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Washington Adventist Hospital Marks 50 Years in Cardiac Excellence

Story by Diana Troese
Published 2/1/12

Washington Adventist Hospital’s cardiac services team

In conjunction with American Heart Month, this month Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) begins a yearlong celebration to mark 50 years since the area’s first heart surgery was performed at the hospital in 1962. Since that first surgery, the Takoma Park, Md.-based hospital has been continually recognized for the comprehensive, quality heart care provided to residents and other regional firsts.

Most recently, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded WAH a Three-Star rating for heart surgery—the highest possible quality rating in this category. The STS has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Only about 12-15 percent of hospitals receive the Three-Star rating. The rating encompasses not only outcome measures, but also process measures and adherence to evidence-based care throughout a patient’s admission.

“As a recognized leader in specialized cardiac care for 50 years, Washington Adventist Hospital continually provides our patients with the highest quality care delivered by a team of experienced, skilled and caring experts,” said Joyce Newmyer, WAH president. “I am excited to mark this milestone with our staff, physicians and community members who continue to trust their heart care to our hospital.”

Last year the U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital among the top five hospitals in the Washington, D.C.-area and recognized WAH as top performing in heart and heart surgery.

In 2010, Washington Adventist Hospital was also the first in the D.C. region to earn the highest level of Chest Pain Center Accreditation attainable, Level III with PCI, which recognizes high-quality care, rapid assessment and life-saving treatment given to chest pain patients. Other regional firsts at the hospital over the past 50 years include:
• First heart bypass,
• First heart catheterization,
• First coronary artery bypass graft,
• First carotid artery stent procedure,
• First Mini-Maze to correct atrial fibrillation and
• First implantation of an MRI-safe pacemaker

“We are proud to continue the hospital’s legacy of high-quality heart surgery using the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatments,” said Paul Massimiano, MD, cardiac surgeon andprogram director of Cardiac Surgery at WAH.

Washington Adventist Hospital will extend the anniversary celebration to the community February 11 at their annual Love Your Heart Expo from 1-5 p.m. at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md. Community members can take advantage of free heart health screenings and counseling, free heart healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations and free heart health talks by medical experts, including Dr. Massimiano.

In addition to being an accredited Chest Pain Center, the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems has designated WAH as a cardiac interventional center and primary stroke center. The hospital has also received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award and the ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, both recognizing excellence in cardiac care.

Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Md.