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Published on June 18, 2009

State Grants Shady Grove Adventist Approval to Continue Performing Emergency Heart Procedure

Shady Grove's Quality Outcomes for Heart Attack Patients are Among Best in State

Rockville, MD - The Maryland Health Care Commission has granted Shady Grove Adventist Hospital approval to continue performing a life-saving, emergency procedure for heart attack patients. The procedure, called primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), has been performed at Shady Grove since 1996 and will now continue for at least another two years due to the hospital's exceptional outcomes and quality care for heart attack patients.

"We thank the Maryland Health Care Commission for approving our request to continue participation in this program that delivers life-saving care for heart attack patients at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital," said Shady Grove Adventist President Dennis Hansen. "This waiver represents the consistent and excellent delivery of high-quality care by our cardiac physicians and staff."

In Maryland, hospitals are only allowed to perform primary PCI, which includes the insertion of a balloon-type device into a patient's arteries to alleviate a blockage, for emergency patients under two conditions-they must have cardiac surgery onsite or must receive a waiver from the MHCC. Hospitals without onsite cardiac surgery may receive a one- or two-year waiver, based on performance.

When a patient is suffering from a heart attack, minutes can make a difference between life and death. One important quality measurement for heart attack treatments, including PCI, is door-to-balloon (DTB) time, which measures the amount of time between when a patient arrives in an Emergency Department and when the first device is used. The MHCC requires that hospitals achieve a DTB of less than 120 minutes at least 80 percent of the time. In 2008, Shady Grove had a median DTB of 74 minutes and achieved the MHCC goal of less than 120 minutes in 89 percent of its primary PCI patients, including those who were transported from its Germantown Emergency Center.

"The goal of the cardiac team at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is to quickly and efficiently deliver quality care to each heart attack patient that comes to our hospital," said Dr. Dennis Friedman, Medical Director of Cardiac Services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. "Our outcomes and quality measurements demonstrate that our team has a proven track record of meeting this goal and also now allows us to continue providing this important procedure for our community."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 293 licensed beds, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2009. 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 number 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.