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August 31, 2021

Sharon Regional Medical Center Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

Sharon Regional Medical Center Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
Sharon Regional provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

Sharon, PA — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Sharon Regional for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Sharon Regional was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in August 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.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, 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. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

“Sharon Regional has demonstrated its commitment to providing excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Sharon Regional with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI 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.

“Our organization is committed to making our heart care program offered through The Heart and Vascular Center the best that it can possibly be.  This means pursuing a path of continual improvement that includes the ongoing evaluation of our clinical practices and investing in the latest tools, techniques and innovations,” stated Bob Rogalski, President of Sharon Regional Medical Center. “When the people who live and work in the Shenango Valley think about quality heart care, we want them to equate that to the cardiac care available here at Sharon Regional.”

Sharon Regional Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care Network, the nation’s largest private, physician-owned and led hospital system, which leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to provide safe and high-quality care in patients’ communities.     

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Sharon Regional access to a comprehensive suite of 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.