MedStar Washington Hospital Center Becomes First to Launch ACC Patient Navigator Program


Alisha Martin

MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. became the first hospital to provide cardiology patients with support through the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program, sponsored by AstraZeneca. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is one of 35 hospitals across the country that will participate between now and the end of 2015. Thus far, 11 hospitals have been selected to take part in the ACC program, which provides enhanced support for cardiology patients as they transition from hospital to home following their heart attack.

The ACC Patient Navigator Program will provide personalized support to patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) based on their specific needs, which is vital because cardiovascular disease impacts every patient differently. The program will support patients with ACS as they face physical, emotional and other issues after having a heart attack. According to the ACC, one of the goals is to make ACS patients’ hospitalization less stressful and the recovery period more supportive.

AstraZeneca’s sponsorship of the ACC Patient Navigator Program aligns with our commitment to putting patients at the core of everything we do and to helping health care professionals support their patients with cardiovascular diseases.   Read more about AstraZeneca’s sponsorship of the ACC Patient Navigator Program.


In a recent study of Medicare patients discharged after a heart attack, 25.9 percent of heart attack patients died and 50.5 percent were re-hospitalized within the first year.

– Dharmarajan K; Hsieh AF; Lin Z et al. Abstract 13: Risks of Death and Hospital Readmission by Time Following Hospitalization for Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial Infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013; 6: A13.