July 22, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Maury Regional Hospital has attained three-year accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, according to Vice President of Nursing Services Deborah Lumpkins. The hospital received full Cycle II accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee.

“When it comes to the heart, time is muscle. Having an accredited chest pain center close to home can make a tremendous difference in the outcome for a patient, whether it is determined that the patient needs an interventional procedure in our cardiac catheterization lab or open-heart surgery. This accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers means that our patients can receive outstanding heart care without going to Nashville,” said Lumpkins.

The Society’s accreditation process ensures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. The chest pain center at Maury Regional Hospital 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 Chest Pain Centers.  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
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring chest pain center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

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.

“This certification recognizes the efforts of many people to provide rapid state of the art heart care right here close to home.  When minutes count, this kind of top to bottom commitment pays dividends in lives saved,” said Kevin Maquiling, M.D., a cardiologist on the medical staff who serves as the medical director for the chest pain center.

A person who believes he/she may be experiencing a heart attack, should call 911. Front line ambulances are equipped with 12-lead monitors to begin recording a patient’s heart activity en route to the hospital. This information is then relayed to the staff in the Emergency Department who utilize it—along with other tests upon arrival—to assess heart function and quickly get at-risk patients to the cardiac catheterization laboratory to conduct imaging that identifies blockages or other issues. At Maury Regional, the time it takes for a patient to go from the emergency room to the catheterization lab—commonly referred to in health care as door-to-balloon time—is consistently faster than the recommended 90 minutes. If one or more blockages are found through cardiac catheterization, a physician at the hospital will either open the blockage(s) with a stent or determine that the patient is a candidate for heart surgery. Maury Regional Hospital currently partners with Vanderbilt to provide on-site cardiothoracic surgery.

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 Chest Pain Centers 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. Warning signs of a heart attack may include chest pain or discomfort, pain or discomfort in the upper body (arms, jaw, and neck), shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, nausea and cold sweat.


About Maury Regional Hospital

Maury Regional Hospital is recognized as a 2007 Thomson Top 100® Hospital. The 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953 is located in Columbia, Tennessee. The hospital has a medical staff of 170 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 260,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee with affiliate facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit


About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other 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.  To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care.  SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or


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