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St. Anthony's Hospital Accredited as Chest Pain Center

Society of Chest Pain Center Accreditation Valid for Three Years

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 9, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Hospital has been awarded full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international, not-for-profit organization.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a facility must undergo evaluation by SCPC to determine its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing heart attacks. The accreditation process ensures that centers meet, or exceed, quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine that include the following: 

--Reducing the time from the onset of the symptoms to diagnosis and treatment

--Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved

--Monitoring patients to determine appropriate treatment 

“Achieving this accreditation is further validation of the high standard of cardiovascular care that St. Anthony’s Hospital provides to its patients,” said Mohan Reddy, MD, medical director, St. Anthony’s Chest Pain Center. “This confirms our on-going commitment to work as effectively as possible on the patient’s behalf, to be responsive to the patient’s needs, to provide the best medical care possible and to provide on-going support for the prevention and treatment of heart disease.” 

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the U.S., with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The Accredited Chest Pain Center standards are designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients.

Key areas in which the Accredited Chest Pain Center at St. Anthony’s Hospital has demonstrated its expertise include the following:


  • 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 the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • 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 possible heart attack


The three-year accreditation awarded to St. Anthony’s Hospital expires on March 21, 2015.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.   For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.  

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at 


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