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Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Achieves Chest Pain Center Accreditation

December 16, 2010

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.  Grand Strand Regional is the only accredited chest pain center in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They 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 they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“This is another milestone for our outstanding cardiac program,” said Doug White, CEO.  “The hospital is ranked #1 in SC for cardiac surgery and has excellent door to balloon treatment times and bypass surgery outcomes. The chest pain accreditation is a result of teamwork from the hospital and local emergency medical responders.  All groups must work together for optimal care.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Grand Strand Regional engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Grand Strand Regional ensures and is committed to:

  • 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

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states John Molnar, MD, emergency department medical director. “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.”

Grand Strand Regional’s state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes the emergency department, three catheterization laboratories, an open heart surgery program, cardiovascular and medical intensive care units, cardiac rehabilitation, quality assurance program, community outreach and more.