Fleming County Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 -- The American College of Cardiology has recognized Fleming County Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Fleming County Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation in February 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. 

"ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center Accreditation on Fleming County Hospital," said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. "We commend Fleming County Hospital for its demonstrated commitment to providing Fleming County, Kentucky and the Buffalo Trace Area Development District with excellent cardiac care." 

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.
"Earning accreditation as a Chest Pain Center confirms that our hospital has the right processes in place to care for patients who come to us with chest pain or other signs and symptoms related to heart attack and acute coronary syndrome. I am incredibly proud of the emergency department staff, leadership, and physicians here at Fleming County Hospital for working so hard to provide our community with high quality, life-saving care," said Fleming County Hospital CEO Brian Springate. "Minutes matter in heart care, and every second we save can have an impact on the future quality of life for a patient who has experienced a serious cardiac event. Our Accredited Chest Pain Center is another way that Fleming County Hospital is Making Communities Healthier" 

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Fleming County 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. 

Fleming County Hospital is a 52-bed acute care hospital nestled in the rolling hills of North Eastern Kentucky, close to the Ohio River.  The hospital was established in 1962 and opened a new facility in 2008 offering mostly private rooms, expanded operating rooms, a larger Emergency Department, and many other enhancements.  The new hospital boasts approximately 100,000 square feet and provides access to quality care to the members of Fleming and the surrounding counties.

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.