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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on April 04, 2013

Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals Recognized for High-Quality Stroke Care

Rockville, MDShady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital – both part of the Adventist HealthCare system - have received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for their expert, high-quality stroke care. This award recognizes each hospital for following the AHA’s Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators for 12 consecutive months and complying with the AHA’s Quality Measures. These are the latest scientific guidelines from the AHA and the American Stroke Association.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition, which reflects the dedication and commitment of Washington Adventist Hospital’s stroke team in providing high-quality care to patients suffering from a stroke,” said Randall Wagner, M.D., chief medical officer for Washington Adventist Hospital.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital was also recognized for its door-to-needle times, which is the time between when a patient arrives at the hospital and when they receive anti-clotting medication. The hospital received AHA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award for achieving door-to-needle times of less than 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of patients.

“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s comprehensive stroke team works to identify stroke patients the moment they arrive at our hospital, so that treatment can begin immediately – giving these patients the best chance for recovery,” said Kevin Smothers, M.D., chief medical officer for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

To qualify for the AHA’s stroke achievement awards hospitals must meet certain criteria in their care of patients. These include ensuring that a high percentage of acute stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within two hours of the onset of stroke symptoms receive clot dissolving medication within three hours. In addition, the hospitals must ensure that patients who smoke receive smoking cessation advice or medication at discharge. Quality measures include stroke education and rehabilitation programs.

“Our team is constantly looking at the evidence-based, best practices in stroke care to help us meet the national quality metrics that define quality care for stroke patients,” said Perry Smith, M.D., Neurologist at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “The AHA recognition tells us that we have made great strides in this work.”

Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital have acute stroke units, integrated emergency response systems and multidisciplinary stroke teams including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians, nurses and a stroke program coordinator who ensures constant coordination of care among the various stroke program team members.

“Our highly skilled team has systems in place to provide quick, life-saving care at our hospital,” said Amir Zangiabadi, M.D., Director of the Stroke Program and Neurologist at Washington Adventist Hospital. “This team approach helps to save lives at a time when minutes matter the most.”

Drs. Smith and Zangiabadi are part of the Adventist HealthCare hospitals’ neurology hospitalist programs, which strengthen the around-the-clock neurology care available to patients suffering from a stroke or other neurological condition. Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital are designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). As Primary Stroke Centers, the hospitals have measures in place that allow for a streamlined, coordinated approach to caring for stroke patients.

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