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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on November 17, 2015

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

Gaithersburg, MD – For the third consecutive year, 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 the year 2014.

Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital were two of only 17 Maryland hospitals and two of three in Montgomery County to make this year’s list. Shady Grove Medical Center was recognized for excellence in processes to improve care in six areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma care and perinatal care. Washington Adventist Hospital was also recognized for excellence in processes to improve care in six areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, immunization and perinatal care.

“We are honored to again receive these national recognitions for the compassionate, high-quality care we provide to the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare, the first and largest provider of healthcare in Montgomery County. “Receiving this distinction for the third consecutive year reflects the hard work and dedication of our employees and physicians to make all of our entities great places to receive care.”

The Joint Commission is the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the country. To achieve designation as a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet at least 95 percent compliance with certain measures for 2014. 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.

“These designations represent our commitment to our mission of improving the health of people and communities,” said Susan L. Glover, senior vice president & chief quality/integrity officer for Adventist HealthCare.

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 both hospitals for high compliance in using evidence-based treatments for five measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and perinatal care.

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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