Bethesda Heart Hospital

Bethesda Heart Hospital

Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI


Bethesda Heart Hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (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.


Processes are in place at Bethesda Heart Hospital that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. 
  • The Door to Balloon (D2B) time national standard is 90 minutes. Bethesda Heart Hospital average D2B time is 60 minutes. Time is Muscle.


Bethesda Heart Hospital's state-of-the-art healthcare encompasses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, Bethesda Heart Hospital's quality assurance plan, and community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Bethesda Heart Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.