Chest Pain Center Earns Reaccreditation


Anderson Hospital Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

Anderson Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

 The American College of Cardiology has recognized Anderson Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Anderson Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in August based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

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.

“Anderson Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Madison County with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Anderson Hospital with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

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. 

“We are incredibly proud to have achieved re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI. Anderson Hospital is committed to quality care and best outcomes for the cardiac patients we are privileged to serve. Accreditation demonstrates our efforts towards continuous quality improvement and multidisciplinary collaboration as we continuously strive to reach that goal,” said Misty Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Cardiovascular and Neurology Services and Chest Pain Center Coordinator.The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Anderson Hospital access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit

Anderson Rehabilitation Institute Celebrates Opening


Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Anderson Healthcare today announced the opening of Anderson Rehabilitation Institute, located on Anderson Healthcare’s Goshen Campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. The institute is the first freestanding rehabilitation institute in the Central and Southern regions of Illinois.

            Anderson Rehabilitation Institute is a joint venture between Kindred and Anderson Healthcare and expects to admit its first patient this week. The facility will provide care to patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and other complex conditions. Staff will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Other special services provided will include physiatry, internal medicine, medical/surgical consultations, rehabilitation nursing and nutritional services. The institute will have a dedicated pharmacy.

The 49,920-square-foot facility has 34 beds and features all private rooms; a secured acquired brain injury unit with private dining and therapy gym; large interdisciplinary gym for all therapy services; transitional living apartment designed to simulate a residential apartment, to prepare patients for their daily living tasks before they are discharged home; and a therapeutic courtyard with exterior amenities.

It also has specially designed rooms to treat dialysis patients; and specialty programs dedicated to neuro, stroke, brain injury, and amputation. For more information about Anderson Rehabilitation Institute, visit

Kindred manages the day-to-day operations of Anderson Rehabilitation Institute and Anderson Hospital provides any medical support services. The new institute replaces a 20-bed hospital-based acute rehabilitation unit at Anderson Hospital that Kindred has managed since 2004.

“We are pleased to open our doors to this state-of-the-art institute and expand our existing relationship with Anderson Healthcare as we address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the state,” said Russ Bailey, President, Kindred Rehabilitation. “We are excited to partner with Anderson Healthcare to offer the community increased access to quality care with a team of therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services and passionate advocacy for patients.”

Anderson Rehabilitation Institute expects to serve more than 800 patients each year. The average length of stay for patients is approximately two weeks. The facility design has been implemented at several Kindred rehabilitation hospitals throughout the country with significant success in enhancing patient outcomes and improving their quality of life.

“Throughout its history, Anderson Healthcare has responded to the needs of Madison County and Southern Illinois residents. Each new service and every expansion has been in direct response to community needs,” said Keith A. Page, President and CEO of Anderson Healthcare. “Our quality services are evident not only by our accreditations, certifications and designations but by our continued growth. Together with Kindred, we are proud to offer this level of care to patients requiring high-level rehabilitation.”


Kindred Healthcare, LLC is the nation’s leading specialty hospital company delivering acute health services in its long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute rehabilitation units, and behavioral health line of business, all specializing in treating the most medically complex patients. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, and ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. For more information, go to You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


Anderson Healthcare is a regional healthcare network in southwestern Illinois, composed of entities including Anderson Hospital, Community Hospital of Staunton, Anderson Mercy Cancer Care, Anderson Surgery Center, Maryville Imaging, and Anderson Medical Group. Anderson Healthcare’s Goshen Campus is the latest effort to bring exceptional healthcare services to the residents of southwestern Illinois.  Our quality services are evident by our accreditations, certifications and designations which endorse our expertise.  The mission of our 1400+ employees is to exceed expectations in providing personal, convenient, quality healthcare.

Auxiliary Presents Scholarships

Every year, the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary presents students pursuing various medical fields, scholarships for their medical education.  This year, the Auxiliary presented five $1,000 scholarships to the following recipients:

Kennison Adams, Edwardsville, pursuing studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine with a career goal to be a Pediatric Hospitalist/Sports Medicine Physician.

Michaela Crabtree, Belleville, pursuing studies at Goldfarb School of Nursing with a career goal of BSN to eventual MSN.

Courtney Deiters, Breese, pursuing studies at St. Louis College of Pharmacy with a career goal of Pharmacist.

Sahra Donnelly, Collinsville, pursuing studies at Southern Illinois University School of Nursing with a career goal of DNP or Midwife.

Emily Duncan, Highland, Pursuing studies at St. Louis University School of Medicine with a career goal of Physician.

Eligible students must be enrolled in hospital-related healthcare fields.  Congratulations to our 2021 recipients and best wishes for continued success to the excellent candidates who submitted applications.

Funds raised by the Anderson Hospital Auxiliary support this scholarship program, shuttle and Chaplain services, along with special hospital projects.  Thank you to the community, hospital staff and auxiliary members who support our fund-raising efforts.

PICTURE:  Students were presented their awards in person during the July Auxiliary General Meeting.  Three awardees were able to attend the event including (L to R): Sahra Donnelly, Emily Duncan, Michaela Crabtree