Beaufort Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification, a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

The hospital has also received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018, one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“Our cardiac and emergency teams are highly trained and ready to provide lifesaving care when treating patients who experience chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack,” said Russell Baxley, Beaufort Memorial president and CEO. “The Joint Commission Certification and the American College of Cardiology Award, along with the recent Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Certification, reinforces our commitment to the highest standards of care for our community.”

In order to qualify for the Chest Pain Certification, Beaufort Memorial underwent a rigorous on-site review in March when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as, with chest pain specific requirements.

Awarded for a two-year period, the Joint Commission’s certification evaluates clinical programs and addresses three core areas: Compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

The American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

“As a Platinum Performance Award recipient, the hospital has shown it is a leader in implementing standards of care and protocols for its patients,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair, ACTION Registry.

Beaufort Memorial recently received state DHEC approval to perform elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), a non-surgical procedure used to open blocked arteries in the heart.

DHEC had authorized BMH to perform emergency PCIs on patients suffering the most dangerous type of heart attacks in 2013. Last month the hospital began providing the non-emergent PCIs as well.