U.S.News Ranks MedStar’s Cardiac Care in Nation’s Top 50

Only Heart Program Nationally Ranked Again in the Washington Region

Washington, D.C., July 15, 2014 – For the second year in a row, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is distinguished as the only hospital in the Washington region with a nationally-ranked heart program recognized by U.S.News and World Report. The 2014-15 U.S.News Best Hospitals rankings honor hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging medical conditions.

This marks the 18th year that the Hospital Center has been nationally ranked by U.S.News. This year, just 144 hospitals, or about three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed for the Best Hospitals listing earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S.News also credited nine of the Hospital Center’s other specialties as high-performing: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Pulmonology and Urology.

With one of the highest-volume cardiac programs in the nation, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is home to MedStar Heart Institute, which integrates the heart programs and services of all of MedStar Health’s hospitals, MedStar’s cardiology practices and outpatient centers in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. In 2013, MedStar Heart Institute forged a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. For the 20th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program is again ranked No.1 in the nation.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S.News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S.News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S.News“Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

About MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.

25 Years Later, A Donor Heart Still Strong and Supple

Two Sons, One Heart: a Special Mother-Son Story

25 Years Later, A Donor Heart Still Strong and Supple - Two Sons, One Heart: a Special Mother-Son StoryWashington, D.C., March 4, 2014 — Thomas Cook, 50, of Sharpsburg, Md., is celebrating a very unique milestone as he is among the longest-surviving heart transplant patients on record. Twenty-five years ago, cardiac surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center performed an emergency heart transplant after Cook’s own heart began to fail rapidly. The donor heart was transplanted into his chest on February 1, 1989, and it was one of the earliest heart transplants performed at the Hospital Center. The heart turned out to be a perfect match and a quarter of a century later, Cook is thriving.

“This is a rare accomplishment,” said Steven Boyce, MD, surgical director of heart failure and heart transplant at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute located at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “His body and his heart have become one.”

Statistics show that the 10-year survival rate for heart transplant surgery is about 56 percent. The Hospital Center performed the District’s first heart transplant on May 22, 1987, and since that time has completed more than 230.

Cook said that his heart transplant is a gift, as well as the bond he has developed with his heart donor's family. The organ was donated by a woman named Susan Knight, whose son, Jeff Brown, 27, lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Knight said that she and Cook would one day like to co-author a book about their experience together.

"We would like to write a book and call it, 'Two Sons, One Heart,'" added Knight.

Knight is a petite woman and when she stands next to Cook, she says she is right next to her son's heart. In an odd coincidence, Knight’s great-great grandfather’s name was Thomas Cook.

Cook urges people to sign up to be organ donors as the Cook/Knight bond is living proof that donations can save lives!

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About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and has been the premier destination for cardiac care in the nation's capital for more than 50 years. U.S.News & World Report and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons consistently recognize the Washington region’s preeminent heart program as one of the nation’s best.

In 2013, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute entered into a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, uniting two of the nation’s top heart programs. Together, the two organizations will bring the most promising, innovative cardiac care and research to the Washington, D.C. region. Visit us at www.medstarheartinstitute.org.

Edward Y. Woo Named Head of MedStar Regional Vascular Surgery Program

Washington, D.C., March 3, 2014 – Renowned vascular surgeon, Edward Y. Woo, MD, FACS, has been named director of the MedStar Regional Vascular Surgery Program, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In his new role, Dr. Woo will expand the Hospital Center’s vascular surgery program and extend it into MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

An accomplished surgeon and researcher, Dr. Woo is widely recognized for expertise in complex, minimally invasive endovascular procedures. Such procedures allow surgeons to reach many parts of the body through major blood vessels to treat such disorders as aneurysms and artery blockages. Dr. Woo has conducted extensive research in both open surgical and endovascular approaches to vascular disease, and currently serves as the principal investigator for 14 clinical trials.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center already has longstanding experience and expertise in treating vascular disorders, performing some of the most complex vascular procedures in the mid-Atlantic region. With Dr. Woo at the helm, the vascular program will be expanded regionally through new collaborations and create new opportunities for research and education.

Dr. Woo comes to the Hospital Center from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he served as vice chief and program director for the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and director of the Vascular Laboratory. Dr. Woo spent more than two decades at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees, and completed his internship and residency in general surgery, a research fellowship, and a vascular surgery fellowship.

Dr. Woo has a lengthy list of journal articles, invited lectureships and editorial positions to his credit. He was named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for the last five consecutive years, and was listed for the last two years in U.S.News & World Report as one of “America’s Top Doctors.”

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 50 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation’s top hospitals as recognized by U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, one of the country’s top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and also operates the region’s only adult burn center.

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MedStar Heart Institute Selected for ACC Patient Navigator Program

Program designed to support heart failure patients and reduce hospital readmissions

Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2013 – MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, has been selected as one of 11 hospitals in the country to participate in the first-ever American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program designed to help support heart attack and heart failure patients most at risk for readmission.

MedStar Heart Institute Selected for ACC Patient Navigator Program
Allen J. Taylor, MD, chief of cardiology, MedStar Heart Institute; Rich Buckley, Vice President, North America Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca; Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz, chief executive officer, American College of Cardiology, and Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart Institute, attending the kickoff event to launch the ACC Patient Navigator Program.

The ACC created the program in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services focus on reducing excessive readmissions for heart attack and heart failure. The program will help establish a team of patient navigators who will help patients overcome challenges during their hospital stay and in the weeks following discharge, when they are at most risk for readmission. It is built upon increasing evidence that personalized support can be effective, in both helping a patient make a smooth and effective transition from hospital to home and in reducing avoidable readmissions.

“We’re pleased to be included in this pioneering program and proud to be in such good company,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart Institute. “We’ve already established many of our own initiatives to reduce hospitals readmissions, and our participation in the ACC program will help us to further develop innovative strategies and best practices that can be applied not only locally, but nationally, to improve patient care.”

Across the U.S., nearly one in five patients hospitalized with heart attack, and one in four patients hospitalized with heart failure end up back in the hospital within 30 days of discharge–often for conditions seemingly unrelated to the original diagnosis. Readmissions can be related to issues such as anxiety while in the hospital, fragility on discharge, lack of a full understanding of discharge instructions, as well as other barriers to carrying out those instructions.

“We’ve already begun to put together the program team, including working with MedStar Visiting Nurses Association,” added Allen J. Taylor, MD, chief of Cardiology, MedStar Heart Institute. “This partnership will help to ensure a seamless transition from hospital to home for each patient, and help to connect them with needed services, education and follow-up appointments. And, it enhances our deep commitment to the continual pursuit of the highest quality care.”

Out of 132 hospitals initially surveyed about the program, 120 expressed interest in participating. Eleven hospitals were chosen for the first phase of the program, with an additional 24 hospitals slated to join by the end of 2015.

AstraZeneca is the founding sponsor of the ACC Patient Navigator Program.

About MedStar Heart Institute

MedStar Heart Institute, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and has been the premier destination for cardiac care in the nation’s capital for more than 50 years. U.S.News & World Report and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons consistently recognize the Washington region’s preeminent heart program as one of the nation’s best.

In 2013, MedStar Heart Institute entered into a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, uniting two of the nation’s top heart programs. Together, the two organizations will bring the most promising, innovative cardiac care and research to the Washington, D.C. region. Visit us at www.MedStarHeartInstitute.org.

About the American College of Cardiology

The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit CardioSource.org/ACC.