MedStar Health’s Baltimore Hospitals to Offer Free Narcan Training

BALTIMORE—(June 6, 2018)—MedStar Health’s three Baltimore City hospitals will offer free trainings in August to teach community members, employees and others who want to learn how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, known as Narcan.

The free trainings, offered in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, will be held in August on the campuses of MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. Attendees learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, as well as deploy the life-saving treatment during such an emergent event.

Overdose deaths related to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids reached a record high in the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest available state data. In Baltimore, 523 people overdosed between January and September, 80 more than the year before.

MedStar Health’s hospitals are committed to fighting the opioid epidemic. The free trainings follow a successful effort to screen patients for substance abuse in the emergency rooms and primary care clinics of MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals – MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospital. If patients are determined to be at risk for substance abuse, they are referred to a peer recovery coach and connected with resources to help them. The program, called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program or SBIRT, has helped connect more than 3,600 patients to substance abuse treatment.

“Baltimore City is clearly the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, and we feel a responsibility as a community organization to join with the city health department to prepare people to recognize an overdose event and use the medication to reverse it appropriately,” said Ryan B. Moran, the director of community health for MedStar Health’s three city hospitals. “We’re all in this fight together. We all need to do what we can to change the trajectory of this crisis.”

Free trainings, open to the public:

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Hospital Address: 5601 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239
Conference Room / Building: Parker 4
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
Hospital Address: 201 E University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218
Conference Room / Building: UM Conference Center
Date: Monday, August 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MedStar Harbor Hospital
Hospital Address: 3001 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21225
Conference Room / Building: Baum Auditorium
Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To register, call 855-218-2435.

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 Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
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Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
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MedStar Health Rehabilitation Experts to Panel Live Webcast Discussion

BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 7, 2018)—A team of physical medicine and rehabilitation experts from MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital will engage in an interactive dialogue with an online audience during a Facebook Live webcast event, A Look Inside Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tues. March 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hosted by WMAR anchor Jamie Costello, the free event will stream from the inpatient rehabilitation gym on the second floor of the hospital.

The webcast will offer an opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art services provided by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Viewers can also learn about how patients are screened for the inpatient rehabilitation program.

“This webcast is an opportunity to showcase to the community our scope of expertise in physical medicine. There’s a rich history here in restoring mobility and function for patients of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, going back to its opening fifty years ago,” said Scott Lepre, MD, the hospital’s program chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the associate medical director of regional physiatry at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. “The advancements here are something everyone should learn about, whether it’s for themselves, their loved one or someone they care for.”

To watch the live webcast from your device and submit questions, visit MedStarHealth.org/Webcast.

About the panelists:

 

Scott Lepre, MD
Dr. Lepre is the chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and the associate medical director of Regional Physiatry at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. He specializes in caring for inpatients in the CIIRP (Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program) and performs inpatient hospital consultations and outpatient evaluations. His areas of expertise include cardiac rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and stroke rehabilitation.

 

Carol Zeller, MSN, RN, CRRN
Ms. Zeller has been a member of the Inpatient Rehabilitation nursing team at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for over 30 years.  She has been a certified rehabilitation registered nurse since 1992. In addition, she has a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a master of science in Nursing, with a concentration in Leadership, from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

 

Maggie Lister, PT
Ms. Lister has been a member of the Inpatient Rehabilitation team at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for 12 years. She specializes in patients with spinal cord injuries and has a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland.

 

Teresa Dolan, OT
Ms. Dolan is a senior occupational therapist who has been a member of the rehabilitation department at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for 20 years. Teresa has a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson Univiersity. In addition to her duties as a therapist, Teresa teaches CPR to staff. She is also certified in the A-One, a cognitive perceptual evaluation for neurological patients that is self-care based.

 

Stacey Wachter, SLP
Ms. Wachter has been a member of the Inpatient Rehabilitation team at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital since 2010. She specializes in neurogenic communication disorders.  She holds a master of science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Howard University and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Additionally, she is a Vital Stim certified therapist.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. 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 orthopedic 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.

Media Contacts

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


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

Thousands of Patients Referred to Substance Use Treatment at MedStar Hospitals

BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 5, 2018)—In the 18 months following MedStar Health’s launch of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program known as SBIRT,  more than 3,500 patients struggling with substance abuse have been referred to treatment.

The nationally recognized, evidence-based program rolled out in August 2016 in each of MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospitals.

As the nation struggles with the opioid epidemic and a spike in fentanyl-related overdoses, emergency departments are often on the front line in treating patients with addiction. These patients often return to the emergency department again and again, and without an interventional program like SBIRT, could see their addiction and overall health worsen.

