Award recognizes Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s commitment to best practices, quality for mitral valve repair
Fairfax, VA — Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation for a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes resulting from evidence-based, guideline-directed degenerative mitral valve repair.
The Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award was developed to identify, recognize and promote the nation’s recognized medical centers for mitral valve repair surgery. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute earned the award for demonstrating adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines as well as an ongoing commitment to reporting and measuring quality and outcome metrics specific to mitral valve repairs.
The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve reconstruction, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valves, since valve repair is associated with improved survival and fewer long-term complications. Many patients who would benefit from repair receive replacement valves, with higher rates of death or complications within five years after surgery.
“The Structural Heart/Valve Disease Program at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute has a long history of commitment to advancing the treatment of valvular heart disease and an unrelenting pursuit of excellent clinical outcomes,” said Eric L. Sarin, MD, Section Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Structural Heart/Valve Disease Program at Inova. “It is extremely gratifying to see our team receive national recognition for our dedication to providing the best possible patient care in the field of mitral valve repair.”
“We are pleased to recognize Inova Heart and Vascular Institute for their commitment to patients who need mitral valve repair,” said Robert O. Bonow, MD, Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern University and Past President of the American Heart Association. “Choosing the right hospital for heart surgery is one of the most important healthcare decisions that patients and their referring physicians must make to ensure best outcomes. The Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award identifies hospitals with excellent processes and outcomes and gives patients and cardiologists the information necessary to make these important decisions when mitral valve surgery is required.”
More information about the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award is available at heart.org.
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 19,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services, and destination institutes.
Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.
Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at inova.org.