely Diagnosis and Treatment of ACS 
                  
    • ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) or Myocardial Infarction (MI) with new or presumed new left bundle branch block (LBBB)
    • Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome (NSTE ACS)
    • Non-ST-segment elevation MI (NSTEMI)
    • Unstable Angina (UA)

    Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack are part of Princeton’s overall cardiac care service.

    Improved care processes mean better patient outcomes.

  3. Assessment of Patients with Low Risk for ACS and No Assignable Cause for their Symptoms

    A dedicated 8-bed Chest Pain Observation Unit immediately adjacent to the Heart Cath Lab provides a new dimension of support and care for low-risk patients with cardiac issues. It’s further evidence of our commitment to reduce medical errors and liability of missed MIs.
  4. Personnel, Competencies and Training

    Princeton successfully underwent a rigorous evaluation and refinement of heart care processes to integrate the industry’s best practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care services.
    Timely, accurate diagnoses of all patients presenting with signs and symptoms of heart disease that help reduce unnecessary admissions, saving patients money and inconvenience.
  5. Community Outreach

    This national designation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers of Princeton’s Accredited Chest Pain Center provides a recognizable symbol of trust that helps patients and EMS make decisions at highly stressful times.

“We have a saying in cardiac care that time is muscle,” said Ann McEntire, nursing director for cardiac services. “Every minute a patient has to wait for treatment can compromise heart function. From the minute a patient enters our emergency department until the time they have a cardiac procedure, they receive state-of-the-art care during that critical window of time when the integrity of the muscle can be preserved intact.”

Cardiovascular care at Princeton is based on protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care. Achievement and recognition for that care isn’t new. To learn of other recent honors and Princeton’s leadership role in cardiovascular care, visit:


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