Published on March 29th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Recognized by the American College of Cardiology for expertise and
commitment in treating patients with chest pain

Columbia, SC–Providence Health has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology based on a 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.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

“Providence Health has a long legacy of excellence in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic care here in South Carolina,” says Dr. Bill Phillips, President of the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. “This accreditation is confirmation that, as technology and processes have grown and improved, we continue our commitment to providing the forefront of heart care here in the Midlands.”

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, 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. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation on Providence Health,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Providence Health for its demonstrated commitment to providing the Midlands with excellent cardiac care.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI 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.

About Providence Health: Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, and purchased by LifePoint Health, Providence Health is known statewide for outstanding clinical quality and compassionate care. Providence Health operates two hospitals, twenty physician practices, a school of cardiac diagnostics and an accredited chest pain center, as well as a network of rehabilitation centers, sleep centers, imaging services and diagnostics labs. In total, Providence employs more than 1,600 staff members dedicated to the mission of Making Communities Healthy by Extending Christ’s Healing Ministry. The U.S. News & World Report identified it as one of South Carolina’s Best Hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded Providence Health a 4-star rating for high quality patient experience. The open heart surgery program has consistently ranked in the top 15 percent of programs in the US. Both orthopedics and cardiac services have received the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center designation. For more information, visit

About the American College of Cardiology: The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.   For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.



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