Under the program, which is conducted in partnership with Mosaic Group, a Maryland healthcare consulting firm, all patients in the emergency department are screened for risky substance abuse behaviors. If the screening indicates a moderate or high risk, a peer recovery coach uses motivational interviewing techniques in an attempt to promote the patient’s own desire to change. The peer recovery coach then offers additional evaluation and referral services for high-risk patients.

Troy Robinson, a peer recovery coach at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, struggled with alcohol abuse and has had family members who have had substance use issues. The peer recovery coaches in the program must have been sober for at least three years and in a support program themselves.

Robinson said her personal experience has made it easier to relate to the patients and offer them the right support.

“It’s more than just ‘let me get you into a peer recovery place,’” Robinson said. “We go over plans, I meet with them. ‘Let’s help you become a better you.’ I really love what I do and it’s helping me grow as a person as well.”

Given its success in the Baltimore MedStar hospitals, the SBIRT program has expanded to other MedStar hospital emergency departments and primary care clinics across the MedStar system. 

The SBIRT program at MedStar is largely funded through grants awarded by Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore.

From August 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017:

SBIRT: MedStar (Adult patients 18+)

Number of SBIRT screens –243,141

Number of positive screens – 31,308

Number of brief interventions – 12,221

Number of referrals to treatment – 3,688

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.

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


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

New MedStar Health Program Helps Patients Navigate Community Services

BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 5, 2018)— A program launched by MedStar Health last year has connected some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents to hospital-based community health advocates (CHAs) who ensure they receive not only routine primary health care, but vital community services.

The program piloted at MedStar Health’s four Baltimore-area hospitals in July: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital. There are now 15 full-time community health advocates employed throughout the region, credited with helping hundreds of Baltimore residents find support and resources.

“Social determinants have a significant impact on health outcomes. The new front-line community health advocates for MedStar Health help address this for non-medical challenges which interfere with their overall health,” said Diana Quinn, regional director of community health for MedStar Health. “These associates are members of our communities. They live in the neighborhoods and are well suited to link at-risk patients to those that can help resolve the social need. They serve as the eyes and ears of the hospital and provide ongoing support for social unmet needs, once a patient is discharged.  During home visits, the CHAs make the care teams aware of the persistent and numerous social barriers that our patients face that interfere with their health or getting the care they need.”

“Integrated within each hospital’s care and case management teams, CHAs participate in patient huddles and post-discharge care planning.  The CHAs are seen as a critical part of providing comprehensive patient care, and treating the whole person as part of care delivery. Our community health advocates have been instrumental in making connections to community-based resources to assist with patients’ social needs such as housing, food access, and utility assistance. They also serve as a critical part of supporting patients’ utilization of appropriate health care services,” said Dr. Dawnavan Davis, assistant vice president of community health for MedStar Health. “Their contribution has been and will continue to be significant in addressing the social determinants of health for our patients.”

MedStar Health community health advocates have helped patients who have been threatened with turn-off notices keep their power on. They’ve helped patients receive para-mobility services and aid to retrofit homes with wheelchair ramps and grab bars to increase mobility and independence.

Patients are also connected with a primary care physician if they don’t have one and given information on how to reduce the costs of their prescriptions. In some cases, community health advocates have helped patients sign up for food stamps and connected primary caregiver family members with financial resources.

The Community Health Advocate Program is part of MedStar Health’s commitment to serve the needs of the community in a holistic way. The program is intended to keep patients out of the revolving door of hospital readmissions for chronic conditions and help them navigate a complex web of social services. Community health advocates are hired from the areas they serve, further boosting the connections between community and hospital.

Sherri Harper, a community health advocate at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, called the work a “dream job.” In one case, she was able to help a patient in her eighties have a StairGlide installed in her home and helped the patient obtain a grant toward her energy bills so her service would not be shut off.

“It’s hard for individuals to obtain information on their own because a lot of people are not computer literate,” Harper said. “I can do that for them and make sure we’re getting the right information and they’re being helped the way they need to be helped.”

Rebecca McGougan, a community health advocate at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, describes her job as “missionary work.” She said she had experience in advocating while caring for chronically sick family members. “I’m going to knock every door down until they get the help they need,” she said. “When people come in the hospital it’s not just about their health, it’s about the disparities they’re going through and they don’t know where to look for resources.”

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.

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


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

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Partners with Mercy High School to Give Students Hands-On Healthcare Experience

BALTIMORE, MD—(February 9, 2018)—MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and Mercy High School in Baltimore finalized a partnership Wednesday that will allow students to test drive a new career in medicine.

