All three Columbia St. Marys Hospitals are fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee Receives National Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center

(All three Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals now have this accreditation)

Mequon, Wis., June 28, 2006 - Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce that Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee has received full accreditation status as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international, non-profit organization focused on improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies.

Each of the three Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals is now accredited as Chest Pain Centers by the SCPC. The three hospitals are among only 16 hospitals in Wisconsin to receive this distinction, which recognize the Chest Pain Centers for their superb quality of care.

“Columbia St. Mary’s has the processes and protocols in place to provide the highest level of care for patients experiencing a heart attack as well as those who are experiencing symptoms that could progress to a heart attack,” said Thomas Dohmeier, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services. “The Chest Pain Center staffs have demonstrated their expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting the SCPC criteria and focusing on continual quality improvement in the care of these patients.”

Since the full cardiovascular program began at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee last fall, from mid-October 2005 to May 31, 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s has performed more than 50 open heart procedures, and 300 cardiac catheterizations at its Ozaukee Hospital.

The SCPC inaugurated an accreditation process through which it evaluates Chest Pain Centers across the country to ensure that these centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

This recognition means Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals have met and exceeded several chest pain care standards, including:

  • Ensuring collaboration between the Emergency Department and the local emergency medical system
  • Rapid assessment, diagnoses, and treatment for cardiac patients
  • Effectively treating patients who are low risk for acute coronary syndrome that have no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures in cardiac care
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency
About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Columbia, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.


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