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Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Receives ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Posted Date: 1/16/2024
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center at Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Our heart care team in Kingwood is committed to elevating the standard of heart care for rural patients,” said Dr. Bradford Warden, Executive Director and Chief of Cardiology at Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. “Mon Health’s Heart & Vascular Center is nationally recognized by the ACC with HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence and named by U.S. News & World Report to its 2023-2024 Best Hospitals as a High Performing Hospital in COPD and Heart Failure. These achievements, along with our Chest Pain Center Accreditation, are examples of the unwavering commitment to excellence we have across our Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. We are proud to have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation at Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital and will continue to provide the best of heart care in a local setting.”

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. They 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. 

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves, completing a gap analysis, 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.

“At Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital, our mission is to enhance the health of the communities we serve, one patient at a time, and receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a testament to our continued efforts to make that mission a top priority,” said Melissa Lockwood, Chief Administrative Officer of Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital.

Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center experts treat patients in several locations across the state. This shared team of providers was also recognized by the ACC at Mon Health Medical Center in January as Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI for the twelfth consecutive year, and as the first hospital in West Virginia to earn Electrophysiology Accreditation for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who experience rhythmic issues.

"Mon Health System is dedicated to increasing access to excellent, data-driven care for all of our patients. We are honored to have achieved Chest Pain Center Accreditation at Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System and Vice President of Vandalia Health. “These accreditations demonstrate our commitment to bringing outstanding healthcare close to home and are a testament to the diligence of our staff to provide each patient that walks through our doors with the highest quality care.”

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