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Published on February 18, 2015

Mercy Medical Center receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

SPC logoMercy Medical Center has once again received full accreditation as a chest pain center with PCI, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization committed to improving timely, quality care for cardiac patients. The PCI designation stands for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or opening up the heart artery. Not only has Mercy met the standards of a chest pain center but has also succeeded in meeting additional quality measures and volume of patients who needed to have a stent inserted immediately because of a heart attack.

Mercy was the first hospital in Cedar Rapids to earn Chest Pain Center Accreditation 2008 and is one of just 10 hospitals in the state to attain this most recent distinction. To earn the re-accreditation, Mercy had to meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and complete an on-site evaluation with SCPC. 

“Earning the Chest Pain Center re-accreditation once again puts Mercy among the top hospitals in the country in treating chest pain and reaffirms our commitment to quality, standardized and evidence-based care,” said Dr. Matthew Aucutt, Medical Director of Mercy’s Emergency Department.  “While it is an exciting accomplishment to earn this re-accreditation, the real beneficiaries are our patients. Simply put, we are able to save more lives.”

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. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective.


The Accredited Chest Pain Center at Mercy Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care in key areas, such as: 

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

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