Published on November 18, 2011

Society of Chest Pain Centers Awards the Genesis HealthCare System with the First Full Atrial Fibrillation Certification in the Nation

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Nov. 18, 2011) – The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) recognizes atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia that can lead to stroke and possible death, as a major health concern afib logocrippling patients and the healthcare system. Genesis HealthCare System is the first organization in the nation that SCPC identified as a solution to the problem – granting them a full atrial fibrillation certification.

More than 2.5 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages. They tend to use more healthcare services and have much higher healthcare costs than those without the disease.  SCPC’s goal is to help facilities evaluate and manage the atrial fibrillation patient more effectively, improve patient outcomes, and educate patients and healthcare providers to more efficiently care for this disease.

“We’re proud that our expertise and commitment to quality patient care meets, and at times exceeds, the atrial fibrillation criteria set by the SCPC,” says Cheryl Jorge, Director, Genesis Heart & Vascular Services. “Our protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce patient treatment time, as well as decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and hospital.”

Genesis has undergone a comprehensive review by the SCPC. Key areas in which a facility with atrial fibrillation certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
  • Risk Stratification of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services, or Inpatient Stay
  • Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services, and Inpatient Unit
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment
  • Atrial Fibrillation Community Outreach

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (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.

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.


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