Students in the program, called the Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars Program in Partnership with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, will work with a mentor in a specialty they choose: aging science, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, or community/public health. They will receive hands-on training and learn skills including CPR, patient safety training and infection prevention.

“MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital believes in the importance in creating pathways for opportunities for people in our community,” said Ryan Moran, the director of community health for MedStar Health in Baltimore City. “We know that this begins at an early age, and it is vital to get young people interested in health careers. We are proud to partner with Mercy High School to offer exposure to a range of health care careers. We hope that many of them will not only take an interest in becoming health providers, but consider MedStar Good Samaritan as a place of employment one day.”

The program spans three academic years, plus one summer, and is open to freshmen and rising sophomores. In the first year, students are exposed to different disciplines, including aging science, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, and community/public health. They are also given skills training, including first responder training.

In the second year, students receive more skills training and are required to attend at least six of MedStar Good Samaritan’s professional development sessions focused on cutting-edge topics in health care. In the third year, students work with a mentor in their specialty area of focus, to construct an internship that they will complete that summer.

“We expect that our Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars will become future leaders in healthcare,” says Mary Beth Lennon, president of Mercy High School. “Our new partnership with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital allows us to respond to the strong demand for rigorous academic programs in the STEM fields. With four STEM programs offered in our state-of-the-art Dorothy Williams Bunting Science Center, Mercy High School stands as a leader in STEM education for girls in Maryland.”

Ten students will be selected for the inaugural cohort of the Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars Program. To qualify, students must have received top scores on their High School Placement Test, have earned excellent grades in mathematics and science subjects in middle school, and have written an essay on a medical or scientific advancement from the last 200 years. Mercy High School administrators have already begun reviewing applications.

The program’s name honors the first chair of Mercy’s science department, Sister Agnese Neumann, RSM, who went on a career as a nurse practitioner. She continues to be actively involved as a volunteer at Mercy.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

About Mercy High School

Located on a 26-acre campus, Mercy High School provides a rigorous Catholic, college-preparatory education to bright and promising girls from more than 64 zip codes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Mercy prepares girls to lead and to excel in a dynamic global society. Our highly individualized approach to a college-preparatory program challenges each Mercy Girl to become a young woman of intellect, faith, and service. Mercy is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS).

Media Contacts

Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
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Tess Veloso
Director of Communications, Mercy High School
410-433-8880, ext. 204
[email protected]

MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

2016 Practice Greenhealth SQBaltimore—(May 20, 2016)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2016 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2016 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by introducing a new waste separation and recycling program into its operating rooms. As a result, regulated waste generate in the operating rooms was reduced from 78 percent to only 10 percent. Following the lead of sister hospitals MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Franklin Square joined their partnership with The Arc Baltimore, sending electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In its first year, MedStar Franklin Square collected an estimated 5,947 pounds of electronics for The Arc.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan focused on the conservation of water and energy. By upgrading to a more efficient sterilizer, the hospital was able to cut the cycle time by more than half, using less overall electricity and reducing the water used per cycle from 111 gallons to 33 gallons. In addition, the hospital donated 6,656 pounds of electronics, including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers, scanners and WOW carts. Furthermore, MedStar Good Samaritan renovated its endoscopy area by including LED lights, sensor lighting, hands-free sinks, wireless monitors, energy efficient monitors, and removing nitrous oxide canisters.
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital focused on the reduction of Styrofoam use and decreased use of regulated medical waste bags. By eliminating Styrofoam coffee cups throughout the hospital, and replacing Styrofoam to-go containers in the cafeteria with a wrapping station, the hospital was able to achieve a 35% reduction in Styrofoam use. In 2015, MedStar Harbor reached its lowest amount of regulated medical waste yet, continuing to maintain the best-in-class rate achieved the previous year. The success is attributed to education and re-education on the proper disposal of waste to associates, particularly those who serve in the operating rooms and on the environmental services team.
  • MedStar Union Memorial continued their award-winning recycling partnerships, donating 9,089 pounds of electronics including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers and scanners. In addition, the hospital donated a total of 855 pounds of medical supplies to the Globus Relief and shoes for Project Sole. MedStar Union Memorial also focused efforts on greening its operating rooms, diverting 4,502 pounds of material from landfill or reduced medical waste processing. Due to its operating room reprocessing programs, MedStar Union Memorial saved $23,111 by purchasing back reprocessed items.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 19 in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

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.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

Media Contact

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
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MedStar Health Physicians Named 2015 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

Top_Doc_News_ImageBaltimore(October 28, 2015)—MedStar Health is proud to announce that 92 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2015 list, now on stands.

