News Release

Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on May 10, 2016

Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital Recognized for Expert, High-Quality Stroke Care

Gaithersburg, MDAdventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital each have received two awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for life-saving, high-quality stroke care.

The first award, Gold Plus Quality Achievement, recognizes each hospital’s adherence to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, a hospital program from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association that focuses on improving stroke care by promoting consistent use of the latest scientific treatment guidelines. To receive this award, Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher compliance with the program’s standards for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. In addition, both hospitals achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight program measures.

“These awards demonstrate that Washington Adventist Hospital is one of the best places to receive care if you are experiencing a stroke,” said Amir Zangiabadi, MD, Medical Director of the Stroke Program and a neurologist at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. “Our team is committed to providing expertise in fast, coordinated stroke care, which helps to prevent serious brain damage and save lives when even minutes can make a difference.”

The second award, the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, honors Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospital for maintaining a short time period between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with clot-dissolving medication, as designated by quality guidelines. Providing the medication within the first three hours after stroke symptoms begin has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

Both Shady Grove Medical Center 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 comprehensive stroke team at Shady Grove Medical Center is committed to providing quick, life-saving care, which gives our stroke patients the best chance for recovery,” said Perry Smith, MD, neurologist and Stroke Program Medical Director for Shady Grove Medical Center. “The awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association highlight our continued commitment to delivering quality stroke care to our community.”

Both hospitals have long been recognized as high quality providers of stroke care in the region, designated earlier this year as Primary Stroke Centers by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, a five-year designation that both hospitals first received in 2011. Maintaining the designations requires both hospitals to establish rapid and coordinated team approach to stroke care, in addition to meeting requirements relating to timeliness of care and community education about stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

Adventist HealthCare offers a full range of health and wellness services to the community including acute hospital care, rehabilitation, mental and behavioral health services, home care, health education, a physician network and wellness services for businesses. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest employers in Maryland, with approximately 6,000 employees. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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