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​Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Denton — Denton, TX receives full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on August 31, 2016. Accreditation expires on August 30, 2019.

Mark A. Valentine was pleased to announce that Baylor Scott & White Heart – Denton earned Full Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), based on THHBD's STEMI treatment strategies. Tiffany Hart, BSN, RN, CCC, Emergency Department Manager and EMS Liaison along with a talented multidisciplinary team, collaborated over the past year preparing for the accreditation process.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC's goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center's (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring helps prevent patients being sent home too early or needlessly admitted.

SCPC's CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC's CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC's Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, Baylor Scott & White Heart – Denton demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Supporting the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes quality patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About Baylor Scott & White Heart – Denton

Baylor Scott & White Heart – Denton, Joint ownership with physicians, is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, Joint ownership with physicians, the largest physician-owned cardiovascular specialty hospital in the country and the highest volume heart surgery in Texas and the DFW Metroplex. Part of Baylor Scott & With Health (BSWH), Baylor Scott & White Heart – Denton has become the 4th largest heart surgery program within the system after only three years of operation and is consistently at the top of BSWH's patient satisfaction scores, as reported through the HCAHPS survey. Highly trained physicians on the medical staff and skilled clinicians, consistently deliver quality outcomes. THHBD has been ranked in the top 5 percent of all Press Ganey® clients and received the "Guardian of Excellence™," in December 2015, for Patient Experience, based on inpatient satisfaction scores over a year's period. THHBD has received recognition from Becker's Hospital Review for being one of the top 65 hospitals in the country whose physicians always communicate well with their patients, as well as one of the nation's top 55 hospitals patients would definitely recommend. THHBD earned a rating of 5-Stars for "Patients' Experiences" — the highest score possible, through The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Compare, based on data from the HCAPHS survey*. THHBD is an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) and has also received the Pathway to Excellence Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

*Rating based on CMS website for periods 7.1.14 through 6.30.15.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.

For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit​, or call toll-free 1.877.271.4176.

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