JPMC is an Accredited Chest Pain Center

Jackson Purchase Medical Center is an accredited chest pain center and part of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits to the patient for the local facility to be part of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network?
The same ACC/AHA guidelines are in place at each of the network facilities which allows the patient to receive the same initial diagnosis and treatment for chest pain as provided at a Saint Thomas Health Services facility.

The components of a Chest Pain Center include the ENTIRE facility working together to provide the BEST possible care for the chest pain patient. From the 911 call that someone is having a heart attack, to cardiac intervention, to the patient's discharge after a heart attack.

What does it mean to be an accredited chest pain center?
The Chest Pain Center Model is an operational process for the care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. It begins when a patient activates EMS, continues through patient discharge, and encompasses the entire facility. The Chest Pain Center (CPC) integrates an inter-departmental team working toward one common goal: to effectively and efficiently improve processes to assess, diagnose, and treat ACS.

What type of education is required for employees working in an accredited chest pain center?
Every nurse, physician, EMS and allied healthcare provider that cares for an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patient must receive additional training. The training may include ECG interpretation, ACS (pathophysiology, diagnosis, gender, and age), dysrythmias, etc....

What are the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Mock Drills?
The goal of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network Mock Drill is to detect and recognize opportunities for ACS process improvements from the 911 call to the local network hospital and onto a PCI capable facility.

How does the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center benefit the community?
An important part of being an accredited chest pain center is community education. The local Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center commits to:
  • Educate the community on warning signs and risk factors of heart disease
  • Educate the community on the importance of seeking early intervention when experiencing symptoms of heart attack
  • Improve community emergency access
How many hospitals are in the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network?
There are 12 hospitals that are accredited and two currently in process for a total of 14.

What does the "One Call" for cardiac transfers include?
It is a 24-hour, 7 days per week emergency service for all healthcare professionals to assist in the rapid transfer of the cardiac patient.

The admission coordinator will:
  • Accept the patient for facility and physician
  • Receive Report from the transferring facility
  • Facilitate Air Evac transport
  • Beep Cardiologist STAT
  • Arrange communication between referring and accepting physician
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