Campus Update

Hospital officials opted to evacuate most patients today from the main building of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital when smoke from a laundry room fire traveled through building ventilation and into hallways.

The fire was quickly extinguished and within 45 minutes of the 3 p.m. safety evacuation, patients were returned to their floors. At no time were any patients in danger.

Baltimore City Fire Department officials informed us that the air is clean, and that there is no carbon monoxide in the air.

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Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Visits MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for Blessing of the Hospitals New Chapel Doors

holdinghands-featureBaltimore—(April 6, 2015)—Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will visit MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital on Wednesday, April 15 to lead in the blessing of the hospital’s new Chapel doors. One of only five remaining hospitals affiliated with the Archdiocese, the Chapel is fundamental to MedStar Good Samaritan’s Catholic identity and a staple in fulfilling the hospitals mission to provide spiritual support through all aspects of health care including wellness, illness, recovery, and end of life.

Bishop Madden will join Father Guy Kagere, director of Pastoral Care at MedStar Good Samaritan, and members of the MedStar Health leadership team, to consecrate the new doors in a ceremony set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Replacing the original wooden Chapel doors, built in 1968 when the hospital opened, the new doors are glass, modern, handicap accessible and can be locked in the event of an emergency.

Open daily for prayer, the Chapel at MedStar Good Samaritan offers a place of worship for patients, visitors and associates. Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Chapel, which can also be viewed live on the televisions available in each patient room. Morning and evening prayer are also broadcast daily throughout the hospital. In addition, the availability of sacraments is an essential aspect to fulfilling the spiritual needs of patients and their families. Holy Communion is offered daily, and the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are available upon request.

To learn more about pastoral care at MedStar Good Samaritan, click here.

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.

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Renal Dialysis Program at MedStar Good Samaritan Recognized for Dedication to Patient Safety, Awareness of Renal Disease

MGSH_logoBaltimore—(September 17, 2013)—The renal dialysis program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital was recently named a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Facility by the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition. As a measure of patient safety success, this recognition demonstrates MedStar Good Samaritan’s commitment to providing high-quality care, while promoting education and raising awareness of kidney health.

“We are committed to providing the highest standard of care and safety for our patients with chronic kidney disease,” said Luis Gimenez, MD, chief of Nephrology at MedStar Good Samaritan. “This designation validates why we are the center-of-choice for over 46,000 dialysis patients throughout the region each year.”

MedStar Good Samaritan earned 5-Diamond status by successfully completing five program modules, implementing the following key concepts used to enhance patient safety:

  • Patient safety principles: Identified the basic concepts of patient safety in a just culture environment and what proactive steps can be used to prevent errors.
  • Emergency preparedness: Increased facility staff’s and patients’ awareness and knowledge of emergency planning, response and recovery.
  • Hand hygiene: Increased awareness of the importance of hand hygiene for clinic staff and patients.
  • Sharps safety: Decreased the number of sticks within the dialysis unit by educating staff on needle stick prevention and protocol for sharps exposure.
  • Stenosis: Implemented a K-DOQI-recommended stenosis surveillance program in the dialysis unit that allows for a consistent and continuous evaluation process for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) and arteriovenous graft (AVG) access.

Click here to learn more about the renal dialysis program at MedStar Good Samaritan. To learn more about the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, click here.

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 the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program

In 2008, the ESRD Network of New England (Network 1) and the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5), serving as ESRD contractors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), launched the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program to help dialysis facilities increase awareness of, promote, and build a culture of patient safety. The program originally consisted of eight patient safety-oriented modules, which were piloted in these two Network areas.

Today, the program is being offered in 67% of all Network areas nationally and consists of 15 modules that include the tools and resources necessary to implement each patient safety concept. For each module successfully completed during a program year, the facility earns one Diamond. Upon successful completion of five modules, the facility is recognized as a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Facility.

About the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC)

The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (MARC) is a nonprofit corporation which serves as the federal contractor for the Network 5 region, which encompasses Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. There are over 300 hemodialysis facilities and 12 renal transplant centers in the area, providing treatment to more than 23,000 dialysis patients and over 9,000 transplant recipients (2010 Annual Report, ESRD Network 5).

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MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Receives High Performance Ratings by U.S. News & World Report

MGSH_logoBaltimore—(July 16, 2013)—MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has been named a top hospital in Maryland and in the Baltimore metro area by U.S. News & World Report, receiving high performance ratings in eight specialty areas including diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.

This year’s “Best Hospitals,” the 24th annual edition, ranks top hospitals in 16 different specialties from cancer to urology. Factors to measure performance include technology, hospital’s reputation among physicians, patient satisfaction and quality measures such as survival rates and nurse to patient ratio.

“It is a high honor to be recognized by U.S. News for the top level of quality care we provide to our patients,” said MedStar Good Samaritan President Jeffrey Matton. “Our team of dedicated physicians, nurses and associates are committed to achieving excellence in each and every one of our clinical areas.”

U.S. News created the “Best Hospitals” ranking system to identify the best medical centers for the most difficult patients—those whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty, or other medical issues that add risk.

MedStar Good Samaritan shares the top list with several MedStar Health sister hospitals. A total of eight MedStar facilities were ranked as top regional hospitals, including MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in the Baltimore region; and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar National Rehab Network and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the Washington, D.C., region. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital was ranked in both Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

Click here to view the complete list of rankings and methodology.

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 US News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, publisher of news and information, which includes www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com, as well as the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine. U.S. News publishes annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals.

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