Havasu Regional Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

February 18, 2015

Lake Havasu City, AZ  (February 18, 2015) –  Havasu Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation 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. 

ls 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, HRMC engaged in rigorous evaluations by SCPC for their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  The accreditation 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 Accreditation 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 Mike Patterson, HRMC CEO. 

Havasu Regional Medical Center addresses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including important areas such as first responder dispatch, emergency medical system, emergency department, cath lab, open heart surgery, quality assurance plan, and community outreach programs. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, HRMC has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and have demonstrated their commitment to higher standards.

Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Havasu Regional Medical Centers 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. 

About Havasu Regional Medical Center

Havasu Regional Medical Center is a licensed 181 bed acute care facility fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Providing 24 hour emergency services, it is also a state certified Advanced Life Support Base Hospital, authorizing medical direction and support of pre-hospital care providers, fire department paramedic and ambulance personnel. The facility offers a full complement of patient-centered, community hospital and regional referral services in most major medical disciplines, including open heart and neurosurgery. More than 130 affiliated physicians and allied health professionals comprise the medical staff and represent a broad cross-section of specialty areas. More information can be found on its website at www.HavasuRegional.com

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.