- By Kevin Punsky
Mayo Clinic earns top honor for chest pain care
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Chest Pain Certification, which designates high-quality, safe and effective care. This new certification is a hallmark of excellence and signifies a well-run disease management program.
This certification is one of the few that has been awarded in the state of Florida. It is also the second designator of quality that Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has earned for its treatment of chest pain. Since 2010, Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida has been accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for its care of chest pain patients.
“This certification is recognition of the emphasis we place on quality care for our patients,” says cardiologist Steven Ung, M.D., medical director of the chest pain program at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “On presentation to our Emergency Department, the chest pain patient enters into an episode of care within the Mayo Clinic model of integrated group practice,” Dr. Ung says.
In the Emergency Department, a clinical pathway directs the patient to the appropriate team of specialists. This may include interventional cardiologists, general cardiologists, hospitalists or other medical specialists. All are focused on diagnosing and treating the cause of the patient’s chest pain.
“Chest pain can mean many things: the first-time symptoms of heart disease (an acute coronary syndrome), a heart attack requiring an emergency intervention to open the occluded heart artery, a viral illness, indigestion or other problems,” Dr. Ung says. “The certifications we have received recognize our ongoing commitment to high quality care and excellent outcomes for patients with chest pain and all heart conditions.”
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Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 904-953-0746, firstname.lastname@example.org