A state-of-the-art, eight bed cardiac unit has opened at Cape Coral Hospital as it prepares for accreditation as a chest pain center with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Cape Coral Hospital is committed to treating cardiac patients with the highest level quality treatments available by adopting protocols that expedite care, improve outcomes, and enhance patient satisfaction.
“Cape Coral Hospital is enhancing the quality of its cardiac care program and demonstrating its commitment to a higher standard by opening the cardiac unit and pursuing accreditation,” explains Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer for Cape Coral Hospital. “We are using standards of practice that expedite the amount of time it takes for patients to receive care. We always strive for optimal outcomes and, when it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle. Faster treatment time results in quicker recovery.”
Approximately 600,000 people die annually of heart disease and more than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. Forty-six year old Cape Coral resident, Lisa Marie Leto was one of the first patients to be treated in the new unit. “I’ve had chest pain before that was related to my esophagus, but this felt different and it wasn’t going away. It just didn’t feel right.”
A protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack – when treatments are most effective – and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event.
“I was amazed there was no wait,” says Leto. “They were so efficient and gave me a complete workup immediately.”
These same protocols are in practice at HealthPark Medical Center which is currently accredited as a Chest Pain Center by SPCP. In doing so, the hospital has been able to cut diagnostic time in half while still providing the same standard of care.
With heart disease being the no. 1 killer of Americans, it’s comforting to know that Cape Coral Hospital is nearby. The standardized protocols, which provide a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack, include:
• Emphasis on standardized diagnostic and treatment programs
• Providing more efficient and effective evaluation
• Rapid treatment of chest pain and other heart attack symptoms
• Evaluating and treat other medical problems
• Promoting a healthier lifestyle
• Reducing risk factors for heart attack
“I felt like I didn’t have to worry; that I was being well taken care of,” says Leto. “They were great at keeping me calm and were so patient. My nurse, Luanne, was very attentive. She even went out of her way to make sure I connected with my son who had been calling the hospital worried and looking for me.”
The Chest Pain Center at Cape Coral Hospital utilizes a team-based approach, combining the skills of cardiologists, ARNP’s, hospitalists, nurses, and nursing assistants to provide the safest, high quality, compassionate care.