MedStar Health Partners with Baltimore Organizations and Stoop Storytelling Tonight

microphone and empty stool with spotlight onBALTIMORE, MD — MedStar Health and nine Baltimore organizations are partnering with the Stoop Storytelling series to present Of Substance, a free virtual forum where seven candid people will share their stories of thrill, peril, regret and their complicated relationships with drugs and alcohol. The event includes a special musical performance by Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, an American Idol Top 10 Finalist, and will stream live tonight at 7 p.m. on each partner Facebook page, or here.

The Stoop Storytelling series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features people who share their true, personal journey. Partnering with MedStar Health are Jewish Community Services, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Catholic Charities, Baltimore Jewish Council, Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, NAMI Metro Baltimore, Creative Alliance, Goucher College and Baltimore Magazine, to bring awareness to the impact Of Substance use, drive education, prevention and treatment.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has identified September as Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. Of Substance offers inspiring firsthand accounts of recovery that demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment and may mitigate stigma and misconceptions that potentially discourage others from seeking help.

"Jewish Community Services is committed to raising awareness about the potential risks of using drugs and alcohol," said Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, executive director for Jewish Community Services. "Through our work in schools and in the community, we know that young adults can be particularly vulnerable to some of the unintended, potentially life-changing social, emotional and physical consequences. JCS is proud to partner in this important evening of sharing and thoughtful conversation.”

“MedStar Health knows the impact substance use in our communities, and the first step that leads to solutions is to eradicate stigma that will provide education and courage to receive treatment,” said Ryan Moran, director of Community Health for MedStar Health. “This event offers the chance to do that through the power of sharing lived experiences with substance use. Our organization is proud to partner with some of the most important organizations in the Baltimore region to bring this forum to the communities we serve.”

For information, visit – bit.do/stoop-ofsubstance.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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MedStar Health to Stream Interactive Wound Care and Limb Salvaging Webcast

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health will stream Healing Wounds, Saving Limbs webcast, live on Facebook and YouTube from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. WMAR ABC2 News anchor Jamie Costello will host and moderate a panel of five wound care experts, as viewers are encouraged to submit questions during the interactive forum.

MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who participate in the live stream can receive a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The panelists from MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital are experts in wound healing and limb preservation, representing plastic and reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery, and podiatric surgery. They are: D. Zachary Martin, MD; Kevin Brown, MD; Tiffany Hoh, DPM; Paul Carroll, DPM; and Alayna Blazakis, DNP. Endocrinologist Malek Cheikh will also appear on set to discuss the impact diabetes has on healing wounds.

Topics of discussion will include how to prevent non-healing wounds, approach to wound care and limb salvaging, multi-disciplinary care, Charcot foot treatment options, diabetic-related neuropathy, injuries, and hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

The Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, in partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, provides patients with superior quality, safety, satisfaction, and the best possible outcomes for non-healing wounds

Meet the panelists

D. Zachary Martin, MD: Dr. Martin is board-certified plastic surgeon for MedStar Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, practicing at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. He has served in executive roles at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital since 2006. Dr. Martin currently serves as the Medical Director of the Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center, Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Attending Plastic Surgeon at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Kevin A. Brown, MD: Dr. Brown is a board-certified vascular surgeon with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital MedStar and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown is a 13-year US Navy Veteran, having served as the Director of Surgical Services at the NATO Role 3 Combat Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He also served as department head of the main operating room onboard the USNS COMFORT during hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Tiffany Hoh, DPM: Dr. Hoh is a board-qualified podiatric surgeon practicing at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Hoh has received specialized training in diabetic limb salvage at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Center for Wound Healing. She treats many foot and ankle ailments, focusing on complex lower extremity wounds, diabetic limb salvage, and foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.

Paul Carroll, DPM: Dr. Carroll is a board-qualified and fellowship trained podiatric surgeon for MedStar Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, practicing at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he is the medical director of the Wound Healing Center. His clinical skill was recognized during residency with the 2015 Diabetic Limb Salvage Award. An active member of the community, Dr. Carroll serves as a medical volunteer at the Boston and New York City marathons. He is committed to supporting his patients’ podiatric health, one step at a time.

Alayna Blazakis, DNP: Dr. Blazakis is a nurse practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing practice, with MedStar Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine and Limb Salvage at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. She specializes in adult and gerontology primary care with certifications in wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Debra Schindler
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MedStar Health Names David Stein MD, Regional Chief of Surgery

BALTIMORE— MedStar Health has named colorectal surgeon, David Stein, MD, Regional Chief of Surgery for MedStar Health and Chairman of Surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

In the dual leadership role, Dr. Stein will oversee quality, safety and market leadership initiatives for MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, and lead a sweeping optimization plan for the new 82,000-square foot surgical pavilion now under construction at MedStar Franklin Square. Read more.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
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MedStar Health Gives Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy Patients New Hope for Life

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health Heart and Vascular Institute has launched a program at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan hospitals to diagnose, treat and research two life-threatening heart conditions that often go unrecognized, and is developing the program into a nationally-recognized center of excellence that has no peer in the region.  Read more.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
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MedStar Health to Stream Interactive Cancer Webcast on Facebook and YouTube

BALTIMORE—Cancer experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will discuss cancer prevention, detection and treatment options during a free interactive forum that will stream live from the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus to Facebook and YouTube, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Understanding Cancer: The Facts You Need to Know, features WMAR ABC News anchor Jamie Costello as the event’s host and moderator. Read more.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
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MedStar Health Opens New Vein Center in Baltimore

MedStar Health has opened a new Vein Center in Baltimore that will be led by vascular surgeon Margaret Arnold, MD, FACS, who will bring a strong clinical background in the treatment of vascular and venous diseases and will focus her practice on treating varicose veins. Read more.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

Partnership with Violence Reduction Program Expands to Two More Hospitals

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health’s partnership with the violence prevention program Safe Streets, that started at MedStar Harbor Hospital earlier this year, will expand to two other Baltimore hospitals with the help of a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation.

