Among the many health care organizations in the Washington metro area, Suburban Hospital stands out with an important and unique advantage — a formal affiliation with the National Institutes of Health. This relationship has enabled Suburban Hospital, our physicians and staff to participate in ground-breaking research in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease.
As the first community hospital selected by Johns Hopkins Medicine to participate in the Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team (C-PORT), Suburban Hospital cardiologists were instrumental in the design of the angioplasty study and developed substantial expertise in performing coronary angioplasty in emergency situations. As a result of the trial, angioplasty is now standard practice nationwide for treating patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).
More than a decade ago, Suburban Hospital joined forces with NIH, our neighbor across the street, to create an innovative program to evaluate the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing heart attacks, coronary artery disease and stroke non-invasively. Our ongoing participation in translational research, which brings rigorously tested breakthroughs quickly from the research institution to the bedside, offers patients access to technology, techniques and treatments found in very few health care settings. Delivered by highly skilled and experienced clinicians, these innovative procedures are conducted with the utmost attention to the safety, comfort and benefit to each patient.
Translating research to patient care also requires continuous and intensive training for medical professionals. In keeping with our commitment to enhancing access to the latest advances in cardiac care, the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital will help to train physicians in post-residency fellowships, as well as provide nurses and other caregivers opportunities to participate in clinical rotations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
For more information about the NIH Heart Center, call 301-896-7610. To read about research focused on stem cell injections during cardiac surgery click here.