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Published on November 08, 2012

Shady Grove Adventist Earns National Recognition for Cardiac Care

Gold Performance Achievement Award Highlights Quality Care for Heart Attack Patients

Rockville, MDShady Grove Adventist Hospital is one of only 26 hospitals in the country to be recognized for providing the highest quality care to heart attack patients with the 2012 Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG. This is the third consecutive year Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has earned the distinction.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital accepted the award November 5 at the American Heart Association’s Quality Achievement Awards during its Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles.

“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is pleased to be recognized for our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients in our community,” said Dennis Hansen, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

To receive the 2012 award, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital consistently followed treatment guidelines outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for eight consecutive quarters. The hospital also met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures, including how rapidly a patient receives treatment on arrival, medication use and patient education on discharge.

“As a three-time consecutive recipient of the Gold Award, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has demonstrated a consistent high level of heart attack care for twenty-four straight quarters, or six years,” said Debbie Truxillo, Director of Cardiac and Vascular Services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “Our sustained quality performance is especially important as we expect increasing incidence of heart disease with an aging population.”

The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for achieving this standard, calling it “a critical step in saving the lives and improving the outcomes of heart attack patients,” according to Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, ACTION Registry-GWTG Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, and James Jollis, MD, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Cardiac and Vascular Services have also achieved quality designations as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center with PCI, Cardiac Intervention Center and Primary Stroke Center, and have earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award and Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 331 licensed beds. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is recognized for excellence in high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care, cardiac and vascular interventional care, oncology care, several surgical specialties and a number of specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 36,000 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. 

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with
partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine.


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