Chest Pain Center

The Chest Pain Center at Citizens Medical Center is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the U.S. – when seconds count, experience matters.

The Chest Pain Center at Citizens

The Chest Pain Center at Citizens Medical Center opened in February, 2005 and provides patients with potential life threatening cardiac disease the opportunity for quick evaluation and treatment by the emergency room staff. There are four chest pain beds physically located in the emergency room. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has granted the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI to Citizens Medical Center – Victoria, Texas for receiving full accreditation from the Accreditation Review Committee as of July 15, 2009. Citizens Medical Center is the 13th accredited Chest Pain Center in Texas and the 106th in the nation.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care 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 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, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers comes the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality of care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

Chest Pain
The Chest Pain Center at Citizens Medical Center has 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 of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • 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
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack


The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

SCPCThe Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPCP) is an international professional society focused on improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. SCPCP is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care visit www.scpcp.org or contact Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 274-9710 or director@scpcp.org.


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