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St. Vincent’s Riverside Receives Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside is proud to announce it has earned full Chest Pain reaccreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. In addition, they provide standardized diagnostic and treatment programs and 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.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack and that can cause severe heart muscle damage,” said Dr. George Pilcher, Chief of Cardiology at St. Vincent’s Riverside. “Every second counts when it comes to cardiac care and the sooner treatment begins, the better chance for a full recovery.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Vincent’s Riverside engaged in a rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. This means that processes are in place at St. Vincent’s Riverside that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • 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 they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

“We are proud of the entire team at St. Vincent’s Riverside for their efforts to earn this designation,” said Christine Veal, Director of Cardiology for St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “Patient safety requires a commitment from our doctors, nurses and other associates involved in patient care, all working toward a common goal.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. 600,000 people die each year from heart disease. Visit to learn more about St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s history as a leader in cardiac care.


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