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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. SCPC’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. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UH Portage Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UH Portage Medical Center has proven to offer a higher level of expertise in caring for patients with heart attack symptoms, including those experiencing STEMI (STElevation Myocardial Infarction)—a seriousheart attack caused by a blockage in one of the heart’s major arteries. By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, UH Portage Medical Center demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

• Integrating the emergency department
with the local emergency medical system


• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating
patients quickly


• Effectively treating patients at 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

• Constructing 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

Written by Malavanh Rassavong

Back row, L to R: Marc Streem, RN; Melissa Andrews, RN; Gretchen Ginn, RN
Front row: Tracy Paleudis, RN; Missy Noel, RN; Suzzie Madlem, RT; Anjan Gupta, MD; Itsy Ray, RN; Mary Tsai, RT

“We have processes in place that allow us to treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved,” states M. Steven Jones, President, UH Community Hospitals- East. “This accreditation is the direct result of the hard work of our staff and providers and their commitment to continually improve the care continuum for the communities we serve.”


By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UH Portage Medical Center has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.


UH Portage’s advanced health care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including an Emergency Department (Level III Trauma Center), Catheterization Lab, Pacemaker Clinic, Heart Failure Clinic, UH Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, community outreach programs, and collaboration with providers and the Emergency Medical Service (EMS).


With chest pain, always call 9-1-1. You can ask to be taken to UH Portage Medical Center.

UH Portage Medical Center’s
Comprehensive Heart Services
and Specialties:


Cardiac Rehabilitation
Calcium Score Testing
Acute Myocardial Infarction Interventions
(Angioplasty/Stenting)
Aneurysm Repair
Cardiac Catheterization
Echocardiography
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Atrial Fibrillation and other Arrhythmias
Cardiovascular Imaging (Cardiac CT)
Cardiac Stress Testing
Electrophysiology
Heart Failure Treatment

Thomas Conner, Ambulatory Services Director; Anjan Gupta, MD, Interventional Cardiologist;
Nicholas Reynolds, Quality and Chest Pain Coordinator; Amy Ostrosky, Cardiology Nurse Manager