Chest Pain Center Recognized

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has once again recognized Anderson Hospital’s Chest Pain Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Anderson was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in 2015 and again in 2018 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.  The accreditation process takes place every three years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, 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. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC 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 onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

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Don't Miss The Dueling Pianos Event!

Laughter, music, and good drinks… what more could you need?! How about a duel purpose?  When you attend this FUN event, you help raise important funds for the Community Hospital of Staunton's 2018 Private Room project!  You get to have fun and make a patient's day when they get to recover in their own private room.  It's a win, win!

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Scholarships for Health Students

Each year, the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary and Medical Staff consider scholarship applications of students enrolled in a health occupational program.

They are now accepting applications which can be found here.

Urgent Need for Platelets and Blood

This winters weather and unrelenting flu season has caused critical shortages in blood and platelet supplies.  Fewer donors are able to give becuase they either can't get out or are fighting illness themselves. 

Please consider giving to our upcoming Blood Platelet Drive scheduled for Monday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anderson Hospital.

Without a platelet transfusion cancer patients face life-threatening bleeding because platelets help blood to clot. Platelets also help patients survive major surgeries or serious injuries. After major surgery or serious injury, patients may need platelets to replace those lost during bleeding. 

You can schedule an appointment by calling 800-747-5401 or email [email protected]

 

Auxiliary Presents 2018 Donation

Anderson Hospital's Auxiliary presented the Hospital with its annual donation during the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting held January 8.  The donation, which reflects funds raised in 2017, totaled $107,000.  This annual donation is made possible through the Auxiliary Gift Shop,  Life Line Program, Fundraising Events, Vending Machine Sales, and the newborn photos program.

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The Auxiliary has over 200 active members and is an integral part of Anderson Hospital.  Volunteers gave nearly 40,000 hours of service to Anderson Hospital in 2017.


Active Volunteers provide direct services to the Emergency, O.B. and Outpatient Surgery
Departments, as well as being “on call” from the Volunteer Office.  They manage information desks at public entrances including those at the Cancer Center and Wellness Center.  Volunteers  are the sole proprietors of our hospital’s Gift Shop managing staff, purchasing inventory, and all inventory management.

“The Auxiliary remains as dedicated and instrumental as ever in the continuing operation of Anderson Hospital,” said Keith A. Page, Anderson Hospital President.  “We thank them for their many hours of service and commitment to making a difference in Anderson Hospital.”