Adventist Medical Center Receives Prestigious Chest Pain Center Accreditation

August 17, 2009

The five-star, 302-bed hospital, located in east Portland, Oregon, is among the nation's top 10 percent of hospitals for their speed and accuracy in reopening blocked vessels. This accreditation confirms the results of AMC's quality outcomes, available by clicking here, for which the hospital has become known. AMC currently treats one in three Multnomah County cardiac arrest patients.

"Accreditation as a chest pain center with coronary intervention is a wonderful affirmation of the high level of clinical quality provided at Northwest Regional Heart Center for patients suffering with either a heart attack, unstable angina or other causes of chest pain. This national recognition is an acknowledgment of our one heart-team approach and dedication to providing our community with the highest possible quality of cardiac care," commented Dr. Bradley Titus, vice president of Heart Services at Adventist Medical Center.

The SCPC focuses on a hospital's ability to demonstrate expertise in eight key areas. These areas are:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having 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.

The NRHC has consistently demonstrated strategic health practices, such as providing aspirin to 100 percent of heart attack patients upon arrival to help prevent blocked blood vessels, offering smoking cessation counseling to every heart attack patient, and always giving a beta blocker at discharge to help prevent future heart attacks due to clots. "These practices, combined with the efforts of AMC's physicians and nurses collaborating with local paramedics and fire departments, are among the reasons AMC has a 98 percent success rate in treatment of heart attacks," said Joyce Goitein, registered nurse, MBA and administrative director of Emergency Services at Adventist Medical Center.

The NRHC uses state of the art technology, certified staff specialized in cardiac care and a full scope of interventional cardiac services to identify and treat heart disease. The newly built 181,000 square foot Pavilion on the campus of AMC houses the NRHC containing two cardiac catheterization labs, five chest pain observation beds, a six-bed pre/post procedure area, and nine inpatient rooms.

The accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. When examining potential candidates for accreditation, the Society evaluates dedication to early assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). "The rigorous evaluation process for this nationally sought after accreditation highlights the entire cardiac team's dedication to excellence," said Eloise Gatchet, a registered nurse and Critical Care and Cardiac clinical nurse specialist at AMC.

As of August 2009, the SCPC has accredited only 500 hospitals worldwide. Before receiving accreditation, the NRHC undertook a rigorous re-evaluation and refinement of heart care processes in order to integrate the industry's best practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care services. Cindy Nutter, AMC's administrative director of the Intensive Care Unit, Telemetry, and Catheterization Lab Nurses said, "This accreditation puts us on a level with some of the best hospitals. To get here, we had to go through a thorough process to ensure we were systematic in providing excellence. Now we can be sure that each of our patients is getting the very best care we can give them."

About Adventist Medical Center
Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is home to the Northwest Regional Heart Center (NRHC), respected nationally for their care of cardiac patients.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 18 hospitals with more than 2,800 beds, nearly 18,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, the largest system of rural health clinics in California, 15 home care agencies and three joint-venture retirement centers with a fourth on the way. For more information, visit or

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, "What is right for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

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