LONDON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2023) – Saint Joseph London has been recognized nationally by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for its demonstrated expertise and commitment to treating patients with chest pain. Saint Joseph London was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous on-site evaluation of the hospital’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The accreditation is effective through August 29, 2026.
“Knowing the signs of a heart attack and responding quickly and efficiently is crucial to producing positive patient outcomes,” said John Yanes, president, Saint Joseph London. “Our medical experts are highly trained in heart attack diagnosis and treatment, helping to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care to prevent or limit damage to their heart. We are proud to be recognized for our expertise with Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.”
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.
“Saint Joseph London has demonstrated its commitment to providing southeastern Kentucky with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair, ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Saint Joseph London with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”
Facilities that earn accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of medical staff to support better patient education and improved patient outcomes. To receive ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation, hospitals must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves completing a gap analysis, examining variances of care, developing an action plan, a rigorous on-site review and monitoring for sustained success.
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services focus on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.
To learn more about Saint Joseph London’s cardiovascular services, visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/saint-joseph-london/services/heart-vascular-care.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. 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 London
Saint Joseph London is a 150-bed full-service hospital located in London, Kentucky. Established in 1926, the facility serves patients from southeastern Kentucky, including those from Clay, Laurel, Jackson, Whitley, Knox and Pulaski counties. The current $152 million regional hospital opened in 2010, and offers all private patient rooms, with most overlooking a small lake and garden on the 52-acre healing environment.
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the global leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health for all. As the preeminent source of professional medical education for the entire cardiovascular care team since 1949, ACC credentials cardiovascular professionals in over 140 countries who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. Through its world-renowned family of JACC Journals, NCDR registries, ACC Accreditation Services, global network of Member Sections, CardioSmart patient resources and more, the College is committed to ensuring a world where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes. Learn more at acc.org or follow @ACCinTouch.