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WellSpan York Hospital is the first hospital in Pennsylvania to receive specific accreditation through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for its coronary intervention abilities.

The hospital at 1001 S. George St. has been designated a "chest pain center" with primary percutaneous coronary intervention, which is a procedure to open up blocked arteries related to cholesterol buildup found in coronary heart disease.

“This exemplifies how we are truly working as one to deliver exceptional patient care,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan York Hospital, in a news release. “We are proud to be the only facility in Pennsylvania with this honor, which validates the expertise and dedication of our staff.”

York Hospital is one of 24 hospitals in the country with this accreditation. To receive it, the hospital had to meet many criteria, including assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly, ensuring the competence and training of personnel, and optimizing patient care.

“This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to achieving the highest standard of cardiovascular care for our patients and community,” Cindy L. DiVito, chest pain center program coordinator, WellSpan York Hospital, said in a news release. “We accomplish this by combining evidence-based science, quality initiatives, American College of Cardiologists and American Heart Association guidelines and clinical best practices to provide the most effective care delivery model for our patients.”

Hospitals that receive the SCPC chest pain center accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in helping patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack, according to the news release.

For more information about WellSpan York Hospital’s Heart Center, visit www.wellspan.org.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine.

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