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Fairview Park Now Region’s ONLY Accredited Chest Pain Center With PCI

July 04, 2011

July 4, 2011 (Dublin, GA) – Fairview Park Hospital (FPH) has been recognized with a cardiology mark of excellence; Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).  Awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), this distinction sets Fairview Park apart from other area facilities in the treatment of patients with heart related illnesses.  FPH is 1 of only 16 facilities in the state of Georgia to be recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. 

 An international organization, the SCPC is dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.  Hospitals that have received chest pain center accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with signs & symptoms of a heart attack. Accredited facilities 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. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“This is a very proud moment for our facility and represents the tireless efforts that went into making this possible,” says Don Avery, Chief Executive Officer of FPH.  “Our mission is to offer the highest quality of care to the people of middle Georgia.  This accreditation signifies that we’re doing so at an ‘excellent’ level.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Fairview Park engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who are experiencing the signs & symptoms of a heart attack. To the community served by FPH, 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
  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • 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

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Donna Trickey, FPH Chief Nursing Officer. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Fairview Park offers another enhancement to the quality of care for the cardiac patient, further demonstrating its ongoing commitment to higher standards.  Fairview Park Hospital answered a need for Regional cardiac care with the opening of the Heart Center in 2001, offering cardiac catheterization, stress testing, echocardiograms, and nuclear cardiology.  The continuum of care for the heart patient includes focal points such as dispatch, Emergency Medical Services, emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehabilitation, FPH’s quality assurance plan, and community outreach programs. 

Having participated in the Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team (C-PORT) trial, Fairview Park has also been granted approval to continue performing specific interventional cardiology procedures; angioplasty & stenting.  With the recent addition of a board-certified thoracic surgeon, the FPH physician team of cardiologists is experienced and available 24/7.  If a patient needs open-heart surgery, FPH physicians and staff work closely with our sister facility in Macon providing a seamless transition of care to Coliseum Heart Institute at Coliseum Medical Centers (Coliseum Heart Institute is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center).