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Published on August 29, 2011

Washington Adventist Hospital Receives Two Awards Recognizing Excellence in Cardiac Care

Awards Demonstrate Commitment to High-Quality Patient Care

Takoma Park, MDWashington Adventist Hospital recently received two awards for delivering high-quality cardiac care: the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award and the ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award.

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care for people experiencing the deadliest type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

Every year, almost 400,000 people experience a STEMI heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number do not receive timely access to appropriate treatments. The AHA Mission Lifeline award recognizes Washington Adventist Hospital for meeting the AHA’s highest goals for quality care over 90 consecutive days. These goals include timeliness of diagnosis and intervention as well as guidelines for discharge that promote the prevention of future cardiac events. Additionally, the goals include risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and smoking cessation counseling at discharge. This is the second time that Washington Adventist Hospital has received this award.

“It is an honor to be recognized again this year by the American Heart Association for the high-quality care we provide to our cardiac patients,” says Dr. David Brill, Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Washington Adventist Hospital. “Our rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients helps save heart muscle, and provides our patients with the best opportunity to have the safest and most complete recovery.”

In addition to the Mission: Lifeline recognition, Washington Adventist Hospital is one of only 94 hospitals nationwide to receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2011 from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association (AHA) for consistent, outstanding care to heart attack patients. To receive this award, Washington Adventist Hospital met or exceeded treatment standards outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the AHA at a performance rate of 85 percent for 12 consecutive months.

The ACTION Registry-GWTG is part of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) through the AHA that compiles quality data as well as collaborative models and quality improvement techniques for cardiac care.  This information is used by health care providers to treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines.

“As a leader in cardiac care in the D.C. region, I’m pleased our hospital is again being recognized for quality patient care," said Joyce Portela, president of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We continually strive to improve the overall outcomes and experience of our patients.”

These two awards can be added to the long list of recognitions that Washington Adventist Hospital has recently earned for the delivery of quality care.  Recent recognitions include: Washington Adventist Hospital’s accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by The Society of Chest Pain Centers; designation as a Cardiac Interventional Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services and Systems (MIEMMS); and designation as a Primary Stroke Center by MIEMSS.

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist Hospital among the top five hospitals in the D.C. metro region. The national magazine recognized the hospital as high performing in nine areas including Heart & Heart Surgery, Urology, Pulmonology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Geriatrics, Nephrology and Neurology & Neurosurgery.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 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.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline. and heart.org/quality.

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