Chest pain center's accreditation gets renewed

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center announced Tuesday that the accreditation of its chest pain center was renewed by the international Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

To earn accreditation, GMC engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Criteria that certified organizations must meet are aimed at: reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, treating patients more quickly during the critical time window when heart muscles can be preserved and monitoring patients that are not sure if they’re having a heart attack.

“The chest pain center accreditation mark’s GMC’s ongoing commitment to outstanding patient care,” hospital CEO Phil Wolfe said in a statement. “With the system in place, we can continue to expedite treatment to heart attack patients, thereby reducing potential damage to their hearts and increasing positive patient outcomes.”

Accredited since 2005, the achievement marks GMC’s third consecutive application of the three-year certification program.