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Published on May 07, 2015

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital Receives Highest Quality Rating for Heart Surgery

Takoma Park, MD – The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital a Three-Star rating – the highest possible quality rating - for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR).

The STS has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 12-15% of hospitals nationwide received a Three-Star rating for heart surgery. In 2014, only 9% of hospitals received a Three-Star rating for CABG and only 8% received this level rating for AVR. The rating includes not only outcome measures, but also process measures and adherence to evidence-based care throughout a patient’s admission.

"As a recognized leader in specialized cardiac care for more than fifty years, Washington Adventist Hospital continually provides our patients with the highest quality and most advanced care delivered by a team of experienced, skilled and caring experts," said Erik Wangsness, president of Washington Adventist Hospital. "This national achievement recognizes our cardiac team’s long-standing commitment to ensuring our patients receive the best possible care and outcomes."

The STS analyzes many different national cardiac surgical data categories annually to determine which hospitals meet its stringent qualifications for the Three-Star rating. Its database measures outcomes from more than 90 percent of the 1,100 cardiac surgery programs in the U.S. This data includes compliance with recommended quality measures during surgery, avoidance of mortality, avoidance of major complications, adherence to appropriate medication usage before and after surgery and patient outcomes.

"We are proud to continue the hospital’s legacy of high-quality heart surgery and patient care," said Paul Massimiano, M.D., Cardiac Surgeon and program director of Cardiac Surgery at Washington Adventist Hospital. "The Three-Star rating in heart surgery demonstrates that our patients experience fewer complications, better survival rates and optimal surgical techniques."

The cardiac surgeons at Washington Adventist Hospital helped pioneer the development of minimally-invasive valve surgery and rank among the top physicians in the region. In addition to traditional approaches to heart surgery, the cardiac surgery team offers the most advanced techniques including:

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Minimally invasive bypass surgery (CABG)

Since its first heart surgery in 1962, Washington Adventist Hospital has been serving the D.C. region with award-winning cardiac care. The hospital holds the highest level of Chest Pain Center Accreditation attainable, Level IV with PCI, which recognizes high-quality care, rapid assessment and life-saving treatment given to chest pain patients. Washington Adventist is also designated as a cardiac interventional center and primary stroke center by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). For 2014, the hospital was also honored with the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus

Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Awards, both recognizing excellence in high-quality stroke care and a Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Action Registry for high-quality cardiac care.

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 232-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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