Haywood Regional Celebrates Becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center

February 24, 2017

Haywood Regional celebrated becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center on Thurs Feb. 23 with a celebratory and educational event open to the public.

Activities at this event included Hands only CPR education with demos and mannequins, educational booths, signs and symptoms of a heart attack education, heart health, Don’t Drive – Stay Alive, representatives of Western Carolina Cardiology, health screenings (BMI, BP) and refreshments.

Keynote speakers at the celebration were Rod Harkleroad, RN, MMHC - Chief Executive Officer, Abby Fairbank, MPH – Director of Quality and Systems Improvement for the American Heart Association, Kim Chidester – Director of Grassroots and Local Policy for You’re The Cure / American Heart Association.

“The list of people we have to thank for their hard work and dedication to receive this accreditation is lengthy, and all of equal importance. We are here to make communities healthier, that is our mission statement, and becoming a hospital that is known for its responsive and quality care to heart patients is a huge accomplishment,” said Rod Harkleroad, RN, MMHC, CEO, Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Haywood Regional Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. Haywood Regional Medical Center engaged in a rigorous and lengthy evaluation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

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. 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.

Chest Pain Center accreditation improves care by enhancing coordination among all providers involved in the patient’s care: emergency responders, local EMS, our hospital ED team, the critical care unit and cardiac rehab. To Western North Carolina, 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

A part of becoming an accredited chest pain center, Haywood Regional will be engaged in ongoing community outreach and education on heart health. In addition to the celebration event, Haywood Regional is hosting a series of “Know Your Numbers - Heart Month” screening events to promote awareness of signs and symptoms of a heart attack

The screenings include BP / BMI screenings, signs & symptoms of a heart attack, Stay Alive – Don’t Drive, hands only CPR information, and more.  The next screenings are scheduled at Mast General Store Waynesville from 1-3 p.m. on Tues Feb. 28 and Thurs March 2. These events are free of charge and open to the public. Visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/popup or call 800.424.DOCS (3627) for more information.

Haywood Regional also hosted an online campaign for 28 Days of Heart Health and Education with daily articles covering symptoms and warning signs of heart attack, prevention of heart disease, healthy recipes, and more – archived and available at MyHaywoodRegional.com/28days