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82. Health Beat: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Achieves Accredited Chest Pain Center Status

 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), 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.
Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Good Shepherd Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Good Shepherd Hospital, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at……

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59. Good Shepherd Hospital Honors Nurses for Earning Magnet® Recognition for Excellence

 The 490 registered nurses who work at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital are wearing a meaningful and hard-earned new symbol of excellence this week.
After achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence in December, they received pins recognizing that honor during a joyful and emotional ceremony with their fellow hospital associates and administrators on Friday.
Today, they wear those pins with pride knowing they have the confidence of, not only the American Nurses Credentialing Center that issues Magnet® recognition, but also patients like Kitty Ferrantella.
Kitty returned for the Magnet pinning ceremony to share a personal story about how a nurse gave her hope when she was very sick and being cared for at Good Shepherd.  We were there to witness the emotional reunion when Kitty reconnected with that nurse, for the first time, since her stay at the hospital.
Kitty was admitted to Good Shepherd in the summer of 2012 after having serious complications from a procedure performed at another hospital.  She says an exchange with her nurse lifted her spirits and brought her great comfort at a very low point in her recovery……

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44. Health Beat: Cool Heart Treatment for a Return to a Normal Lifestyle

 Feeling an occasional mild flutter in your chest, slightly lightheaded, or occasionally being a bit tired are things many of us may have felt at some time in our lives.
John Thibault, a 47 year old sergeant with the Wauconda Police Department, started having these occurrences more frequently right after a very bad chest cold.
“I figured it was probably a combination of the chest cold and stress that was causing the symptoms,” John said.
A co-worker jokingly teased him saying that he should go to the doctor because if he died he didn’t want to do this job by himself. In jest, but with serious undertones, John decided to consult his physician……

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