Haywood Regional Medical Center Hosting Chest Pain Educational Event and Accreditation Celebration

February 3, 2017

Haywood Regional Medical Center is hosting a chest pain educational event and accreditation celebration on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 3pm5pm at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in the classrooms.  The event will be celebrating the recent accreditation of Haywood Regional as a Chest Pain Center and offering educational activities to promote awareness of signs and symptoms of a heart attack, screenings, CPR education, and more.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a 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

Activities at this event will include:

  • Hands-only CPR education with demos and mannequins
  • Educational booth - Haywood EMS
  • Signs & Symptoms of a Heart Attack education
  • Heart Health education – diet / exercise / stress reduction
  • Don’t Drive – Stay Alive
  • Representatives of Western Carolina Cardiology
  • Meet cardiac survivors
  • Health Screenings (BMI, BP)
  • Tele-stroke robot
  • Refreshments

Keynote speakers will be Rod Harkleroad, RN, MMHC - Chief Executive Officer, Abby Fairbanks, MPH – American Heart Association, Kim Chidester – You’re The Cure / American Heart Association.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Susan Odom, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, ED Director at Haywood Regional.  “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. With our new accreditation and ongoing community outreach, we hope to bring greater awareness to the importance of timely care and help even more people in western North Carolina.

In addition to this event, Haywood Regional will be hosting pop-up education/screening events throughout the community each Tuesday and Thursday from February 7 – March 2 from 9am – 11am which will include screenings, signs & symptoms of a heart attack, Stay Alive – Don’t Drive, hands only CPR information, and more. Visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/popup or call 800.424.DOCS (3627) for scheduled locations. 

For more information about the event, please visit: MyHaywoodRegional.com/cpevent or call 800.424.DOCS (3627).


About the Hospital: Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, is located in Haywood County and offers a comprehensive array of services, including orthopedics, spine services, cardiology, general surgery, women's care, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and includes 12 multi-specialty physician clinics. The campus, located in Clyde, is also home to the 54,000 square foot Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center, the 44,000 square foot Haywood Regional Outpatient Care Center (includes the outpatient surgery center, laboratory, imaging center including women's imaging and physician practices) and nearby, The Homestead, an inpatient hospice facility. Haywood Regional Medical Center also operates two urgent care centers in the county, in Waynesville and Canton.  For more information, visit MyHaywoodRegional.com.

About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®.  Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an Institute of the American College of Cardiology, is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost-sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease

For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, clinical standards, and practice guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.