Date: 6/7/2011

Chest Pain Center is awarded Accreditation for Care

The Society of Chest Pain Centers has granted full accreditation to the Chest Pain Center at Community Hospital in Munster.

Community Hospital is one step closer to improving the outcomes for patients suffering a heart attack or chest pain. Community Hospital’s Chest Pain Center has received full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Community Hospital earned the distinction based on a rigorous evaluation of its cardiac care services and, for practices, guidelines and treatment during the critical first stages of heart attack.

“Community Hospital follows evidence-based guidelines and nationally established standards of practice that have proven to provide the best outcomes for patients,” said Don Fesko, Community Hospital CEO. “To become accredited by the SCPC demonstrates that we are committed to providing the best care possible to the residents of our community.”

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Community Hospital works seamlessly with area emergency medical services and internal hospital departments to assure that patients complaining of chest pain or discomfort are provided with immediate treatment that can help to limit potential heart damage.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. But, more often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before calling for help.

“Medical professionals at Community Hospital understand that time is of the essence when treating our patients who come in with chest pain or discomfort,” said Arvind Gandhi, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of Community Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center. “Our Chest Pain Center patients receive state-of-the-art care during that critical window of time that can make a difference in their recovery.”

The Chest Pain Center allows individuals with chest pain to receive immediate medical attention with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment, medications and testing procedures to stabilize and assess the patient’s condition.

Chest pain is not something anyone should take lightly. Healthcare professionals at Community Hospital offer education classes and events to raise awareness so that members of the community are familiar with the signs of a heart attack, which may include:
• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
• Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms may also occur.
• Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

Should any of these symptoms occur, don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.

For more information about the accredited Chest Pain Center of Excellence at Community Hospital, visit our web site at