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Published:  June 10, 2009

Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

The Woodlands, TX - St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The hospital has integrated the industry’s best practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care services.

With 600,000 dying annually of heart disease, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. 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 Chest Pain Center’s 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 they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at St. Luke’s The Woodlands 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.

“We are excited to announce our accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI,” said Debra F. Sukin, CEO, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, “By utilizing the newest paradigm in heart care, such protocol-driven initiatives underscore St. Luke’s focus on exceptional quality health care for our community, especially in the arena of the hospital’s premier heart program.”

Patrick Laird, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, Director of Critical Care Services for St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, explained, “People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake. The average patient arrives in the Emergency Department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t know is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome.”

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way in The Woodlands, at the southwest corner of SH 242 and I-45.  For more information, please call (936) 266-2000 or visit

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