Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal rec­og­nized for ex­cel­lence with ACC Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy has rec­og­nized Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal for its demon­strated ex­per­tise and com­mit­ment in treat­ing pa­tients with chest pain.

SSRH was awarded Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion based on a rig­or­ous on­site eval­u­a­tion of the staff’s abil­ity to eval­u­ate, di­ag­nose and treat pa­tients who may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a heart at­tack.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, more than 730,000 Amer­i­cans suf­fer a heart at­tack each year. The most com­mon symp­tom of a heart at­tack for both men and women is chest pain or dis­com­fort. How­ever, women are more likely to have atyp­i­cal symp­toms.

Other heart at­tack symp­toms in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, tin­gling or dis­com­fort in one or both arms, back, shoul­der, neck or jaw, short­ness of breath, cold sweat, un­usual tired­ness, heart­burn-like feel­ing, nau­sea or vom­it­ing, sud­den dizzi­ness and faint­ing.

Hos­pi­tals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion have proven ex­cep­tional com­pe­tency in treat­ing pa­tients with heart at­tack symp­toms. They have stream­lined their sys­tems from ad­mis­sion to eval­u­a­tion to di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment all the way through to ap­pro­pri­ate post-dis­charge care and rec­om­men­da­tions and as­sis­tance in pa­tient life­style changes.

“Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal has demon­strated its com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing Siloam Springs and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties with ex­cel­lent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Man­age­ment Board. “ACC Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ser­vices is proud to award Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal with Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion.”

Hos­pi­tals re­ceiv­ing Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the ACC must take part in a mul­ti­fac­eted clin­i­cal process that in­volves com­plet­ing a gap anal­y­sis; ex­am­in­ing vari­ances of care, de­vel­op­ing an ac­tion plan; a rig­or­ous on­site re­view; and mon­i­tor­ing for sus­tained suc­cess. Im­proved meth­ods and strate­gies of car­ing for pa­tients in­clude stream­lin­ing pro­cesses, im­ple­ment­ing of guide­lines and stan­dards, and adopt­ing best prac­tices in the care of pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the signs and symp­toms of a heart at­tack. Fa­cil­i­ties that achieve ac­cred­i­ta­tion meet or ex­ceed an ar­ray of strin­gent cri­te­ria and have or­ga­nized a team of doc­tors, nurses, clin­i­cians, and other ad­min­is­tra­tive staff that earnestly sup­port the ef­forts lead­ing to bet­ter pa­tient ed­u­ca­tion and im­proved pa­tient out­comes.

“Chest Pain Cen­ter Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a great ac­com­plish­ment for our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer Maria Wlek­lin­ski. “We are com­mit­ted to us­ing the best prac­tices in heart at­tack treat­ment to pro­vide ex­cel­lent, com­pas­sion­ate care for our pa­tients. There is a suc­cess­ful on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween sev­eral groups, in­clud­ing our emergency room physi­cians and staff, our car­di­ol­ogy team and our lo­cal Siloam Springs EMS.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion has led to ex­pe­dited treat­ment and pos­si­bly trans­porta­tion for car­diac pa­tients to a higher level of care,” Wlek­lin­ski said. “Through pur­su­ing chest pain ac­cred­i­ta­tion, we are al­ways in the process of con­tin­ual im­prove­ment and on­go­ing eval­u­a­tion of our clin­i­cal prac­tices to bet­ter serve our com­mu­nity.”

The ACC of­fers U.S. and in­ter­na­tional hos­pi­tals like Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal ac­cess to a com­pre­hen­sive suite of car­diac ac­cred­i­ta­tion ser­vices de­signed to op­ti­mize pa­tient out­comes and im­prove hospi­tal fi­nan­cial per­for­mance. These ser­vices are fo­cused on all as­pects of car­diac care, in­clud­ing emergency treat­ment of heart at­tacks.

About Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal is a 73 li­censed bed fa­cil­ity with 42 pri­vate pa­tient rooms. It is ac­cred­ited by the State of Arkansas Depart­ment of Health Ser­vices and The Joint Com­mis­sion. Some ser­vices in­clude in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient surgery, emergency medicine, med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal and in­ten­sive care units, ob­stet­rics, out­pa­tient di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. With more than 50 physi­cians on the med­i­cal staff, Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal pro­vides com­pas­sion­ate, cus­tomer-fo­cused care. SSRH is an af­fil­i­ate of North­west Health, one of the largest health net­works in North­west Arkansas, and through that af­fil­i­a­tion is a mem­ber of the Mayo Clinic Care Net­work, a select group of in­de­pen­dent health sys­tems that work closely with Mayo Clinic to im­prove the de­liv­ery of health care and bet­ter serve their pa­tients and their com­mu­ni­ties. Siloam Springs Re­gional Hospi­tal is lo­cated at 603 N. Progress Ave. in Siloam Springs. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit North­west­Health. com.

About the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy

The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy en­vi­sions a world where in­no­va­tion and knowl­edge op­ti­mize car­dio­vas­cu­lar care and out­comes. As the pro­fes­sional home for the en­tire car­dio­vas­cu­lar care team, the mis­sion of the Col­lege and its more than 52,000 mem­bers is to trans­form car­dio­vas­cu­lar care and to im­prove heart health. The ACC be­stows cre­den­tials upon car­dio­vas­cu­lar pro­fes­sion­als who meet strin­gent qual­i­fi­ca­tions and leads in the for­ma­tion of health pol­icy, stan­dards and guide­lines. The Col­lege also pro­vides pro­fes­sional med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, dis­sem­i­nates car­dio­vas­cu­lar re­search through its world-renowned JACC Jour­nals, op­er­ates na­tional reg­istries to mea­sure and im­prove care, and of­fers car­dio­vas­cu­lar ac­cred­i­ta­tion to hos­pi­tals and in­sti­tu­tions. For more, visit For more in­for­ma­tion about ACC Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, visit ac­cred­i­ta­tion., or call toll-free 877-271-4176.

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