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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on April 09, 2003

Press Release

Washington Adventist Hospital Launches Cardiovascular Institute

Creation of the Institute Recognizes the Hospital's Expertise in Cardiology

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital has launched the CardioVascular Institute to create an enhanced identity for the extensive, leading-edge cardiology services offered by the hospital.

Washington Adventist Hospital offers the full spectrum of cardiology services including open-heart surgery, angioplasty, cardiac rehabilitation, clinical research, diagnostic testing and prevention-oriented, community outreach programs. All of these services are coordinated through the CardioVascular Institute.

The hospital performs nearly 800 open-heart surgeries and nearly 6,500 interventional cardiology procedures annually, and has been a leading regional provider of cardiology services for more than 30 years.

"The creation of the CardioVascular Institute at Washington Adventist Hospital is a recognition of the extensive experience and the full spectrum of cardiology services we offer for the community," said Ken Bauer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We recognize, however, that the success of our program rests not with the name but with the individual care we provide for each patient everyday."

Washington Adventist Hospital is consistently at the forefront of new treatment techniques in the field of cardiology. Recently, Washington Adventist Hospital was the first hospital in the Washington DC area to perform a new procedure designed to clear completely block arteries.

Some heart disease patients experience chronic total occlusion (CTO), a potentially disabling condition in which one or more of the coronary arteries is blocked 100 percent. In the past, surgery was the best option for restoring normal blood flow to the heart. Now, doctors are often able to use a specially designed device at the tip of a catheter to break through the blockage without resorting to surgery.

"Advancing new treatment options is one example of how we are working to provide the best possible cardiac care for patients in our community," said hospital President Ken Bauer.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 322-bed hospital which, in addition to cardiology services, offers neurosurgery, radiation oncology, mental health services, maternity care, emergency medicine and many other services. The hospital employs approximately 1,700 health care professionals and is part of the Adventist HealthCare network of services.

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