On June 16, 2005, Good Samaritan Hospital was given official Chest Pain Center designation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and recognized for offering state-of-the-art heart care to its patients. We were proud to be the first medical facility in the state of Nebraska to receive this accreditation. Since then only a handful of other medical facilities, all in the Lincoln-Omaha area, have joined us in this achievement.
Being an accredited center means that we follow stricter protocol-driven and systematic guidelines that allow a reduction in time to treatment during the early stages of heart attack, when treatments are most effective. It also enables us to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event; making sure our patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Good Samaritan has demonstrated expertise in:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system;
- Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly;
- Treating low-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for the symptoms;
- Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care;
- Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training;
- Maintaining organizational structure and commitment;
- Seeking to improve processes and procedures; and
- Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a heart attack.
If you happen to become one of the more than five million Americans that visit hospitals annually with chest pain, you can be assured that Good Samaritan Hospital will provide you with fast, innovative care.