The American College of Cardiology has recognized King’s Daughters
Medical Center for its
demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain.
KDMC was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in June
based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate,
diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
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.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty.
It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary
arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce
heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack
symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As
required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, 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. In addition, they have formal
agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients
to their facility for primary PCI.
King’s Daughters has been continuously accredited as a Chest Pain
Center with Primary PCI since 2004 and was the first hospital in the Tri-State
area to earn chest pain accreditation.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center
with Primary PCI Accreditation on King’s Daughters Medical Center,”
said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We
commend KDMC for its demonstrated commitment to providing Ashland, Boyd
County and surrounding areas with excellent cardiac care.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI 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.
About King's Daughters Medical Center
King’s Daughters Medical Center is a locally controlled, not-for-profit,
465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular,
medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric,
cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For
additional information, visit us online at KingsDaughtersHealth.com or
call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire
cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than
52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart
health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and
guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve
care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions,
provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research
and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent
For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org,
or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.