South Lake Hospital receives chest pain center accreditation

This accreditation ensures that South Lake Hospital’s dedicated healthcare team is ready to rapidly assess and treat cardiac patients.


Kim Couch
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CLERMONT, Fla. — South Lake Hospital received full chest pain center accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in December 2014. South Lake Hospital is the first hospital in Lake County to receive this designation.

“Our team is extremely proud to achieve this designation,” commented South Lake Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Linda Walton. “Coordination of care in a quick and efficient manner is essential with possible heart attack patients. This accreditation ensures that South Lake Hospital’s dedicated healthcare team is ready to rapidly assess and treat cardiac patients using evidenced-based best practices and procedures to provide the best quality outcome.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal 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.

The Accredited 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 or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. 

“Earning this accreditation through the SCPC aligns with South Lake Hospital’s commitment to a high standard of patient care for our community,” said John Moore, South Lake Hospital president. “This collaborative effort between our team members, physicians and first responders will help save lives and improve the overall health of residents in South Lake County.” 

The Accredited Chest Pain Center at South Lake Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate 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 a possible heart attack

About South Lake Hospital:
The South Lake Hospital Campus includes the 122-bed non-profit hospital, in partnership with Orlando Health, Centre for Women’s Health, LiveWell Fitness Center, National Training Center, South Lake Endoscopy Center, South Lake Surgery Center and campus partners Special Olympics Florida, Brandy Johnson Global Gymnastics and several medical office buildings. South Lake Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of the South Lake community since 1947 and employs 1,100 employees and has more than 250 physicians on its medical staff. The campus focuses on preventative healthcare through education, sports and fitness programming. For more information please visit

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care:
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (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.