2016 Sentara Heart Annual Report

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Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (SAMC) in Elizabeth City, NC, joined Sentara Healthcare in 2014. Sentara has provided care for North Carolina residents at our hospitals in Virginia, but SAMC is the first Sentara hospital actually located in the state.

In 2016, the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) program saw a 40 percent increase in patient usage.This increase is attributed to the rehab team’s dedication to educating patients about the importance of making healthy lifestyle changes to improve heart health. Cardiac rehab patients recovering from heart events and heart procedures participate in physical activity under the close supervision of medical experts. SAMC staff also reworked scheduling to open up more early morning and weekday appointments often requested by older heart patients.

The cardiac rehab program at SAMC is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The 182-bed hospital also has echocardiography accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and nuclear cardiology accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Electrophysiology Procedures (AICDs and Pacers) Diagnostic Cath Procedures Non-Invasive Diagnostic Procedures (Echos 2,540; Stress echos 78; treadmill 56; Zio patches 140; Holter monitoring 89; event monitoring 0; TEE 208; tilt table 116)

In 2016, the hospital welcomed the services of its first electrophysiologist. 3,227 Since then, more than 50 heart patients have received automatic implantable MUGA Scans cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs).These devices are similar to pacemakers, delivering electrical shocks to the heart when needed. Approximately 130 other patients received different types of implantable devices in 2016.

The hospital excels at providing timely emergency cardiac care with an average door-to-needle time of 28 minutes.This time refers to how long it takes emergency department (ED) personnel to administer clot-busting thrombolytic drugs to a heart attack patient after they enter the ED.

State-of-the-art diagnostic testing services at SAMC include heart catheterizations, electrocardiography (EKG), exercise and pharmacologic stress tests, Doppler echo studies, nuclear imaging, tilt table testing, and Holter and event monitoring. In 2016, the hospital performed approximately 938 catheterizations, with approximately 70 percent of the procedures done transradially through the wrist.

SAMC also provides the community with quarterly Pocket EKG cardiac screenings. Cardiac teams use EKGs, bloodwork and vital signs testing to screen members of the community for heart disease. Participants receive pocket-size, laminated cards with the screening results that they can carry in their wallets. Should a participant develop a heart problem in the future, doctors can compare this baseline EKG with future EKGs to aid in a timely diagnosis.

2016 Volumes

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center