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Published on October 14, 2014

Adventist HealthCare Hospitals Recognized for High-Quality Cardiac Care

Gaithersburg, MDAdventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center have received the 2014 Platinum and Gold Performance Achievement Awards, respectively, from the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG for their high-quality cardiac care.

This award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the Platinum honor. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is one of only 55 hospitals nationwide to receive the Gold honor.

“We are honored to receive this award for the fifth consecutive time,” says John Sackett, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Adventist HealthCare and president of Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. “Receiving this recognition five times reflects our ongoing commitment to provide high-quality care to our community.”

“I would like to recognize our physicians, nurses and staff on these achievements and thank them for their ongoing dedication to provide the best care for our community,” said Erik Wangsness, president of Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. “Adherence to these guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

To receive the Platinum award, Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. The Premier registry requires hospitals to report more detailed data on specific measures.

To receive the Gold award, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.
Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Both hospitals are also 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, orthopedics and joint replacement, and maternity and pediatric care.

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

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