St. Petersburg, FL - The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) recently awarded St. Petersburg General Hospital with a three year Chest Pain re-accreditation.

St. Petersburg General Hospital has maintained this accreditation since 2008. Accreditation brings together diverse medical specialties, such as EMS, emergency medicine, and cardiology; clinicians and administrators; doctors and nurses; lawyers; architects and quality improvement professionals.

The SCPC developed the accreditation process to evaluate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. The intent is to ensure facilities meet or exceed quality-of-care measures based on improving the process for the care of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient. St. Petersburg General Hospital has a high level of expertise when dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

In meeting these requirements, the accreditation also shows the commitment St. Petersburg General Hospital has in educating the community about cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) and the importance of early medical treatment for heart attack and stroke symptoms.