Each year in the U.S., more than 1.5 million people suffer from heart attacks. The quality care provided to local heart-attack patients at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital has been recognized by the Maryland Institute of emergency Medical Services and Systems (MIEMSS), which has designated each hospital as a cardiac interventional center. the designation is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate the delivery of quality care in their interventional heart programs.

“Cardiac intervention offers patients with some very serious heart conditions minimally invasive options that can literally save lives,” says Michael Chen, M.D., a cardiologist at both hospitals and chairman of cardiology at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

As of last April  emergency responders in Maryland may now only bring patients suspected of suffering heart attacks to hospitals that hold the interventional designation from MIEMSS.

“This latest designation indicates that our cardiac care teams offer patients suffering a heart attack and other serious disturbances of blood flow to the heart the quickest and most advanced care,” says David Brill, M.D., director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and a cardiologist at both hospitals.

Both Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital already hold designations as Chest Pain Centers (CPCs) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In 2010, Washington Adventist Hospital became the first in the Washington, D.C., region and only the second in Maryland to obtain designation as a Cycle III CPC, which is the highest designation. In 2009, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital was the first in Montgomery County to achieve Cycle II designation.