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 Uses iPad and Clever Alliance to Improve Geriatric Care

Baltimore—(December 7, 2017)—Along with a hot meal, fruit and milk, volunteers from the Maryland Chapter of Meals on Wheels are now visiting homebound patients, armed with an iPad. In a newly formed partnership with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, volunteers for the non-profit food delivery program use the tablet to transmit updates on recently discharged patients to the hospital’s Center for Successful Aging. The initiative has cut hospital readmissions for those patients to nearly half.

George Hennawi, MD

“The Meals on Wheels representatives make routine stops to visit confined people who have limited food supplies, but the same people frequently suffer from chronic medical conditions, especially diabetes. They often are at risk for social isolation and depression, and have functional limitations,” said George Hennawi, MD, director of the department of geriatrics at MedStar Good Samaritan. “Providing a holistic approach is key.”

Using a questionnaire developed by MedStar Health geriatric experts, the Meals on Wheels representative can input responses into the Ipad and transmit the data to the hospital, where clinicians can determine if the patient needs to be seen.

“Keeping our patients healthy and out of the hospital after they’ve been discharged is a top priority,” said Dr. Hennawi. “Meals on Wheels is a vital partner in that effort, and we hope to keep expanding our community partnerships in the future because we believe senior health is a group effort. The best way to care for older adults is understanding their environment and their community and tailoring the services based on those individualized needs.”

The Meals on Wheels partnership is part of a larger effort by the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to use technology to reach patients. The center has been reaching out to community centers and churches to build more partnerships to reach more discharged patients to keep them healthy and out of the hospital.

“At Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland we have seen first-hand how health literacy, poor nutrition, social isolation, and housing, concerns often attributed to poverty, can negatively impact health for our aging neighbors,” said Stephanie Archer-Smith, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. “We have also witnessed how quickly that trajectory can be altered when you combine good healthcare with proper nutrition, personal interaction, and shared communication. For a fraction of what it costs to hospitalize someone, we can provide services that will not only keep them out of the hospital but will improve their overall quality of life. We believe our seniors are worth the investment.”

The Center for Successful Aging and Meals on Wheels expect the program will lead to fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits, better nutrition, improved medication compliance and increased health literacy.

For more information on the Center for Successful Aging, call: 443-444-4100.

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.

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]

SBIRT Program off to Successful Start in Baltimore MedStar Hospitals

Baltimore, MD—(November 10, 2016)—MedStar Health was awarded the largest grant in its history by Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, to fund tools, training and resources for emergency room staff to screen for risky substance abuse behaviors, and motivate patients to enlist treatment.

Known as SBIRT, (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), the nationally recognized, evidenced based program was implemented in each of MedStar’s four Baltimore hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospitals, in partnership with Mosaic Group, a community recovery organization.

“Substance abuse is a significant public health issue nationally and in Baltimore,” said Dawnavan S. Davis, PhD, Assistant Vice President of Community Health for MedStar. “Over 300 people died in 2014 from drug and alcohol abuse in Baltimore City. It’s an epidemic that impacts everyone so we are excited by the early progress we are seeing in the SBIRT program. We know that many who come through our emergency rooms who are challenged by addiction, want desperately to change their lives. They just don’t know where to get the help.”

The program’s three-part process starts with a universal screening. All patients are assessed for risky substance abuse behavior using standardized tools. If the screening indicates a moderate or high risk, a brief intervention by a peer recovery coach ensues, utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on promoting an individual’s own desire to change. Finally, a peer recovery coach provides additional evaluation and referral services for patients deemed high risk.

 At least three peer recovery coaches are employed in each emergency room with a goal of increasing the number of patients referred to and admitted into programs for substance abuse treatment.

Since Oct. 1, more than 27,000 MedStar patients have been screened, with over 5,200 testing positive for SBIRT intervention.

“Efforts like this are critical to our behavioral health efforts to improve patient care,” said Dr. Elias Shaya, Regional Medical Director for Behavior Health MedStar North.

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
410-274-1260
[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
[email protected]

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.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
410-554-2496
[email protected]

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.

