Published on March 12, 2012

Baptist DeSoto emergency department accredited as a Chest Pain Center

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto emergency department was recently named an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The Baptist DeSoto emergency department engaged in rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes to earn the accreditation. The department uses protocol-based medicine, developed by leading experts in cardiac care, to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

"At Baptist DeSoto, we strive to provide innovative, effective cardiac care," said Debbie Stubblefield, Baptist DeSoto's director of nursing administration. "This accreditation is a direct reflection of our commitment to quality care for our patients."

As an accredited Chest Pain Center, patients experiencing chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.

According to SCPC, its accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. After conducting an onsite review, SCPC's accreditation review specialists found that Baptist DeSoto's emergency department met or exceeded a wide set of stringent criteria, including integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system and assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly.

The SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. SCPC provides support for individual hospitals and hospital systems to bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing tools, education and support to navigate the changing face of health care.

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room. In 2010, Baptist DeSoto received the Hospital of the Year award (100 beds or more) from the Mississippi Nurses Association. The hospital offers open-heart surgery and a number of other cardiovascular services, and the emergency department's heart attack response rate is, on average, 30 minutes faster than the national benchmark. Baptist DeSoto's inpatient rehabilitation program ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation for quality in a report based on 2009 performance outcomes. In 2010, the hospital's Women's Center became the first breast imaging facility in DeSoto County to offer digital mammography. In 2011, Baptist DeSoto's emergency department was upgraded to a level III trauma designation.

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