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Clinical Services at Rush Chest Pain Center Accreditation
Rush is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers  
Rush is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers 

If you are having chest pain or think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.   

What it Means to be a Chest Pain Center

Rush University Medical Center was designated as a chest pain center in February 2009, and it is the first and only academic medical center in Chicago to receive this honor. This accreditation was given by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a national non-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease can be eliminated as the number one cause of death worldwide. 

To receive the designation of a chest pain center, a hospital must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and demonstrate commitment to reducing the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment in a coordinated process that can save lives. A sample of some of the requirements is below:

  • Reduce the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician, thus reducing the time to treatment during the critical early stages when treatments are most effective.
  • Create an effective system to get patients into the catheterization lab so a blocked coronary artery can be opened in the shortest amount of time.
  • Provide a specialized observation setting where physicians are better able to monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation ensures that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to the inpatient unit.
  • Provide the "door to balloon time" in under 90 minutes, per the American Heart Association recommendation. This measures the rapid response that it takes from the patient's arrival in the emergency department to receiving angioplasty, an artery opening procedure. Each 30-minute delay in restoring blood flow increases the one-year mortality by 7.5 percent.

The accreditation process required close coordination between Rush's Emergency Department, Cardiology, Pharmacy, Internal Medicine and other departments throughout the medical center. To coordinate and implement the Chest Pain Center, Rush created a multidisciplinary leadership committee consisting of physicians, nursing leaders, pharmacy, security, environmental services and others.

We are proud of this designation, as it demonstrates our commitment to quality and patient care.  For more information about Rush's heart and vascular services, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

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