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TALLADEGA, Ala. – December 4, 2015 - Citizens Baptist Medical Center (Citizens) announced today that it received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center (CPC) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is the first time Citizens has received this three-year accreditation, following a rigorous application and evaluation process.

“This accreditation recognizes the collaborative approach at Citizens and highlights our dedication to delivering innovative, high-quality healthcare within our cardiac program and throughout our hospital,” said Joel Taylor, president at Citizens. “Our combined efforts have made Citizens a top choice for cardiac care not only in Talladega, but in our surrounding areas.”

To receive the CPC accreditation from SCPC, hospitals must meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Accredited hospitals possess expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack and emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. Additionally, accredited CPCs serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, while attempting to reduce the risk factors for heart attack by promoting a healthier lifestyle.

“The entire team is proud of our collective efforts and systematic, empirical approach to cardiac patient care that led to Citizens’ recognition as an accredited Chest Pain Center,” said Ann McEntire, chief nursing officer at Citizens. “We look forward to continuing our mission to deliver optimal care while creating a comfortable treatment environment for patients in the midst of a cardiac event.”

This recognition comes in part due to Citizens’ strong relationships with local EMS, a reduced time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack, improved transfer and laboratory reporting times, high-quality staff and community education programs, and enhanced onsite procedural and feedback systems.

By achieving SCPC’s full accreditation as a CPC, Citizens demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, provides healthcare services to communities in the greater Birmingham Alabama area through its equity ownership in a joint venture with Tenet Healthcare. As part of this joint venture, Baptist Health System appoints half of the joint venture's Board of Directors. Additionally, Baptist Health System provides administrative and other support to the Baptist Health Foundation. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect its Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations.

About Brookwood Medical Center

Founded in 1973, Brookwood Medical Center is one of the largest private hospitals in Alabama, and a leading provider of advanced medical care to the Homewood community and beyond. Brookwood’s medical staff is comprised of more than 900 privately practicing physicians and its workforce includes more than 2,500 employees and volunteers. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Brookwood Medical Center is a full service acute care hospital, widely recognized for its cardiology, oncology, mental health and orthopedic program. For more information on Brookwood's services, visit call 205.877.8800.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is “Taking Science to the Bedside™” and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease


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