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Union County GA Magazine . Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com Union General Hospital Attains Chest Pain Center Accreditation for the Second Time There is discomfort in the chest area. Fatigue sets in. There is pain in one or both arms. There is thoughts of doom and shortness of breath. Chest pain or discomfort that doesn't go away or changes from its usual pattern can be a sign of a heart attack. There are numerous signs that something may be wrong with the heart. When those symptoms show up, the person experiencing the signs shows up at the emergency room. Then what? Those who go to Union General Hospital will receive excellent care with the very latest guidelines and recommendations and they have the accreditation to testify to that. Julia Barnett, Chief Nursing Officer and Chest Pain Center Coordinator, discussed the lengthy process to acquire the ‘Chest Pain Accreditation’. An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Barnett stated that all employees at Union General have some education and those dealing with patients have extensive education. That knowledge ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. “We are so proud of the staff and physicians at Union General Hospital for the dedication and commitment that has been shown in acquiring our Chest Pain Accreditation again,” said Barnett. “The most exciting part of this accomplishment is the tremendous difference this makes for our patients and our community in providing the best possible care to our cardiac patients.” “If you come to the hospital with your Hometown Blairsville, GA 706-745-3641 Cardiologist John Kelley, MD & Chief Nursing Officer, Julia Barnett at Union General Hospital photo/NormC heart not getting enough oxygen, we know how to take care of you in a timely and efficient manner,” said Barnett. There is a lot of community involvement. The goal is to get the public to seek care earlier so they can be helped more effectively. Typically Union General Hospital has about 23,000 patients a year in the emergency room with a significant amount of them experiencing some type of coronary problem. Those with chest pain receive a priority triage. They are evaluated quickly and examined to determine for sure the situation. There is a TIMI score, a risk score for treatment. Those with heart attacks are transferred quickly. The goal is to get a heart attack patient on their way within 30 minutes to Northeast Georgia and Piedmont. Union General has cardiology groups from both of those facilities. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 800,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The ACC’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 Appliance Services htservicenow@gmail.com Appliances Service Repairs on all Appliances, including refrigeration, at your HomeTown Sears Store. From Start to Finish, Our Mission is to ensure your complete satisfaction with reliable, first- class service and an exceptional customer experience. and effectiveness of treatment. ACC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. ACC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive ACC’s CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who have symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack. By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Union General Hospital demonstrates expertise in the following areas: Page 9 By Norm Cooper Editor, Union County GA Magazine  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 Union General Hospital is a nonprofit hospital that strives to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care, and promote wellness throughout our community. 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