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Published on August 31, 2011

Rush-Copley Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center


(Aurora, Ill.) –  Rush-Copley Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive 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.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Rush-Copley engaged in a rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  To the community served by Rush-Copley, this 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.

Rush-Copley received accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).  PCI is a therapeutic procedure used to treat the narrowed arteries of the heart found in heart disease.

“With accreditation for Precutaneous Coronary Intervention, Rush-Copley is a able to handle additional invasive procedures to treat chest pain and heart attack patients,” said K.G. Chua, M.D., cardiologist at Rush-Copley. “During a heart attack opening blocked blood vessels early can prevent further heart muscle damage and increase chances of survival.  PCI such as using a balloon or stent is among the most effective ways to open blocked vessels.”

The amount of time between a heart attack patient’s arrival at the hospital to the time he/she receives PCI, also called door to balloon time, is critical to protecting heart muscle.  Rush-Copley’s average door to balloon time is 60 minutes – well below the national goal of 90 minutes.  The earlier PCI is performed, the more effective it is in improving patient outcomes.

“Rush-Copley is continually working to provide our patients with state-of-the-art cardiac care during that critical window of time when we can preserve the integrity of the muscle intact,” said Christopher Hwang, M.D., Medical Director of Emergency Medicine.  “Our local paramedics and other first responders play a critical role in the care of heart attack patients and have been instrumental in providing the best possible care for patients arriving to the hospital by ambulance.”

Rush-Copley ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide in treating heart attacks and heart failure and is the most preferred hospital for heart care by area consumers.  From diagnostic screenings to cardiac rehab, Rush-Copley offers advanced, non-surgical techniques and innovative interventional procedures.  To learn more about heart care at Rush-Copley, visit rushcopley.com/Heart.

About Rush-Copley Medical Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital providing health and wellness services to the greater Fox Valley community. Nearly 500 physicians and 2,000 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients.  Rush-Copley is a member of the Rush-System for Health.

Society for Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.  SCPC focuses on transforming 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 organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and 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.  To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation, certifications and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

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Courtney Satlak
Public Relations Manager
630-978-4912
Courtney.Satlak@rushcopley.com

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