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King’s Daughters Medical Center Receives Heart Failure Accreditation SCPC HF Logo 

ASHLAND, Ky. – King’s Daughters Medical Center is the first – and only hospital – in Kentucky and the Tri-State area to have earned full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

The announcement of the three-year accreditation was made June 28.

 “This accreditation means a lot to our patients and the community,” said Stacy Patrick, vice president of King’s Daughters Heart and Vascular Center. “It signifies our commitment to delivering the most advanced, evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care to help heart failure patients manage their symptoms and lead the best possible life.”

Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with approximately 5 million patients living with the diagnosis. Heart failure patients are responsible for 12-15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC’s goal in establishing the Heart Failure Accreditation programis to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.

King’s Daughters has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an on-site review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. King’s Daughters protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency department integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency assessment of patients with symptoms of acute decompensated heart failure
  • Risk stratification of the heart failure patient
  • Treatment for patients presenting to the emergency department in heart failure
  • Heart failure discharge criteria from the emergency department, observation unit or inpatient nursing unit
  • Heart failure patient education
  • Personnel, competencies and training
  • Process improvement
  • Organizational structure and commitment
  • Heart failure community outreach

KDMC is a locally controlled, not-for-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, offering comprehensive cardiac, vascular, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, cancer, neurological, pain care, wound care and home care services. For additional information, visit us online at or call 1.888.377.KDMC (5362).

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers  

Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.


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