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Astellas Partners With Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care To "Bring Science to the Bedside"

January 6, 2015 (DUBLIN, OH) – Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) announced a new two-year partnership to promote the improved triage and treatment of patients who present to the emergency department (ED)with chest pain.

"Our new observation medicine and observation services focus fits nicely into our overall goal of ‘bringing science to the bedside’," said SCPC Chief Executive Officer Wil Mick.  "Astellas shares that interest, and will be working in collaboration with the Society to promote observation medicine as well as related key scientific initiatives."

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What We Do

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.

Because we know that time translates to muscle during a heart emergency, the Society’s Accreditation processes bridge EMS, emergency medicine, cardiology and other cardiac health care professionals who are working side by side, and in concert with the general public, to reduce heart attack deaths.

SCPC drives protocol and evidence-based process improvement through Accreditation for facilities and through education for healthcare professionals focused on cardiovascular care.

About the Society
Chest Pain Center (CPC), Heart Failure (HF) and Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) Accreditations are our principal service lines, but our passion is Education and Collaboration.

Education is at the core of the Society's DNA. We were founded to help educate the world about the dangers of heart attacks and the benefits of early heart attack education, and have created programs to achieve this.

While our primary focus is to provide education designed for healthcare professionals, we also offer patient education and Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) materials for professionals to share in their communities.

About the Society

About the Society

The Society has accredited more than 1,000 hospitals.

The Value of Accreditation
The Top 3 Benefits cited by Chest Pain Center Accredited hospitals are:

  • Accreditation leads to operational efficiencies in the care of the ACS patient leading to improved patient throughput and volumes.
  • Accreditation increases community awareness of ACS symptoms and improves relationships with EMS.
  • Accreditation improves integration of teams and departments leading to better coordination of care for ACS patients along the continuum of care.

Accredited Hospitals Show VBP Excellence

Ranked No. 1 and No. 2 by CMS

Last year, CMS announced that 1,231 hospitals will receive higher payments from CMS (and 630 will get a bonus!) based on "the highest total performance score under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program."

In a ranking reported by Becker's Healthcare, and listed on Data.Medicare.gov the Society had three of its member hospitals rank in the top five, including No. 1 (Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock) and No. 2 (Pikeville Medical Center in KY).

SCPC drives intimate understanding of VBP patients; why they stay too long and why they keep coming back. It encourage member hospitals to drill down and understand 'how to' intervene ... and avoid both.


"Having three of the top five Hospitals With the Highest Value-Based Purchasing Scores further demonstrates that SCPC accreditation leads to superior economic returns for VBP conditions."

Wil Mick

Education and Community Outreach

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) was founded in 1980 by SCPC's Founder, Dr. Raymond Bahr, as a common sense movement which recognizes that early symptoms of a heart attack occur in 50 percent of all heart attack patients and that these "beginnings" allow time for preventive measures to take place.

Designed to change behavior and attitudes, EHAC is an education process which teaches that heart attacks can be prevented.





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