Published on December 03, 2014

Hospital Achieves the Highest Accreditation for Chest Pain Treatment

Cycle 4North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) received Cycle IV accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the highest level of accreditation possible for chest pain treatment.

 "I am proud to announce that North Kansas City Hospital is the only hospital in the Northland to receive Cycle IV accreditation," said Peggy Schmitt, NKCH’s president and CEO. "Our Accredited Chest Pain Center staff demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists."

The Accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce treatment time during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective. It also allows physicians to better monitor patients when it is not clear if they are having a coronary event, ensuring that patients are not sent home too early or admitted unnecessarily.

"North Kansas City Hospital is the leader in cardiovascular services in northwestern Missouri," noted Michael Graves, director of Cardiovascular Services at NKCH. "Receiving the Cycle IV Chest Pain Center accreditation supports our commitment to quality in cardiovascular services as well as our Mission, Vision and Values."

Accreditation demonstrates a continuum of improvement, with each cycle building on the previous one. Cycle IV accreditation included an in-depth review of the protocols NKCH has for communicating effectively with emergency medical service personnel in the field.

"Cycle IV accreditation recognizes the importance of our close communication with emergency personnel while patients are in route to the hospital and our ability to immediately assess, diagnose and treat patients when they arrive," said Tony Occhipinti, NKCH’s Cardiac Cath Lab manager. "High-quality care and a fast response time increase a patient’s chances of surviving a cardiac event."


About North Kansas City Hospital

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. Named a 2014-2015 US News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care. NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program. The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 50 charitable and community organizations and served more than 17,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. 

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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 efforts 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 877.271.4176.