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South Shore Hospital Completes Cycle III Accreditation as Chest Pain Center

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
July 19, 2012
(781) 624-8970

Only hospital with full Chest Pain Center accreditation in Southeastern Mass.

South Weymouth, MA.— July 19, 2012 — South Shore Hospital is pleased to announce it has received Cycle III Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). South Shore Hospital was the first accredited Chest Pain Center in New England in 2006 and remains the only accredited center in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Completing the Cycle III process means the hospital now has full accreditation as an Accredited Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The formal evaluation process began in April 2006 when South Shore Hospital became the first hospital in New England to receive SCPC Cycle I accreditation status. Cycle I accreditation is the first of three levels in the accreditation process. Cycle I indicates that a hospital has the structure necessary to deliver the highest standard of chest pain care. Cycle II, which South Shore Hospital earned in 2009, concentrates on the process by which the hospital operates in order to efficiently make use of its resources. Cycle III, the final accreditation, focuses on the patient outcomes that demonstrate the improvement of care for chest pain patients and that South Shore Hospital provides a greater level of expertise in the care of patients with heart attack symptoms. Our full accreditation affirms our commitment to promote healthier and safer lifestyles for patients.

To the communities served by South Shore Hospital, full accreditation 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.

South Shore Hospital’s cardiovascular program encompasses the entire continuum of care for the cardiovascular patient from pre-hospital care that includes the Emergency Medical System (EMS) and ambulance dispatch to arrival in the emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation, and through quality assurance of all processes in accordance with the National Committee for Quality Assurance plan, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community outreach program.

Please visit southshorehospital.org/cardiovascular or call 781-624-8272 for more information about South Shore Hospital’s cardiovascular program.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.  For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top Best Regional Hospitals in the Boston area by U.S. News & World Report for 2012 and named a Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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