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February 13, 2013

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Lake Forest, Ill. — Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has been awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international non-for-profit organization focused on improving cardiovascular care. Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a rigorous three-year process that examines a hospital’s policies, processes and performance measures in diagnosing and treating patients with acute coronary syndrome.

The time frame in which a patient with chest pain receives rapid diagnosis and treatment is the difference between life and death. Opening a patient’s artery with an angioplasty balloon 90 minutes after arrival is a standard quality indicator for hospitals nationally. At Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, the average time between arrival and opening the artery with an angioplasty balloon is 67 minutes.

“This accreditation recognizes the standard of care that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital provides to our patients and recognizes our commitment to continually raise the standards of cardiac care for our patients,” said Ian Cohen, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of cardiology and the Chest Pain Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and interventional cardiologist at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

The accreditation was awarded after analysis of the hospital’s timely intervention, diagnosis and treatment of patients with chest pain and the positive patient outcomes that result. Achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation recognizes that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s cardiologists, emergency department physicians and patient care staff consistently demonstrate expertise in streamlined diagnosis and treatment of chest pain. Additional requirements for accreditation include integration with paramedics/EMS and support for community outreach programs that educate the public to immediately seek medical care if they have symptoms of a heart attack.

According to the SCPC, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the SCPC is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

Learn more about the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Lake Forest at

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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

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Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.