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Memorial Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 27, 2013) – Memorial Hospital announced today it has achieved an important and distinguished accreditation recognizing its expertise in preventing and treating heart attacks, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) has awarded Memorial full accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Hospitals with SCPC accreditation have implemented protocols and procedures that lead to faster, better care for patients experiencing heart attacks or chest pain.
To become accredited, Memorial Hospital demonstrated its expertise across a stringent set of criteria and underwent a rigorous onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the ‘extra,’” said Memorial Hospital President and CEO Mike Scialdone. “As an accredited Chest Pain Center, we’ve focused on the extras that improve lives and help people in life-or-death situations return home to their families.”
“This accreditation recognizes that our protocols across the system are optimized to reduce the time from when a person experiences chest pain or heart attack symptoms to diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Russell Linsky, Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology for Memorial Hospital. “The sooner we identify symptoms and administer treatment, the more we are able to preserve the integrity of heart muscle and the better the outcomes are for patients.”
It begins with education. The faster someone recognizes the symptoms and signs, the faster someone will seek help. It also requires a strong relationship with first responders and emergency personnel, whose early interventions before arriving at the hospital are critical. And once someone arrives at the hospital, it requires efficient processes and good communication.
Some 600,000 people die annually of heart disease, and more than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC and Memorial share a goal 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 one of numerous developments that have taken place at Memorial in the past year under University of Colorado Health. Other improvements include hiring numerous physicians – including cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons - the development of a new multi-million dollar medical record, investments in new technology, Primary Stroke Center Certification, and the pursuit of Level 1 Trauma designation. University of Colorado Health, which also includes nationally known University of Colorado Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, and Medical Center of the Rockies, is the only health system in Colorado to leverage the strengths of academic and community-based hospitals.
Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:
  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  •  Effectively treating patients with 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
  • Having 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

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital, now part of University of Colorado Health, has been part of the Colorado Springs community since 1904. Memorial has two hospitals, Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North, and more than a dozen facilities throughout the Pikes Peak Region. University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that 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. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.