Logan Memorial Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020 — The American College of Cardiology has recognized Logan Memorial Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Logan Memorial Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation in August based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. Being led by Terry Crafton, MD, Chest Pain Medical Director and Megan Fulcher, RN, Chest Pain Coordinator, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.

“Logan Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Logan County and the surrounding communities with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Logan Memorial Hospital with Chest Pain Center Reaccreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said David Brash, Logan Memorial Hospital CEO. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. With our re-accreditation, we hope to bring greater awareness to the importance of timely care and help even more people in Logan County and the surrounding areas.” 

About Logan Memorial Hospital  

Logan Memorial Hospital, a part of LifePoint Health, is located in Russellville, Kentucky and has a service area of 45,000.  The facility is comprised of 75 inpatient beds, including 6 ICU/CCU and 10 Swing beds.  Services include a Surgery Center with three ORs, plus two separate endoscopy suites, a 24-hour physician staffed Chest Pain Accredited Emergency Department, and state-of-the-art Imaging technology including PACS, digital mammography, spiral 16-slice CT, 3D ultrasound, MRI, echo and nuclear medicine.  Logan Memorial Hospital also offers Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, Laboratory Services, a two-bed Sleep Disorder Center, Infusion Center, and Outpatient Rehabilitation.  For more information about Logan Memorial Hospital, visit LoganMemorial.com or call 270-726-4011