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Media Contact: Katie Solovey

Published on May 21, 2009

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Obtains Designations Based on High Quality Care for Stroke and Heart Attack Patients

Hospital is First in County and DC Region to Become Level Two Chest Pain Center; Also Obtains Five-Year Designation as Primary Stroke Center

Rockville, MD - Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has obtained two important designations that highlight the hospital's delivery of high-quality care to patients who are suffering from a stroke or a heart attack- two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

The hospital has become the first hospital in Montgomery County and only the fifth in Maryland to receive Cycle II Chest Pain Center accreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). In addition, Shady Grove has obtained its five-year designation as a Primary Stroke Center from the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Both designations require rigorous surveys and documentation demonstrating the high-quality care that is provided to both heart attack and stroke patients.

"We are pleased to achieve both of these important designations for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital," said Shady Grove President, Dennis Hansen. "I congratulate the teams of physicians and staff that are part of our Emergency, Cardiac and Stroke teams for their continued commitment to creating comprehensive programs that provide the highest level of care to heart attack and stroke patients in our community."

Cycle II Chest Pain Center with PCI

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has become the first Montgomery County hospital to obtain the second level of Chest Pain Center designation, called Cycle II with PCI, from the SCPC. In order to receive this designation, Shady Grove demonstrated its expertise in delivering quality care to cardiac patients by meeting or exceeding several stringent criteria. The hospital also completed an on-site survey by the SCPC. Chest Pain Centers must demonstrate expertise in several areas including:

  • Integration of the Emergency Department with the local emergency medical system.
  • Rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Effective treatment of patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms.
  • Functional design that promotes optimal patient care.
  • Demonstrate Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training.
  • Support community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

"Chest Pain Center accreditation is possible because of the ongoing collaboration between our Emergency Department, Cardiology team, EMS, hospitalists and nurses," said Reba Blumenthal, Chest Pain Center Coordinator for Shady Grove. "Together, this team ensures that quality care is delivered to each patient who comes to our hospital with chest pain."

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is a non-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease can be eliminated as the number one cause of death worldwide. Each year, more than 650,000 Americans die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death in the U.S. In addition, more than five million people visit U.S. hospitals each year with chest pain.

Five-Year Designation as Primary Stroke Center

A stroke is a "brain attack" that literally cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. During a stroke, two million brain cells die every minute, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. In the U.S., stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing 160,000 people each year, and the leading cause of adult disability. Published research has shown that the rapid and coordinated team approach provided by Primary Stroke Centers leads to the best outcomes for stroke patients.

Hospitals that are Primary Stroke Centers must establish a number of key elements to enhance care to stroke patients, including an acute stroke unit, an integrated emergency response system, and a 24-hour neurosurgical and neuroimaging services. They must also develop and implement evidence based stroke pathways of care. Prior to designating a hospital a Primary Stroke Center, MIEMSS conducts a one-day, on-site survey to assess the stroke program. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital successfully completed its survey on January 15. Official notification from MIEMSS came today.

"For stroke patients, quick actions can save lives and limit disabilities. Shady Grove's highly-qualified stroke team has put important systems in place to provide life-saving care to stroke patients at our hospital," said Corda Johnson, NP, Stroke Team Coordinator for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

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. 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.

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