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Presence Saint Francis Hospital has received Cycle IV, the highest designation in Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). A leader is chest-pain care, the Chest Pain Center at Presence Saint Francis became the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Illinois 10 years ago. 
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To the Evanston community, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

• 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 and

• 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.

“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, and we are proud to achieve such high recognition with them,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., regional president and CEO for Presence Saint Francis Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital- Chicago.