Media Contact

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

greenhealth-newsBaltimore—(June 25, 2014)—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 2014 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for health care 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 2013 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts with the implementation of the Xenex robotic disinfection system. Using pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light to clean all patient rooms, emergency rooms and surgical suites, the machine eliminates the use of chemical residue as a result of cleaning. In addition, the hospital has adopted several green cleaning methods including reusable microfiber mops. Using only 1/7th of the amount of chemicals and water absorbed by a normal mop, the reusable microfiber mops are estimated to save 65,640 gallons of water annually.
  • 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 has cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,700,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have teamed up, making a strong effort to include associates and the community in their sustainability agenda. Through a partnership with The Arc Baltimore, hospital associates segregated and sent electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities, employed by the organization. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In 2013, the hospitals collectively have sent nearly 13,808 pounds of material, including desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and scanners, to The Arc.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial 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 food. New this year, the “Circles of Excellence” acknowledges the highest scoring facilities in each category of the “Partner for Change” award. In addition to its efforts in food procurement, as well as food waste reduction and composting, MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized for its weekly produce stand and on-site associate and community garden.

MedStar Union Memorial received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on June 5 in Cleveland, OH.

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

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.

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.

Contact:

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Recognized for Commitment to Advancing Careers of Associates; Receives CareerSTAT 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion Award

MGSH_logoBaltimore—(May 28, 2014)—MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has received the CareerSTAT 2014 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion award in recognition of its commitment to advancing education and career development for its associates, an honor bestowed to only nine health care organizations in the United States.

Granted by CareerSTAT, a national collaboration of health care leaders, this designation pays tribute to health care employers that invest in the success of their frontline associates. Frontline, or entry-level jobs, consist of those requiring less than an associate degree. Investing in these associates through advancing education and career development has shown not only contribute to their professional success, but also to lower staff turnover and vacancy rates, reduce recruitment costs, and increase quality patient care within the health care organization.

CareerSTAT has recognized MedStar Good Samaritan for its coaching program, an initiative deemed to serve as a model for employers across the nation. Launched in October 2006 in partnership with the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the hospital teams associates up with one of two coaches from the Nursing Education and Staff Development department. The coaches, Joy Burke, MSN, CCRN, and JoJo Romero de Slavy, MSN, CRRN-BC, work with associates to identify long-term career goals and map out an individualized development plan.

The coaches play an important role in supporting the transition of the associate into new jobs, as well as helping the associate navigate continuing education and earn college credits. Additionally, math and reading assessment tests are provided to gauge areas of weakness, and strategies are incorporated to build attainable short-term educational goals.

“It is clear that the role of coach is very important for the success of all of our pipeline programs,” said Jeffrey A. Matton, President of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. “For entry-level staff, this is often the first time anyone has ever helped them create a career development plan. It is the first time many have considered attending college, getting a certificate, or entering a real career path. In return, we have employees who are committed to our hospital and our community.”

The hospital also offers several bridge programs to associates for advancement into higher education. Including reading, math and basic computer training, these courses are free to associates and provided with partial paid time benefits to participants. MedStar Good Samaritan provides transportation from the hospital to attend classes and also offers tutoring services.

As a result of the program, the hospital has supported nearly 200 frontline associates, including Jerome Price. Beginning his career working in laundry services in 2004, Price enrolled in certified nursing assistant training through MedStar Good Samaritan. After completing training, he was later hired to work as a CNA on the comprehensive inpatient and rehabilitation unit, and is currently enrolled in community college coursework to become a physical therapy assistant.

Since its inception, a total of 82 frontline associates have successfully completed a CNA/general nursing assistant program; 59 have completed a patient care technician program; and 40 have completed a bridge program.

“MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is highly deserving of this recognition,” said Jan Hunter, director of CareerSTAT. “Frontline employees can take advantage of several bridge programs, including reading, math and basic computer training; partial paid time benefits to program participants; transportation services from the hospital to attend classes; and access to a coach to help frontline employees successfully transition into new jobs. This level of support positions frontline employees in reaching their career goals.”

Criteria for the Frontline Healthcare Worker Champion award includes:

  • Making skill and career development accessible to workers through methods such as on-site training
  • Providing release time, or employee coaching; having programs of a significant scale
  • Tracking data on program outcomes, impact and/or return on investment
  • Demonstrating a commitment to sustaining the investment over time

Learn More

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 CareerSTAT

Launched in 2011, CareerSTAT is an employer-led national collaboration of health care leaders who promote employer investment in the skill and career development of frontline health care workers. An initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its implementation partner, Jobs for the Future, CareerSTAT is led by Director Jan Hunter, and guided by an executive committee comprised of national health care leaders. Generously funded through The Joyce Foundation, CareerSTAT is working to promote investment by healthcare employers in the skills and career development of their frontline workforce.

Media Contact

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]