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Hospital Headlines: Saint Agnes Hospital receives national awards

Monday November 5, 2012
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The Cardiovascular Institute and Stroke Center at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore recently was recognized with national awards. The American College of Cardiology Foundationís National Cardiovascular Data Registry Action Registry-Get With the Guidelines presented Saint Agnes Hospital with a Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. A second award was presented to the hospitalís Cardiovascular Institute from the American Heart Association, recognizing cardiac interventional receiving centers in Maryland for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction services. Additionally, Saint Agnesí Stroke Center earned a 2012 Gold Plus Award from the AHA.

Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster, Md.: The hospital was presented with the American Hospital Associationís Milestone Award on Sept. 4 to recognize the hospitalís 50 years of membership with the organization. The award is one of several the hospital has received in recent months. In June, the hospital was honored during the Maryland Hospital Associationís annual membership meeting with the 2012 Oriole Award for exceeding the hospitalís target goal in the MHAís 2011 Health Policy Leadership Alliance/American Hospital Association Political Action Committee fundraising campaign. The campaign supports the healthcare industryís efforts to educate legislators about the unique needs of patients and providers. The hospital also received the American College of Cardiology Foundationís NCDR Action RegistryĖGWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2012.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore: The hospital opened its new Wound Healing Center on Sept. 4.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Woodbridge, Va.: The medical center achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare.

The medical center also received $195,748 from the Potomac Health Foundation to fund its project, Family Health Connection Mobile Clinics, which travel to different sites in the community where people can reach them easily. Potomac Health Foundation is an independent, private health foundation. It formed as a result of the December 2009 merger between Potomac Hospital Corp. and Sentara Healthcare.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md.: AAMC received Chest Pain Center Accreditation, which is awarded by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

The hospital began performing emergency cardiac catherizations for acute myocardial infarction in 2002.

"An accredited chest pain center is known for providing better care, better diagnosis, faster treatment and decreased length of stay in a hospital," Julia Blackburn, RN, BSN, director of interventional radiology and cardiac catherization lab, said in a news release. "Part of the reason for this is the close collaboration with the local emergency medical system to provide advanced care from the time they pick up the patient until they enter the cath lab."

Reston (Va.) Hospital Center: The hospital was re-accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

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