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Published on January 29, 2009

Elective Heart Procedure Performed at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Hospital is one of four in Maryland selected for multi-state clinical study

Rockville, MD - Doctors at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital this month have performed the hospital's first cases of non-primary (elective) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also called angioplasty, as part of a multi-state clinical study. Shady Grove has become the first hospital in Maryland to enroll patients in the clinical study and one of the first hospitals to perform the elective procedure under a waiver from the state's health care commission.

"Our cardiac team has had excellent outcomes in performing emergency PCI at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for the past 12 years, "said Dr. Dennis Friedman, Medical Director of Cardiac Services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and the lead physician on Shady Grove's first elective PCI case.  "We are pleased to now carry our experience over to patients who come to Shady Grove for this elective heart procedure."

PCI involves the insertion of a balloon-type device into a patient's artery to open a blockage.  Primary PCI is performed in emergency situations, such as when a patient arrives at a hospital suffering from a heart attack.  Elective PCI, also known as elective angioplasty, is used to improve quality of life and lessen symptoms for patients with angina and other conditions related to coronary artery disease.  In Maryland, elective PCI is only allowed in hospitals that have on-site cardiac surgery, unless they are granted a waiver by the MHCC.

With the elective PCI waiver, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has become a research site for the Atlantic Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Team (C-PORT).  This group is currently performing a randomized, multi-state clinical research trial to determine whether non-primary PCI performed in hospitals without on-site cardiac surgery services is safe and as effective as non-primary PCI performed in hospitals with on-site cardiac surgery services.  Hospitals are selected for the C-PORT study based on the overall quality and outcomes of their cardiac program.

Primary or Emergency PCI has been performed at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital since 1996, with some of the best quality measures and highest patient volumes in Maryland.  In September, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) granted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital a two-year waiver to elective PCI as part of a multi-state clinical study.  Shady Grove was one of only four hospitals in Maryland to receive approval from the MHCC to participate in the clinical study based on the high-quality of the hospital's cardiac program as well as the excellent patient outcomes in the cardiac program.

"We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this multi-state clinical trial, which allows us to offer elective PCI to our patients," said Debbie Truxillo, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Shady Grove.  "The entire cardiac team at Shady Grove is pleased to begin our participation in this study and to improve access to elective PCI for our local community."

Shady Grove's comprehensive cardiac program includes a broad range of cutting-edge treatments for cardiac conditions such as coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease, as well as electrophysiology, investigational drug and device research and one of the area's largest cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital , a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 293 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009.  Today, Shady Grove offers a broad range of excellent health services including emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a broad range of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county.  The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown opened in 2006 and is providing increased access to emergency medical care for more than 30,000 residents each year.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Rockville, Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

Note to Editors: To schedule an interview with a cardiologist or a patient who has received elective PCI at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, please contact Marisa Lavine at 240-826-6004 or mlavine@adventisthealthcare.com

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