Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

As part of the accreditation, Doctors Hospital undertook a rigorous evaluation of its heart care processes. Doctors Hospital’s cardiac care services include protocol-based procedures that reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages of a heart attack, and the hospital works seamlessly with area emergency medical services to ensure that patients get the treatment they need. 

“Our primary reason for seeking the voluntary accreditation is our commitment to preventing untimely death and disability from heart disease,” said C. Shayne George, CEO of Doctors Hospital.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. Earning accreditation means that Doctors Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Earlier this year, Doctors Hospital achieved approval from the state to offer angioplasty, a therapeutic procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. Angioplasty is performed on more than 1 million people a year in the United States.