When minutes count Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) saves lives

(Reston, VA- April 13, 2009)-Today, Reston Hospital Center performed their first case of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). This means that when minutes count, RHC cardiologists are able to stop a heart attack in its tracks by performing cardiac stenting or angioplasty in the hospital's state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab. While these procedures are new to Reston Hospital Center, the hospital's cardiologists, nurses and staff have years of experience performing PCI, and are regional leaders in the life-saving treatment.

"Bringing PCI to the Reston Hospital Center cardiac catheterization lab will have a major impact on the health of the community," Said Andrew Keller, MD, Director of Chest Pain and Interventional Cardiology at Reston Hospital Center. He continued, "I can't stress how crucial each second is from the time a person starts to experience a heart attack to the time he receives treatment. This program promises to save lives, particularly for those in Western Fairfax County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, who were miles from the nearest PCI center."

PCI involves the insertion of a balloon-type device (angioplasty) or a stent into a patient's artery in order to open a blockage. It is proven to be the most effective measure to save the life of a patient suffering from a heart attack, particularly when compared to traditional treatments offered at non-PCI centers. If a patient suffering myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is brought to a hospital without PCI capabilities, he or she is stabilized with clot-busting medication and transferred to the nearest PCI center. With the addition of PCI at Reston Hospital Center, patients in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties will have faster access to this life saving treatment. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across Northern Virginia have been working with the Reston Hospital Center PCI team on launching the program, in order to ensure that the process is seamless when bringing a patient who is suffering a heart attack to the RHC emergency department.

Sometimes patients with coronary artery disease are recommended to undergo elective PCI, or elective angioplasty/stenting, in order to improve quality of life, lessen symptoms of angina, and decrease the likelihood of a heart attack. Reston Hospital Center cardiologists are also able to perform these cases in the RHC cardiac cath lab.

This is an exciting step for Reston Hospital Center, and one that the hospital would not have made without careful preparation, training and planning. RHC has affiliated with Washington Hospital Center, a national leader in cardiovascular care, for cardiac surgery backup and medical transport services-if a patient needs emergent heart surgery, MedSTAR helicopters will fly him or her directly to the Hospital Center, where he or she will be met by the cardiovascular team. Washington Hospital Center is home to the nation's busiest cardiac catheterization center, performing more than 20,000 cases annually, and served as a training site for the RHC team. RHC looks forward to taking care of the hearts of our communities.

About Reston Hospital Center

Since its founding in 1986, Reston Hospital Center -- a 187-bed, acute-care medical and surgical facility situated in Reston's vibrant Town Center - has consistently served the Northern Virginia area with compassion, care and the newest medical technologies. Part of HCA, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, Reston Hospital Center has garnered high honors for attentive patient care and nursing excellence, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (AACN) prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, and AACN's BEACON Award for Critical Care ExcellenceTM. Always highly attuned to the comfort and needs of its community, Reston Hospital Center blends the convenience of all private rooms, valet parking and an easily accessible suburban location with the personal assurance that only the most skilled and best trained medical and support staff can offer. Above all else, Reston Hospital Center is in constant pursuit of its mission: A Passion for Excellence. Compassion for You.

About Washington Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed major teaching hospital and a proud member of the MedStar Health System. It is the largest private not-for-profit hospital in the nation's capital, among the largest hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region and a major referral center for the most complex tertiary services. It consistently ranks among the nation's top hospitals as recognized in U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital Center is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and kidney disease, stroke, cancer, endocrine disorders, and geriatric and respiratory care. The hospital operates an NIH Stroke Center and is the first stroke center in the District of Columbia to be certified by The Joint Commission. The Hospital Center operates MedSTAR, one of the country's top shock-trauma and medevac programs, and the region's only adult burn center. Washington Hospital Center has a $1 billion operating budget, employs a workforce of more than 6,000 associates and has a medical staff of 1,400 comprised of private attending physicians and employed faculty. The medical staff includes a number of nationally recognized leaders in the practice, training and advancement of medicine. In FY08, the hospital's volume of service included 44,000 admissions, 25,000 surgeries, 77,000 emergency room visits and 350,000 ambulatory care visits. Each year, more than 300 medical residents and fellows train at Washington Hospital Center's 26 fully accredited independent programs. Washington Hospital Center also maintains affiliations with several area medical schools including Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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