Washington Adventist Hospital Awarded Two National Distinctions for Excellence in Heart Care

Washington Adventist Hospital Awarded Two National Distinctions for Excellence in Heart Care

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital has been awarded two national recognitions for its high-quality cardiac program. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) have each recognized the hospital with distinctions for excellence in heart care.

Story by Lydia Parris

The STS awarded the hospital based in Takoma Park, Md., a Three-Star rating – the highest possible quality rating – for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR). Washington Adventist Hospital is among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide to achieve the highest rating in both CABG and AVR procedures.

“The Three-Star rating in heart surgery demonstrates that our patients receive the best possible care and have excellent outcomes,” says Dr. Paul Massimiano, program director of cardiac surgery at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. “Our team of experienced, skilled and compassionate experts is dedicated to continuing the hospital’s legacy of high-quality heart surgery.”

The STS analyzes many different national cardiac surgical data categories annually to determine which hospitals meet the stringent qualifications for the Three-Star rating. The quality rating includes not only outcome measures, but also process measures and adherence to evidence-based care throughout a patient’s admission.

Additionally, Washington Adventist Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the D.C. region to receive Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction+ designation for expertise and efficiency in delivering cardiac care. To qualify, hospitals must meet nationally established, objective quality measures. Hospitals must also demonstrate a proven track record for delivering better results – including fewer complications and readmissions – than facilities without these recognitions.

“The Blue Distinction+ designation establishes that our cardiac patients experience fewer complications, better survival rates and enhanced techniques,” said Dr. Michael Chen, medical director of the hospital’s catheterization lab.

“We are pleased to again receive these national distinctions honoring our cardiac team’s long-standing commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality heart care possible,” said Erik Wangsness, president of Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.

Among other recent accomplishments, the hospital provides a new cutting-edge heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which offers hope and extends years of life for high-risk patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis, which is the narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. This new alternative to open heart surgery replaces the diseased aortic valve through a minimally invasive approach.

Click here to watch a video about Washington Adventist Hospital’s nationally-recognized heart program.