Henry County Medical Center, Part of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Earns Cycle III Chest Pain Accreditation

NASHVILLE & PARIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Officials with Henry County Medical Center and Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network announced today that the hospital has received Cycle III Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Henry County Medical Center became a member of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network in late 2006. Henry County Medical Center successfully navigated through the review process and met the requirements for Cycle III Chest Pain Center Accreditation. They were awarded a Cycle III status in September, 2011.

To celebrate this achievement, Henry County Medical Center will hold a commemoration event on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Henry County Medical Center Cafeteria. This event will be open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

“Achieving this accreditation reflects our hospital’s commitment to the care of our community and the ability to perform best practices so our patients and their families can have the most positive experience possible,” commented Tom Gee, CEO of Henry County Medical Center.

Providers can receive accreditation from The Society of Chest Pain Centers by meeting the rigorous standards which are based on protocols that provide proven direction for effective heart care. These criteria include clinical outcome statistics and nationwide comparisons.

These standards and protocols are the guiding principles for care at each Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center Network hospital. The following centers make up the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network and have achieved the highest level of Society of Chest Pain accreditation:

*Pending accreditation

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States; 600,000 people a year die from heart disease. More than 5 million Americans with chest pain visit hospitals each year. According to the American Heart Association, heart attack patients have a 37 percent greater chance of survival when treated at an accredited chest pain center.

The primary goal of a Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center is to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for patients experiencing symptoms of a heart attack to see a physician in order to receive care during the window of time in which treatments are most effective.

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEART

Saint Thomas Heart is the cardiac division of Saint Thomas Health Services and includes the cardiology programs at Baptist Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Saint Thomas Hospital. With approximately 60 cardiac specialists in more than 25 regional clinics throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and Tennessee’s largest network of accredited Chest Pain Centers, Saint Thomas Heart offers greater access and experience, seeing more patients than anyone in Tennessee. www.saintthomasheart.com or www.moresurvivors.com.

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH

Saint Thomas Health is the market share leader in Middle Tennessee and a faith-based health ministry with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health’s regional health system consists of five hospitals – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services and ambulatory surgery as well as medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.sths.com.



CONTACT:

Saint Thomas Health
Rebecca Climer, 615-284-6839

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