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Adventist Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to High-Quality Patient Care

Story by Susan Griffith
Published 9/15/2011


Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Cardiac Service earns the Gold Performance Award for the second year in a row, with Debbie Truxillo, RN, executive director of Cardiac and Vascular Services (center), and Gail Shults, RN, CCRC, manager of Cardiology and Cardiac and Vascular Research (right).

In recent months, Adventist HealthCare’s Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) in Rockville, Md., and Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) in Takoma Park, Md., have received a total of seven awards for their high-quality care to patients with cardiac and vascular conditions.

Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Performance Achievement Awards. The awards are given for the hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care for patients experiencing the deadliest type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

The Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award, granted to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, signifies that the hospital met the American Heart Association’s highest goals for quality care over 12 consecutive months. The Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award, granted to Washington Adventist Hospital, signifies that the hospital met several goals for quality care over 90 consecutive days.

These goals include timeliness of diagnosis and intervention as well as guidelines for discharge that promote the prevention of future cardiac events. This includes risk reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and smoking cessation counseling at discharge. It is Washington Adventist Hospital’s second time receiving this award.

“As a leader in cardiac care in the D.C. region, I’m pleased our hospital is again being recognized for quality patient care," said Joyce Portela, president of Washington Adventist Hospital. "We continually strive to improve the overall outcomes and experience of our patients.”

Both hospitals also received ACTION Registry-GWTG Performance Achievement Awards from the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association for their consistent, outstanding care to heart attack patients.

SGAH was one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011. This award notes that the hospital met or exceeded treatment standards outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the AHA at a performance rate of 85 percent for 24 consecutive months.

“This recognition of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s cardiac program reflects the dedication our physicians, nurses and staff have in identifying and treating heart conditions and in providing the people in our compossible cardiac care,” said Dennis Hansen, SGAH president.

WAH was one of only 94 hospitals nationwide to receive the Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2011 for meeting or exceeding the standards at an 85 percent or higher performance rate for 12 consecutive months.

In addition to these awards, SGAH received a two-year primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) waiver extension and two accreditations by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

SGAH’s Vascular Laboratory also achieved accreditations by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) for its noninvasive vascular testing in the areas of carotid ultrasound and venous ultrasound. These accreditations recognize Shady Grove Adventist’s delivery of quality care and testing to vascular patients.




Interventional cardiologist Laurence Kelley, MD (center), and Cath Lab staff perform a heart catheterization at Washington Adventist Hospital.Interventional cardiologist Laurence Kelley, MD (center), and Cath Lab staff perform a heart catheterization at Washington Adventist Hospital.