(October 11, 2019) — The American College of Cardiology has recognized UPHS-M for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. UPHS-M was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in October based on 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.
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.
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.
“UPHS-Marquette has demonstrated its commitment to providing the people of the UP with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award UP Health System Marquettewith Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”
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.
“This accomplishment not only supports our mission at UPHS-M of making communities healthier but also exemplifies the hard work and dedication all the employees put forth to provide the people of the UP with top-quality heart care,” said Joseph Ackerman, UPHS-M’s STEMI/Chest Pain Coordinator. He added, “It is a comfort to know that there is a nationally-recognized Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI close to home and that we do not have to leave the UP to find this level of heart care.”
The ACC offers U.S. and
international hospitals like UP Health System Marquette access to a
comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize
patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are
focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart
About UP Health System Marquette
Health System – Marquette provides comprehensive cardiovascular services
including general cardiology, diagnostic testing, diagnostic and interventional
cardiology, clinical research, electrophysiology, rehabilitation, vascular
care, and open-heart surgery. As a Duke Health Affiliate for Heart &
Vascular care, UPHS-Marquette collaborates with the Duke Heart Network to
optimize patient outcomes, promote evidence-based medicine, improve community
health, and facilitate access to clinical research.
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology
envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.
As 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 bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet
stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards
and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education,
disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national
registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation
to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit
For more information about ACC
Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-