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Members of the FMH Chest Pain Center include (pictured L-R) Physician’s Assistant Laura Mathis, Telemetry Specialist Gail Martin, Chair of Emergency Medicine Dr. Vipul Kella, Department Manager Debra Disbrow, Program Coordinator Tom Shupp and Medical Director Dr. Michael Levangie.

From the moment you feel chest pain, our heart experts take control, making swift and collaborative decisions about your care from the ambulance to your hospital bedside.
This type of coordinated care is what it takes to be an accredited Chest Pain Center, a distinction first awarded Frederick Memorial Hospital’s program from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in 2012. Frederick Memorial was recently reaccredited as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the SCPC, the organization’s highest level of accreditation.

SCPC’s accreditation process requires a comprehensive onsite program review every three years, ensuring that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria. With its most recent accreditation, the FMH program has demonstrated an expert ability to:

  • Integrate the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assess, diagnose and treat patients quickly
  • Effectively treat patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome
  • Improve processes and procedures through continuous evaluation
  • Ensure the competence and training of personnel
  • Promote optimal patient care through a functional design
  • Support community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

“Treating patients who present with chest pain requires a true team effort,” says Chest Pain Center Coordinator Tom Shupp. “We go above and beyond what’s required to provide the most advanced care to our patients, and this accreditation is validation that our commitment to providing outstanding cardiac care is making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

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