MedStar Harbor positioned one part-time and one full-time associate, known as hospital responders, in its emergency department to work with both victims and perpetrators of violence. The evidence-based program aims to prevent violence before it occurs by employing street smart community members who have a lived experience with violence.

With the PNC Foundation funding, the Safe Streets program will launch at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan hospitals later this month as part of the Woodbourne-McCabe site.

“Violence is a public health threat and at MedStar Health, we feel it is part of our mission to try and reduce it,” said Ryan Moran, director of community health for MedStar Health in Baltimore. “Our existing program at MedStar Harbor Hospital, launched earlier this year, is a key way for us to serve the community and we are glad to be able to help expand it at our other hospitals.”

The responder will deescalate and mediate disputes that could otherwise lead to violence and work to prevent retaliation. The responder will also serve as a positive role model and help connect victims and perpetrators with jobs, education and other resources to help them live better lives.

“PNC is committed to serving the people and communities where we live and work,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “The Violence Reduction Program is one of the ways we invest in communities to help families and individuals access the resources they need to become self-sufficient.”

 

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Health Hospitals are First in Maryland to Offer Fentanyl Test Kits

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health’s three Baltimore City hospitals are the first hospitals in the state to offer patients in the Emergency Department free test kits to detect the presence of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid fueling an epidemic of fatal drug overdoses. Read more.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Good Samaritan Opens $17.5 Million Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

BALTIMORE— MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s new $17.5 million Inpatient Rehabilitation Center opens its doors to patients Aug. 21st, welcoming them to an enhanced rehabilitation experience with the most innovative technology, compassionate caregivers, and a 50-year history of reputable, expert practices.

Beginning at 9 a.m on Aug. 21, more than 125 members of the rehab staff will begin moving patients into the 37 new private rooms and six semi-private rooms of the modernized center, encompassing 60,000 square feet – the entire 5th floor of the hospital. The inpatient facility can treat up to 49 patients.

“Our new state-of-the-art technology will complement our long-standing expertise in care, allowing patients to gain independence and return to the community,” said Kritis Dasgupta, MD, MBA, MSc, Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and Associate Medical Director for MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, Baltimore region. “We have provided high-quality inpatient rehabilitation care at MedStar Good Samaritan for more than 50 years. With the upgrade of our facility we are excited to offer a brand-new rehabilitation center that meets the increasingly complex needs of our patients.”

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, originally opened as a rehabilitation hospital. Since then, it has continued to treat patients recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other disorders with excellent, compassionate rehabilitation care. The new inpatient rehabilitation center offers the very latest in physical medicine and reinforces MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s reputation as a top inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

Patients will enjoy a more comfortable, private and welcoming stay due to the incorporation of advanced technologies and strategic architectural designs within the center such as:

  • B’more Independent Way Room: features a modified car for transfer training, grocery store, crosswalk sign, and house with ramps, doors, and a mailbox which will help patients transition from the hospital to the community.
  • Modern Activities of Daily Living Apartment: equipped with a washer/dryer, seating area, kitchen, and bedroom with bathroom where patients and families can practice daily tasks as they prepare to return home.
  • Training bathroom with adjustable sink for hair washing, tub to simulate getting in and out for bathing.
  • Therapy Gym featuring multiple devices to help patients regain mobility, including ZeroG™, a dynamic body weight support system track to assist patients with walking; Bioness, therapy devices for foot drop, thigh weakness and hand paralysis; Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), PENS, and FES bike which provides electric stimulation to muscles to improve tone and facilitate motor pathway re-education. The ZeroG has a 210-foot track, the longest in the mid-Atlantic.
  • All rooms have ceiling lifts, which allow for patients with limited mobility to be taken from bed safely. Three rooms have extended ceiling lifts, which allow patients to be taken from bed to bathroom.
  • Technology Room that features many low- and high-tech devices, such as iPads, Roomba vacuum, low vision devices, robotic utensils, and automatic medication dispensers.
  • Low-Stimulation Gym: enabling patients with brain impairment to have improved focus on therapy with reduced sound and light distractions.
  • A room for Nash the facility dog, who helps patients practice everyday activities such as taking on and off a shirt, improving upper body strength or movement through brushing, or walking him in the department.
  • A multipurpose area room which offers stunning views of Baltimore for patients participating in leisure activities during therapy. This area is also the location for rehab dining, an occupational and speech therapy driven lunch group for patients that benefit from assistance during meals.

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About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 201-bed community teaching facility, located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore. Since 1968, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has provided compassionate, high-quality care to the community. Recognized as a specialty center for rehabilitation, our services also include geriatrics, diabetes care, cancer care, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, vascular care, wellness, and wound healing with hyperbaric medicine and limb salvage. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.
Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

MedStar Good Samaritan Opens $17.5 Million Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
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MedStar Health Cancer Network Hosts Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon

Annual Event Honors Survivors, Loved Ones and Highlights Ongoing Challenges

About 600 cancer survivors, their caregivers and their loved ones will gather June 2 for the 5th annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon, an event hosted by the MedStar Health Cancer Network that highlights the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face and honors their journey in treatment. Read more.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]