Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) was recently reaccredited as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), making it the only hospital in East Pasco with this distinction, according to Debbie Moore, RN, RCIS, FHZ’s Chest Pain Coordinator and Director of Interventional Cardiology. The accreditation is good for three years.
“Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the only hospital in East Pasco that performs open heart surgery and atrial septal closures,” said Moore. “Moreover, we’re proud that our Heart Institute staff team has more than 100 years of combined heart care experience.”
According to the SCPC, 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 that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
“The accreditation is an ongoing and rigorous process. We report data and quality measures to the SCPC monthly but it doesn’t end there,” Moore said. “In addition to the type of care and services we’re able to offer patients through our Heart Institute, the hospital is engaged in heart disease education like the MEGA Heart Expo in February, our Heartbeats monthly heart disease support group, hands-only CPR demonstrations and heart-related presentations in east Pasco communities. Our educational partnership with local emergency is also invaluable.”
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, FHZ 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
• Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
• Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
• Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
• Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.
“While our Heart Institute team members are proud to have received this reaccreditation as it helps us to recognize what a quality program we have, we are dedicated to continued improvement,” Moore added.
For information on FHZ’s Heart Institute or some of the programs mentioned, visit HeartExpertsPasco.com.
About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including general, orthopedic, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic and vascular. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers emergency services, a robotics program, Bone and Joint Center, wellness center, wellness spa, rehabilitation, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit FHZeph.org for more information.