Lake City Medical Center
February 27, 2015

Lake City, FL– Lake City Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

“We are proud that the LCMC team has been recognized with this accreditation for our outstanding care of cardiac patients,” said Mark A. Miller, CEO of Lake City Medical Center. “Lake City Medical Center strives to be a leader in providing clinical quality, patient safety and customer service for our community. Enhancing quality to a national standard is part of achieving our vision and allows people to get the care that they need close to home.”

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Lake City Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To Columbia County and the other surrounding areas, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

Protocol-based procedures, developed by leading cardiac care experts to reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages of a heart attack, are part of Lake City Medical Center’s overall cardiac care services. Early Heart Attack Care is an important part of the process and LCMC works with the community to help people recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack.Time is heart muscle with cardiac care, and calling 911 at the onset of symptoms is the most effective way to be effectively treated.

The hospital’s continuum of care for the heart patient involves dispatch, EMS, the hospital’s ER and Cath Lab, and LCMC’s community outreach program. Our Chest Pain team includes Dr. Steven Roark, Chest Pain Center Program medical director; Trish Millard, RN, Chest Pain coordinator; Katie Croft, RN, Cardiopulmonary Services director; Jody Witt, RN, Emergency Services director; Craig Skeath, EMS coordinator; and Mary Ann Beck, RN, Education coordinator.