Mercy Earns Added Accreditation for Heart Attack Care

October 30, 2012


Mercy Hospital Washington earns added accreditation

for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) 

WASHINGTON, MO – Mercy Hospital Washington meets or exceeds the standards of care to treat heart attacks and save lives. The hospital received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in treating patients with heart attack symptoms.

“This is added confidence that if Mercy Washington is your closet hospital, we have the resources, staff and programs in place to save your life or the life of someone you love,” said Mercy Clinic interventional cardiologist Joseph Moore, MD, chief of cardiology and director of the cardiac cath lab.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Mercy Hospital Washington engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients with heart attack symptoms. The hospital met strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Treating patients as quickly as possible to preserve heart muscle.
  • Monitoring patients with chest pain that’s unclear to be a heart attack so they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Mercy met these criteria by proving a consistency of care from diagnostic and treatment programs to rapid response partnerships with area emergency medical services. In addition, the hospital provides a chest pain observation unit and promotes healthier lifestyles to help reduce risk factors for heart disease.

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, as well as Mercy’s, is to reduce mortality rates by teaching the public how to recognize and react to early heart attack symptoms, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the effectiveness of treatment.  

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information about SCPC, visit

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