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Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Sayre, Pa. -- Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital received full Chest Pain Center accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

“We are proud to be able to offer the patients of the region a comprehensive Cardiac and Vascular Center that gets each patient to the most appropriate care, saving time, heart muscle and lives. We are honored to be part of the select group of hospitals that have been recognized with this distinction,” said Dr. Daniel Sporn, Guthrie Clinic Chief of Cardiology.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has demonstrated expertise in the following key areas:

•        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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
•        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

More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s goal 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.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital’s Chest Pain Center protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.
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