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Media Contact: Betty Klinck

Published on April 16, 2014

Adventist HealthCare Hospitals Recognized for High-Quality Stroke Care

Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals earn awards for providing community with the highest standard of rapid, life-saving stroke care

Gaithersburg, MDWashington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital – both part of the Adventist HealthCare system - have received two awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) for their life-saving, high-quality stroke care.

American Heart Association (AHC) Gold Plus Stroke AwardThe first award, Gold Plus Quality Achievement, recognizes each hospital for reaching an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months. In addition, both hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance with seven out of 10 stroke quality measures during the 12-month period. Fast evaluation and treatment of stroke patients helps to prevent serious brain damage and allows for optimal outcomes.

“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is honored to receive this recognition by the American Heart Association for the fifth year in a row,” says Kevin Smothers, M.D., chief medical officer. “This is a testament to the high-quality care that our comprehensive stroke team provides to patients in our community.”

Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park have acute stroke units, integrated emergency response systems and multidisciplinary stroke teams including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians, nurses and a stroke program coordinator who ensures constant coordination of care among the various stroke program team members.

Read more about how this coordinated approach saved the life of a local Hyattsville man who collapsed at home from a stroke. 

“This national recognition reflects the dedication and commitment of Washington Adventist Hospital’s stroke team in meeting the highest level of care for treating patients suffering from a stroke,” said Randall Wagner, M.D., chief medical officer.

The second award, AHA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, honors both hospitals for their door-to-needle times, which is the time between when a patient arrives at the hospital and when they receive anti-clotting medication. Providing this medication quickly can reduce long-term damage and increase the chances of a full recovery. The Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognizes the stroke teams for having door-to-needle times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of patients.

“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s stroke care team knows that during a stroke, every minute matters,” says Perry Smith, M.D., neurologist and director of the Stroke Program. “Therefore, we have systems in place to help us deliver rapid, life-saving care so that patients have the best outcomes possible. Receiving this award from the AHA acknowledges Adventist HealthCare’s dedication to providing this level of care.”

To qualify for the AHA’s stroke achievement awards hospitals must meet certain criteria in their care of patients. These include ensuring that a high percentage of acute stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within two hours of the onset of stroke symptoms receive clot dissolving medication within three hours. In addition, the hospitals must ensure that patients who smoke receive smoking cessation advice or medication at discharge. Quality measures include stroke education and rehabilitation programs.

“At Washington Adventist Hospital, our team is highly trained to work together providing quick, coordinated, life-saving care to patients suffering a stroke,” said Amir Zangiabadi, M.D., neurologist and director of the Stroke Program. “This team approach saves lives at a time when minutes matter the most.”

Drs. Smith and Zangiabadi are part of the neurology hospitalist program at Adventist HealthCare hospitals. The program provides around-the-clock neurology care to patients suffering from a stroke or other neurological condition. Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). As Primary Stroke Centers, the hospitals have measures in place that allow for a streamlined, coordinated approach to caring for stroke patients.

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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