Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Recognized for Excellence with American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation in April based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation, or Re-Accreditation, have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Re-Accreditation on Lake Norman Regional Medical Center,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated commitment to providing the greater Mooresville and Lake Norman communities with excellent cardiac care.”
Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake, states Lizzy LaCount, MSN, RN, CEN, Program Coordinator – Chest Pain and Stroke, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. “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.”
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Lake Norman Regional Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks. By maintaining recognition as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.
About Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care to individuals throughout the greater Lake Norman region. Located just off I-77 at Exit 33, the Mooresville medical campus offers complete specialty services from 24-hour emergency medicine and maternity to oncology and advanced surgical services.
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institution is, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information about the ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.