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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on June 16, 2017

Shady Grove Medical Center Earns Honors for Quality Care of Severe Heart Attacks

Rockville, Md. – Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has received the 2017 Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its adherence to quality measures in treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“Shady Grove Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Will Roden, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

Shady Grove Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of the type of heart attacks known as NSTEMIs, or non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarctions. Shady Grove provided NSTEMI patients with emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed, adhering to measures at a set level for at least one consecutive 90-day interval.

“We commend Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, past chairman of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks, and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI and NSTEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 290-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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