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Published on November 14, 2014

Adventist Hospitals Achieve National Recognition as Top Performers in High Quality, Evidence-based Care

Gaithersburg, MD – The Joint Commission has named Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for 2013. The hospitals are among 18 in Maryland to earn this national distinction for 2013 performance – and two of 12 state hospitals that demonstrated excellence in processes to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgery.

In addition, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown, New Jersey – also part of the Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare system – achieved recognition as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013. Hackettstown also achieved excellence in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“We are honored to receive these national recognitions for the high quality, complex care we provide to our communities,” says Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest provider of healthcare in Montgomery County, Md. “I would like to thank our employees and physicians for their hard work and dedication to Adventist HealthCare and to those we serve.”

The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the country. This is the second consecutive year that all three Adventist HealthCare acute-care hospitals achieved Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation.

To achieve designation as a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet at least 95 percent compliance with certain measures for 2013. Each measure represents an evidence-based practice that is used to improve patient outcomes. This includes giving aspirin to a heart attack patient at time of arrival and giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

Hospitals also had to achieve a minimum of 95 percent compliance with measures in at least one individual area measure set. The Joint Commission recognized all three hospitals for high compliance in using evidence-based treatments for four measure sets: heart failure, heart attack, surgical care and pneumonia.

“At Adventist HealthCare, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our patients,” says Susan L. Glover, senior vice president & chief quality/integrity officer for Adventist HealthCare. “These designations represent the ongoing collaboration and dedication of our care team to consistently provide evidence-based, expert care to our community.”

Earlier this year, both Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Medical Center achieved the 2014 Platinum and Gold Performance Achievement Awards, respectively, from the American College of Cardiology for their high quality cardiac care. In addition, this past spring, Shady Grove Medical Center became the first hospital in Maryland to achieve the international breastfeeding designation, Baby-Friendly, through the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest healthcare system in Montgomery County, offers a full range of health and wellness services to the community including acute hospital care, rehabilitation, mental and behavioral health services, home care, health education, a physician network and wellness services for businesses. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest employers in Maryland, with approximately 6,000 employees. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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