Each year, Baltimore magazine publishes the annual list of "Baltimore’s Top Doctors". The physicians honored with this title are chosen by their peers who respond to survey questions asking what physician would you send your own family member to. Nearly 10,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list, including an online poll of physicians to augment the mailed survey responses. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in each of the specialties.

 To learn more about these physicians, click here.

Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor

Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

Sarkis Aghazarian, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Christen Alevizatos, MD, Urology, MedStar Good Samaritan

Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

Michael Auerbach, MD, Hematology, MedStar Franklin Square

Raja Ayash, MD, Critical Care, Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

Marie Bellantoni, MD, Endocrinology/Diabetes Care , MedStar Franklin Square

Nathan Berger, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, MedStar Union Memorial

George Bittar, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Troy Brijbasi, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial

Issam Cheikh, MD, Diabetes/Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

David Coll, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan

Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Mark Diamond, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Michael Dvorkin, MD, Orthopaedics: General, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

Frank Ebert, MD, Orthopaedic Joint, MedStar Union Memorial

Ibrahim Elsamanoudi, MD, Pain Management, MedStar Union Memorial

Veronica Epstein, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Maen Farha, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-rectal, MedStar Franklin Square

Albert Steven Fleisher, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology: General, MedStar Franklin Square

Ziv Gamliel, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

Elias Ghandour, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Good Samaritan

David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

David Golden, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square

Vinay Gupta, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Daniel  Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Richard Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

James Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Peter Holt, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Good Samaritan

Barbara Howard, MD, Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square

Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Chuka Jenkins, MD, Maternal - Fetal Medicine, MedStar Harbor

Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial

Christopher Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Ramesh Khurana, MD, Neurology/Headache, MedStar Union Memorial

Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Steve Kulik, MD, Foot and Ankle Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan

Mesfin Lemma, MD, Orthopaedic Spine, MedStar Good Samaritan

Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial

Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

Momina Mastoor, MD, Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Les Matthews, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Union Memorial

Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Arthur  McTighe, MD, Pathology, MedStar Union Memorial

Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Oncology: General, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Union Memorial

Marc Mugmon, MD, Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Peter Mulaikel, MD, Anesthesiology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

John Nesbitt, MD, Hematology, MedStar Union Memorial

John O'Donnell, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Union Memorial

Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

Howard Popkin, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Harbor

Salim Rizk, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

Lisa Rubin, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Lew Schon, MD, Foot and Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Sudhir Sekhsari, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Union Memorial

Stephen Selinger, MD, Intesivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square

John Senatore, MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial

Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Elias Shaya, MD, General Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan

Alan Shikani, MD, Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Malignancies, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial

Samir Shureih, MD, Plastic Surgery/Reconstructive , MedStar Union Memorial

Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Peter Sloane, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

Samuel Smith, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, Gynecology and Women's Health, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

Gabriel Soudry, MD, Nuclear Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Nassif Soueid, MD, Plastic Surgery: Reconstrutive, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

Adrienne Suggs, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

Andrew Tucker, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

John Wang, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Laurel Yap, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Harbor

Christopher You, MD, Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

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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MedStar Health Prepares its Future with New System Model Integrated Campuses and Leadership to Unify Efficiency and Excellence

BALTIMORE—(July 1, 2015)—MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals are expanding their strategy to unify efficiency and excellence by sharing administrative and physician leadership, and integrating under the direction of a single president. With the transition underway, Bradley S. Chambers, president of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, will officially assume the dual role over both hospitals July 1st.

Jeffrey A. Matton, president of MedStar Good Samaritan since 2010, has moved into a senior leadership role overseeing a system-wide performance initiative.

“In the last few years it’s become increasingly clear that our best competitive advantage in the changing healthcare industry, is to unify the two hospitals,” Mr. Chambers explained. “The hospital campuses are three miles apart. The shared geography, community access, clinical excellence, operational efficiency, population health management- all put us in a position for better organizational readiness and a structure for the future.”

As the integration of campuses continues, each hospital will retain its own board of directors, its own medical staff and core community services, and MGSH will maintain its Catholic identity. Under one president, the new model will provide the structure needed to drive efficiencies further, identify additional integrated services and care delivery opportunities and respond to revenue strategies.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979). In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital  is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. 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.

