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Chest pain center accreditation received

Norwalk Hospital has received chest pain center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, 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.

The 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 health care.

To become an accredited chest pain center, Norwalk Hospital engaged in rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to integrate the health-care industry's successful practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care processes. Protocol-based medicine developed by leading experts in cardiac care to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment are part of Norwalk Hospital's overall cardiac care service.

Norwalk Hospital's care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the patient with acute coronary syndrome.

and includes such focal points as dispatch, emergency medical system, emergency department, cath lab, Norwalk Hospital's quality assurance plan and Norwalk Hospital's community outreach program, according to Edward Staunton, director of business and operations.

As an accredited chest pain center, Norwalk Hospital ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of 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. By becoming an Accredited chest pain center, Norwalk Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the ACS patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.

"People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that's a mistake," Eunice Kang, medical director of Norwalk Hospital's Chest Pain Center, said. "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."

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