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Danbury Hospital Earns National Accreditation as Chest Pain Center

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Never content to rest on its laurels as Connecticut’s leading cardiac center, the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center has met yet another quality milestone with its national accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, announced Frank Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Danbury Hospital.

“We are pleased to receive accreditation as a Chest Pain Center given our continuous efforts to reach new levels of excellence and to improve the organization,” noted Kelly. “This latest development underscores Danbury Hospital’s commitment to offer patients the highest level of cardiac care. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiac experts provides a superior level of care with clinical outcomes that exceed national standards.”

A national model of excellence

The full accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is the latest in a string of national recognitions garnered by the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital. According to HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ranking organization, the cardiac team at Danbury Hospital:

  • Ranks number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery
  • Ranks among the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care.

In addition, Danbury Hospital stands above the rest as:

The only hospital in western Connecticut and eastern New York to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center
One of only two hospitals in Connecticut to be recognized as a Chest Pain Center.

“Our accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, along with the HealthGrades ratings, offer patients a level of confidence that they are receiving high-quality cardiac care from a skilled team of cardiologist and surgeons,” said Andrew Keller, MD, Medical Executive of Cardiovascular Services, Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Danbury Hospital. “Danbury Hospital serves as a national model for clinical excellence and patient safety by constantly working to provide a higher level of advanced cardiac care that allows patients and their families to stay close to home.”

Quick action saves lives

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center offers a comprehensive range of cardiovascular services, including life-saving emergency angioplasty to treat heart attacks.

Multiple areas of expertise 

Danbury Hospital demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society for Chest Pain Centers. Areas of expertise included:

  • Integrating the Emergency Department with the local emergency medical system (EMS). The EMS delivery system includes telecommunications transmission of current cardiac monitoring and defibrillator information from the field ambulance to the hospital.
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating heart attack patients quickly. Danbury Hospital has been recognized by the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Partnership for reducing the critical 90-minute period for treating heart attack patients, during which optimal care can preserve heart muscle.
  • Effectively treating patients who are low risk for acute coronary disease and have no assignable cause for symptoms.
  • Continually seeking to improve procedures, train personnel, and promote optimum patient care.
  • Supporting outreach programs to educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they experience symptoms of a possible heart attack.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit, organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with acute coronary disease and heart failure.

About Danbury Hospital 

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

Danbury Hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades&reg, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row.