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MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

PartnerForChangeSQ -Greenhealth graphicBaltimore—(May 15, 2015)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2015 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2014 include, but are not limited to, the following:

• MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by implementing new strategies hospital wide to increase the practice of more efficient and healthier cleaning. The use of green-certified cleaners; the adoption of green cleaning methods; and the use of new technology, including the Xenex robotic disinfection system; have helped to reduce waste, water and energy, improving air quality for the hospitals patients, visitors and associates.

• MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized regionally for its garden initiatives. The “Grow…for Good Garden” at MedStar Good Samaritan was named the third “Best Community Garden in Baltimore City” by Charm City Farm and Garden Tour. The hospital makes a strong effort to include not only associates, but also the community in its garden project. In 2014, a diversified group, including local students and senior citizens, joined the team to help operate the on-site garden, growing a rotating crop of plants and vegetables throughout the year. The hospital also partners with local organizations, including the food bank at Govens Community Center and Our Daily Bread, to donate fresh local produce to those in need in the community.

• MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,800,000 pounds annually.

• MedStar Union Memorial continues to increase sustainability awareness throughout its hospital by upgrading the initiatives that built its programs strong foundation. In addition to an array of engagement activities, a solid set of support services have driven a cultural change throughout the organization. Progressive programs in waste management, including the New2U office furniture and supply recycling program, has resulted in a reduce, reuse, reprocess and recycling rate of 32 percent, collectively. Additionally, the food services department has an 11-prong sustainability program and the environmental services department has adopted green certified cleaners and innovative sterilization technology.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of chemicals. The award recognizes MedStar Good Samaritan as a top facility in eliminating toxic chemicals by not only increasing its compliance with chemical regulations and guidelines, but by also going beyond those regulations to develop a framework for choosing safer chemicals whenever and wherever possible.

MedStar Harbor received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated one of the most hazardous chemicals—mercury—from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to prevent it from re-entering the facility.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 14 in Portland, OR.

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

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.

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

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MedStar Health Physicians Named 2014 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

BaltimoreMagSMBaltimore — (November 14, 2014) — MedStar Health is proud to announce that 85 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2014 list, now on stands.

Each year, Baltimore magazine publishes the annual list of "Baltimore’s Top Doctors". The physicians honored with this title are chosen by their peers who respond to survey questions asking what physician would you send your own family member to. Nearly 10,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list, including an online poll of physicians to augment the mailed survey responses. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in each of the specialties.

To learn more about these physicians, click here.

  • Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor
  • Albert Aboulafia, MD, Surgical Oncology – Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Orthopaedics – Pediatric, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Khalid Al-Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology & Interventional Radiology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Michael Auerbach, MD, Hematology/Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Cengiz Aygun, MD, Radiation Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Nathan Berger, MD, IVF, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Marie Bellantoni, MD, Endocrinology/Diabetes Care, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Troy Brijbasi, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Issam Cheikh, MD, Endocrinology/ Diabetes Care, MedStar Union Memorial
  • David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine/Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Lou Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Mark Diamond, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Michael Dvorkin, MD, Orthopaedics: General & Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Frank Ebert, MD, Joint Replacement Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Maen Farha, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • P. Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-Rectal, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Mike Fiocco, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology – General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Ziv Gamliel, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • David Golden, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Greg Guyton, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Matthew Hansen, MD, Pain Management, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Daniel Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Rick Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • Jim Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Barbara Howard, MD, Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Chris Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Art McTighe, MD, Pathology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Anis Merson , MD, Psychiatry: General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • William Mitcherling, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Stephen Noga, MD, Oncology: Lymphoma & Bone Marrow Trans., MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Atsuko Okabe, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Kevin Rossiter, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Lisa Rubin, MD, Gynecology and Women's Health & Minimally Invasive Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Lisa Savoie, MD, Colo-Rectal , MedStar Franklin Square
  • Lew Schon, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Mitchell Schwartz, MD, Intensivists/Critical Care & Pulmonary, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Kevin Schendel, MD, Internal Medicine- General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Stephen Selinger, MD, Intensivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • John Senatore, MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Richard Shapiro, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Elias Shaya, MD, Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • Martin Sheridan, MD, Pulmonary, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Samir Shureih, MD, Cosmetic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Manav Singla, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Peter Sloane, MD, Intensivists/ Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Samuel Smith, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF & Gynecology and Women's Health, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Gabriel Soudry, MD, Nuclear Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Nassif Soueid, MD, Breast Surgery, Plastic Surgery: Breast & Plastic Surgery: Body Contouring, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Adrienne Suggs, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Christopher You, MD, Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Neal Zimmerman, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (medstargoodsam.org) is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health (medstarhealth.org), 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 Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year. medstarhealth.org.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award) and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.

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