Contact: Michelle Manuel
LIBERTY, MO. (March 26, 2021) – Liberty Hospital has been recognized nationally by The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation for demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. The hospital was reviewed based on rigorous onsite evaluation of staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
“Liberty Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations in achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation,” said David Feess, president and CEO of Liberty Hospital. “Our excellent team of cardiac and emergency medicine professionals are truly committed to providing leading edge cardiac care to our community.”
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. The evaluation covers early assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. Accredited hospitals 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. “Liberty Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: 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.