December 15, 2018

Washington Adventist Hospital Earns Highest Rating in Heart Surgery

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital has been ranked in the top 7 percent of hospitals nationwide for the quality of care it provides patients who undergo coronary bypass graft surgery, the most common type of open-heart surgery in the U.S.  

In November 2018, the hospital received a Three-Star rating — the highest possible quality rating — from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons. The organization analyzes many national cardiac surgery data categories to determine which hospitals meet the stringent Three-Star criteria.  

The quality rating measures patient outcomes, processes, and consistent use of evidence-based care throughout a patient’s hospitalization. 

More than 92 million Americans are living with heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. 

“Our cardiac team is focused on providing high-quality care and excellent outcomes for our patients,” said Paul Massimiano, cardiac surgeon and medical director for Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery. “The Three-Star rating lets patients know that our entire cardiac team adheres to the very highest standards and works together to provide them with the individualized care they need.” 

A long-time leader in heart care, Washington Adventist Hospital offers a comprehensive array of minimally invasive heart treatments and unique expertise in minimally invasive heart surgery. Together, the hospital’s surgeons have performed more than 1,000 minimally invasive heart valve surgeries; they also offer a wide range of other surgical procedures to meet patients’ needs.

Medical experts also shared some advice for people who experience signs of a heart attack, such as tightness in the chest; pain or discomfort in the neck, jaw, or arms; shortness of breath; or fatigue. “They should call 9-1-1 [in the U.S.] immediately,” they said.