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Published on June 17, 2014

Adventist Hospitals Recognized for Quality Cardiac Care

Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals earn awards for care of deadliest type of heart attack

Gaithersburg, MDShady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist hospitals – both part of the Adventist HealthCare system – have received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for patients experiencing the deadliest type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the American Heart Association,” says Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare and interim president of Washington Adventist Hospital. “This is a testament to the expert, high-quality care that the dedicated Adventist cardiac teams provide to our community on a daily basis.”

The Mission Lifeline Bronze award signifies that both hospitals met 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. This includes risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and smoking cessation counseling at discharge.

“Our cardiac teams have measures in place to ensure we are consistently providing effective, timely care,” says Dennis Friedman, M.D., medical director of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research at Shady Grove Adventist. “As part of our care, we provide patients with educational information and tools to reduce their likelihood of a repeat episode.”

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

“In order to avoid death during a STEMI, it is critical to immediately restore blood flow,” says Michael Chen, M.D., medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Washington Adventist. “This can be done most effectively by opening the blocked vessel through percutaneous coronary intervention, which involves balloons and stents."

Both hospitals are designated Chest Pain Centers with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention by the national Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This means they exceed rigid standards for care procedures in the treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

“We are pleased to receive this latest recognition for our care and treatment of heart attacks,” says John Sackett, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “I would like to congratulate our teams on these prestigious and well-deserved achievements and thank them for their dedication to our patients.”

In addition to the Mission Lifeline Bronze awards, the AHA recently awarded both hospitals the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll for their life-saving, high-quality stroke care.

Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 252-bed acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Md, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 313-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Shady Grove is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics and joint replacement, and maternity and pediatric care.

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