Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns National Recognition for Cardiac and Vascular Services - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on November 05, 2010

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns National Recognition for Cardiac and Vascular Services

Gold Performance Achievement Award Highlights Care for Coronary Artery Disease

Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is one of only 135 hospitals nationwide – and one of just three in Maryland – to be recognized by the American College of Cardiology Foundation for providing the best possible care to coronary artery disease and heart attack patients.

Shady Grove will be presented with the NCDR ACTION Registry–Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions gala in Chicago on November 15.

“Being awarded the Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010 is reflective of the commitment Shady Grove has to the preserving the quality of life and ensuring optimal outcomes for patients in our community suffering from coronary artery disease,” said Dennis Hansen, President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 

The designation means Shady Grove has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association.  This includes use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

Shady Grove’s Cardiac and Vascular team had to maintain this high quality of care for 24 consecutive months to earn the Gold Performance Award.  This builds on the Silver Performance Award received last year for implementing a higher standard of care for 12 consecutive months.

“Our sustained and high-level performance is especially important as we expect increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population over the next decade,” said Debbie Truxillo, Director of Cardiac, Vascular and Pulmonary Services.  “Our health-care team consistently treats coronary artery disease patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines.”

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols.  This is a critical step in understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, ACTION Registry- GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Cardiac and Vascular Services have also achieved high-quality designations as an Accredited Cycle II Chest Pain Center, a Designated Primary Stroke Center, a CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Center of Excellence for Carotid Stenting, and Accredited Vascular Ultrasound.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 336 licensed beds. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.  The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care oncology care; several surgical specialties; and  specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. 

The American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDRACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’sGet With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program.