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Eastside receives full chest pain center accreditation

SNELLVILLE — Eastside Medical Center has joined nearly 800 hospitals as part of a movement to reduce the rate of heart attack deaths.

The Snellville hospital has received full chest pain center accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, also known as angioplasty or stenting, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. One of the missions of the SCPHC is to educate communities to not overlook early heart attack symptoms, and promote immediate interventions that can prevent death.

“Time is muscle with heart attacks, and patients need high quality treatment quickly,” said Eastside’s Medical Director Dr. Marcus Porkert in a press release. “The accreditation of our facility as a Chest Pain Center signifies our dedication to providing expert and efficient heart care to the community.”

SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of the figures that said 600,000 people die annually of heart disease, while more than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

To gain accreditation, the SCPC found that the Chest Pain Center at Eastside Medical Center demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of criteria. The center underwent an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists.

It demonstrated that the center, among other areas, integrated the emergency department with the local emergency medical system, assessed, diagnosed and treated patients quickly, effectively treated patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for symptoms and to continually improve processes and procedures.