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CDH Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Specialized approach reduces treatment time for patients

WINFIELD, Ill., April 28, 2008 — Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) has been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center, a diagnostic center with proven protocols to help physicians identify the early stages of a heart attack, which might otherwise go undiagnosed. Establishment of a Chest Pain Center in an emergency department has been shown to reduce mortality rates from myocardial infarctions by 37 percent, according to a recent study in Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association.* The Chest Pain Center at Central DuPage Hospital is one of only five in the Chicago area and the 31st nationwide to be accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

“The Chest Pain Center team members are experts in caring for patients with chest pain whether or not they are having a heart attack. We move quickly for patients who require it, or observe closely overnight for those patients whose diagnosis is less clear,” says Joseph Boyle, DO, Chest Pain Center director and medical director of the emergency department at CDH.

The center is the reason a 61-year-old Carol Stream man who arrived late one night with chest pains walked out the next day, assured that what he experienced was not a cardiac event. After being monitored overnight with blood tests and EKGs and a treadmill test the next morning, he was released in less than 24 hours. “I felt great when I left CDH, knowing that absolutely everything had been done that was needed to determine that my heart was running fine,” he said. “It’s reassuring to know that I live near a hospital where this kind of thorough care is possible.”

More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. At CDH, more than 3000 patients have been seen in the nine-bed Chest Pain Center since its opening in 2004, and the specialized approach has enabled physicians to reduce time to treatment and ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. “In many cases, it’s difficult for patients to differentiate between an acid reflux attack or a chest pain originating from the heart. That’s what we are here for,” explains Dr. Boyle.

According to the SCPC, the Chest Pain Center at Central DuPage Hospital demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria which include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

*Circulation, Oct. 26, 2004

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric nonprofit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. 

For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or director@scpcp.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein as well as the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Central DuPage Hospital