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CentraState Medical Center Recognized for Excellence with ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

By |2022-12-08T12:56:06-05:00April 28th, 2022|

CentraState provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

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

“This accreditation is a testament to our commitment to providing quick and efficient care to save the lives and improve outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndrome,” says Laurie Gambardella, MSN, RN, executive director for Specialty Services CentraState Healthcare System. “At CentraState, our top priority is to give patients the tools they need to make significant lifestyle adjustments to reduce their chance for another heart event in the future.”

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.

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.

“CentraState has demonstrated its commitment to providing its surrounding communities 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 CentraState with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center 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.

CentraState Medical Center offers robust wellness and heart disease prevention programs and advanced treatment for a wide range of heart conditions, from coronary heart disease to congestive heart failure, including a cardiac care program designed especially for women. The Thomas J. Blanchet Cardiac Diagnostic Center at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus and The Gloria Saker Women’s Heart Program offer comprehensive services using advanced technology to identify and evaluate heart conditions, and  monitor progress following treatment for a heart-related condition. Both of CentraState’s cardiac services provide in-depth cardiac evaluations, individualized treatment plans, and assistance in preventing cardiovascular disease, including health, wellness, and fitness programs.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like CentraState Medical Center 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.


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


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