The Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ) recently recognized Capital Medical Center for outstanding performance as part of its inaugural Performance Recognition Program for hospitals participating in its Cardiac Care Outcomes Assessment Program (COAP).

The award, based on 2018 key metric data, honored Capital’s Imaging Services department as one of five among 34 percutaneous cardiac intervention (PCI) sites across the region. All sites were evaluated based on 2018 outcomes data for key quality indicators:

  • Percentage of door-to-balloon times <= 90 minutes
  • Bleeding event within 72 hours of PCI
  • Emergency CABG
  • Radial Access PCI
  • Post Cardiogenic Shock and
  • Tamponade

Capital experienced outcomes that fell at or above state average in all six metrics, no metrics in the “red” (signifying an outlier), and is current with data submissions required for quality assessment.

JJ Geise, Capital Imaging Services Director, credits his team and interventional cardiologists Adam Dunn, MD and Ion Botnaru, MD, with success for such a recognition.

“Much of the metrics met for this award are based on the performance during the procedure of both the physician and staff,” Geise says. “Without the physicians’ dedication and commitment to quality outcomes and making decisions based on what is best for the patient, we would not have seen the same level of success.”

“Congratulations to Capital Medical Center on your strong performance,” said Jeannie Collins-Brandon, COAP Director, FHCQ.

As the only hospital recognized from Thurston County, other sites recognized include Overlake Medical Center, Tacoma General Hospital, Valley Medical Center, and Virginia Mason.

The award was presented at the COAP Annual Meeting on June 12 in Seattle.

The Foundation for Health Care Quality, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a trusted, independent, third party resource to all participants in the health care community – including patients, providers, payers, employers, government agencies, and public health professionals.

Capital Medical Center Imaging Director JJ Geise (right of center) displays the award received from the Foundation for Health Care Quality recognizing Capital’s Imaging Services department as outstanding as one of five among 34 percutaneous cardiac intervention (PCI) sites across our region.