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Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East Receive Chest Pain Center Re-accreditation From the American College of Cardiology

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2022) – Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East are among a select group of facilities nationwide to receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), recognizing the hospital for its quality treatment of patients with chest pain. This designation affirms that the hospitals’ cardiovascular teams have achieved a higher level of expertise when caring for patients with heart attack-like symptoms. The re-accreditation is effective through July 7, 2025.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a quality improvement program designed for hospital cardiovascular teams focused on the efficient and effective care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Accreditation ensures the improved clinical processes of early assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within facilities.

“Saint Joseph has a long history of being recognized as Lexington’s ‘heart hospital,’ and this re-accreditation once again validates the pioneering care that we have provided since the 1950s,” said Anthony Houston, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health. “Each day, our teams are committed to honoring that pioneering spirit by remaining at the forefront of heart care. We are proud to be recognized as a team transforming the landscape of cardiovascular care and improving heart health for our patients.”

The ACC’s Chest Pain Center accreditation aims to ensure effective and efficient evaluation, rapid treatment of patients with chest pain, and better education for professionals. Overall, health care facilities that receive the Chest Pain Center Accreditation provide patients with lower lengths of stay, decreased readmission rates and higher reimbursements. This accreditation recognizes Saint Joseph’s continued success at providing highly valued and sustainable care for patients.

Hospitals that take part in the accreditation process must engage in a multi-faceted analysis that involves a rigorous review and a detailed examination of care. The ACC aims to help facilities drive established, consistent and high quality care processes across the continuum of offered services.

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About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital 

Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

About Saint Joseph East

Saint Joseph East is a 217-bed full-service community hospital located in the southeastern section of Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1983, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky. At Saint Joseph East, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care and women’s health services are supported through a vast array of inpatient and outpatient programs..


Publish date: 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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