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Monday, July 30, 2012 - CentraState Medical Center recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center

                                                                                          News Release

For Release:  July 30, 2012

Contact:         Karen Lippai, Public Relations/Marketing (732) 294-7080

CentraState Medical Center recognized as an Accredited Chest Pain Center

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP—CentraState Medical Center has recently earned international recognition as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)—an organization that assists facilities in improving cardiac care processes. Hospitals that receive the SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

CentraState earned accreditation after a rigorous review by the SCPC and demonstrating its implementation of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

Over the past several years, CentraState has evaluated its cardiac care processes within its emergency department and as a result has become equipped with internet-based technology to speed up treatment for heart attack patients. The Physio-Control LIFENET System allows the ED to receive essential clinical information about a patient’s condition while the patient is en route to the ED in a MONOC ambulance equipped with the system. The patient’s cardiogram (EKG) and vital signs are transmitted to the ED electronically so a team of healthcare professionals, including a cardiologist, can view, evaluate and start planning the patient’s care even before the patient arrives. CentraState was the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to implement this service.

In addition to earning Chest Pain Accreditation by the SCPC, CentraState Medical Center received Joint Commission recertification for two years as a Primary Stroke Center, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award recognizing CentraState’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. CentraState is also the recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care, and is among an elite group of hospitals who have earned this recognition. Furthermore, CentraState’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program—which is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)—helps patients get back on the road to recovery following a cardiac event.

For more information about CentraState's Emergency Department, Stroke Center or Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727) or visit centrastate.com.

About CentraState

CentraState Healthcare System is a non-profit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, a health and wellness campus, three senior living communities, a charitable foundation and a Family Medicine Residency Program, sponsored by UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform 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 Society, SCPC provides the support needed for 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 on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.


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