Lutheran Hospital obtains highest level accreditation for cardiac care

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Lutheran Hospital has earned a new accreditation that, according to hospital leaders, reinforces its position as a state leader in cardiac care.

Lutheran officially received full cycle V accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention and resuscitation accreditation from the accreditation review committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). It is the most advanced chest pain center accreditation and it is the first facility in Indiana to achieve the designation.

Lutheran has participated in and achieved all five cycles of Chest Pain Center accreditation. The hospital received initial cycle I accreditation in 2001. At that time, it became the first accredited chest pain center in northeastern Indiana and only the 27th in the nation.

As of March 7, Lutheran was the 18th out of 19 total facilities in the nation to receive the more advanced, voluntary accreditation.

“By design, each reaccreditation gets a little more difficult to achieve, and each cycle incorporates six essential components,” said Latesa Conley, chest pain center coordinator, Lutheran Hospital. “We’re ecstatic that Lutheran wields the highest achievement level available for a chest pain center. We’re among only a handful of facilities in the country to reach this level.”

According to leaders at Lutheran, the SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. This three-year reaccreditation expires Jan. 14, 2019.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.

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