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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on April 07, 2011

Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals Obtain Emergency Heart Care Designations from State

Rockville, Md. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, both part of the Adventist HealthCare system, have achieved designation as cardiac interventional centers by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services and Systems (MIEMSS). The designation is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate the delivery of quality care in their interventional heart programs.

“Cardiac intervention offers patients with some very serious heart conditions minimally invasive options that can literally save lives,” said Dr. Michael Chen, a Cardiologist at both hospitals and Chair of Cardiology at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “We appreciate MIEMSS for recognizing our work to deliver quality care to our heart patients.”

Starting on April 1, 2011, EMS in Maryland will only bring patients suspected of suffering from a heart attack to hospitals that hold the interventional designation from MIEMSS.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital are among only 23 hospitals in Maryland to achieve the cardiac interventional center designation, which is granted following an extensive application process and site visit by a team from MIEMSS. Among the requirements to qualify for the designation, hospitals must:

  • Provide percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), or angioplasty, to patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,
  • Maintain door-to-balloon times, which measures the time between when a patient arrives in an Emergency Department and when the first device is used, of less than 90 minutes for 75% of cases,
  • Maintain on-call cardiac catheterization staff 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Have a single-call access system in place for heart attack patients arriving by ambulance,
  • Participate in the county hospital alert tracking system and
  • Establish a Cardiac Interventional Center medical review committee.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s site survey took place in October 2010 and Washington Adventist Hospital’s visit occurred in January 2011. The hospitals received official notification about the designations from MIEMSS last week.

“Achieving these designations at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital is an important part of our continuous commitment to providing quality care in our hospitals,” said Amy Carrier, Associate Vice President of Clinical Service Lines for Adventist HealthCare. “We congratulate the cardiac and emergency department teams at both hospitals as well as our partners at EMS for their exceptional dedication to our patients and community.”

Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital already hold designations as Chest Pain Centers (CPC) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In 2010, Washington Adventist Hospital became the first in the Washington DC region and only the second in Marylandto obtain designation as a cycle III CPC, which is the highest-level designation. In 2009, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital was the first in Montgomery County to achieve cycle II designation.

"This designation indicates that our cardiac care teams offer patients suffering from heart attack and other serious disturbances of blood flow to the heart, the quickest and most advanced care," said Dr. David Brill, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Washington Adventist Hospital and a cardiologist at both hospitals. "We are pleased that MIEMSS recognizes our long-standing commitment to providing our community the highest level of care."

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 336 licensed beds. Shady Grove Adventist offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in 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. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 400 open-heart surgeries and more than 4,500 heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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