Clinical Practice Areas

There are a variety of clinical practice areas at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and each area makes its own unique contribution at our healthcare facility:

Critical Care Specialties

Patient Care Managers
Princess Deal-Cook, RN, BSN
Robin VanDerVoort, RN, BSN

Our combined ICU/CCU was awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence from AACN in 2006 and 2007. As part of the MedStar Health system, our Critical Care units participate in the Surviving Sepsis National Campaign. The highly professional healthcare team consistently uses Project Impact to compare their quality standards and practice against national standards best practice.

Emergency Department

Patient Care Managers
Linda Carlson, RN, BSN - Director
Rae Fodel, RN, BSN - Manager

Providing Level II services, our busy Emergency Department manages approximately 60,000 patient visits per year. We have implemented a "Rapid Screening" component to triage and every patient is evaluated by a Registered Nurse on arrival. Our highly skilled healthcare team provides emergency care to adult and pediatric patients within our community.

Medical-Surgical Specialties

  • O'Neill 4

Patient Care Manager
Cathy Rossetti, RN, CMSRN

In our Medical-Surgical Unit, our nursing staff specializes in the treatment of patients with chronic renal failure, including Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis [CAPD]. In addition, because many of our patients have non-healing wounds, the unit offers specialized wound care, such as Vacuum Assisted [VAC] therapy to promote wound healing.

  • Medical Surgical/IMC [4 East]

Patient Care Manager
Ruth Bertuzzi, RN, MSN

This unit offers unique learning opportunities for new and experienced nurses. Nurses are able to gain medical surgical experience and then move up to the challenge of critical care, all on the same unit! 4East nurses provide care to patients with diverse and complex medical and surgical needs. We also serve as the hospital's acute stroke unit. This unit features teamwork and enjoys strong positive working relationships with physicians, therapists and others.

  • HCU - Heart Care Unit

Patient Care Manager
Rosine Castro, RN, BSN

Our Telemetry Unit is designed for patients who require continuous cardiac monitoring and more intensive or specialized nursing care on a continuous basis. Our unit offers a multidisciplinary approach to deliver quality and compassionate care to the cardiac patient population. Most of our nurses are ACLS certified and went through intensive critical care orientation classes enabling them to provide direct care and education to a diverse population of patients and families.

  • SSU - Short Stay Unit

Patient Care Managers
Amy Keegan, RN, BSN, CEN
Ceci Pukacz, RN, BSN

We are a fast paced unit, seeing a variety of diagnoses and always learning something new. We have a mix of telemetry and medical-surgical patients, and our goal is to have the evaluation and treatment plan accomplished in 24-48 hours. We have 24 beds with the capability of going to 32. We are a smaller unit with a close knit staff.

  • Adult Medical-Surgical and Oncology [5 East]

Patient Care Manager
Carol Hiteshew, RN, MSN

This dynamic and evolving nursing unit focuses on medical-surgical and adult oncology patients, pain management with terminal disease, and supportive care throughout the terminal illness process. We also treat patients requiring acute and chronic management of rheumatology diseases, hemodynamically stable neurology, cardiac and respiratory diseases, new onset diabetes and complex wound care.

Patient Care Manager

  • 5 West

5 West is our newest Medical-Surgical Unit. Our nursing staff specializes primarily in the treatment of medical patients with a broad range of health issues including renal failure, stroke, oncology, diabetes and many other chronic and acute diseases. In addition, our nurses care for surgical patients and are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

  • Surgery/Renal [O'Neill 4]

Patient Care Manager
Cathy Rossetti, RN, CMSRN

In addition to general medical and surgical patients, our nursing staff specializes in the care and treatment of patients with chronic renal failure including the provision of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis [CAPD]. In addition, the unit offers specialized wound care such as vacuum assisted [VAC] therapy. This nurse inspired, state of the art unit also boasts 32 beds and 18 private rooms with new equipment designed for improved patient safety and satisfaction as well as providing our nursing staff the opportunity to practice in an enhanced working environment. Our unit's shared governance councils include education, professional practice, performance improvement and professional development councils. We also have a unit-based coordinating and operations councils and self-scheduling.

  • Ortho/Surgery [O'Neill 3]

Patient Care Manager
Alan Pentz, RN, MSA

O'Neill 3 serves a variety of patients with orthopedic and medical-surgical needs. Patients receiving knee and hip replacements participate in Joint Experience, a comprehensive patient care program tailored to the needs of the joint replacement patient. A comprehensive spine program complements the Joint Experience program. The unit also provides care for shoulder replacement/shoulder surgery patients, foot and ankle replacement as well as general surgical, orthopaedic and medical patients. In addition, the unit supports and cares for surgical reconstructive burn patients seen at the hospital.

Rehabilitation Services

Patient Care Manager
Carol Zeller, RN, MSN, CRRN

Accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation our Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program "brings quality to the lives of the patients we serve." For more than 40 years we have helped patients with disabilities, disease processes and/or chronic conditions achieve this mission by maximizing their health and function. The nursing staff specializes in caring for medically multifaceted patients such as those who have had a stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, require ventilator support, and those with complex orthopedic conditions. The unit is also proud of having the greatest number of CRRNs in the mid Atlantic area.

Renal Dialysis

Patient Care Managers
Jun Frias, RN, BSN
Alfredo Sagisi, RN, MSN

The Dialysis area features 54 stations, an 8-station inpatient unit and a peritoneal dialysis unit, ranking this department as the largest hospital-based dialysis unit in Maryland. More than 30 percent of the staff is BONENT or ANNA certified. Our patients receive monthly education, and participate in unit-based team-building activities. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Dialysis also provides services to several nursing homes and acute dialysis centers: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

  • Inpatient Dialysis
  • Nursing Home Dialysis
  • Outpatient Dialysis

Cardiology Specialties

Patient Care Manager

Linda Hawes, RN, BSN

  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Diagnostic Cardiology Services- EKG/Echo
  • HCUlink

The EKG department focuses on treatment and education of all facets of cardiac disease management. Nurses participate in hospital-level and unit-level education councils The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is a state of the art diagnostic lab which features an interdisciplinary team approach to performing cardiac catheterizations, device implantations, electrophysiology studies and ablations.

Peri-Operative Services

Peri-operative services provides care for adult patients needing surgery in both general and specialty areas including: orthopedics, neurology, vascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, interventional vascular, IV therapy, podiatry and plastics. Our new peri-operative area is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Our surgical team is committed to caring for each patient as a whole person which encompasses their physiological, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs as they move through the peri-operative experience.

  • Pre-Admission Testing [PAT]

Patient Care Manager
Barbara Buchanan, RN, BSN, CNOR

Pre-Admission Testing nurses contact patients scheduled for surgical procedures. These nurses ensure that the documentation needed prior to surgery has been obtained and completed prior to the day of surgery to ensure the safest possible patient outcomes. These nurses work closely with physicians, anesthesia and physician's offices to obtain the documents needed prior to surgery. On the day of surgery patients arrive to the hospital with a chart already prepared which includes documentation of the procedure, the patient's medical and surgical history, list of medications, allergies and physical examination. The PAT nurses are able to reassure the patients and address questions the patient or family may have prior to surgery.

  • Ambulatory Surgical Unit [ASU]

Patient Care Manager
Barbara Buchanan, RN, BSN, CNOR

Each patient comes to the hospital with their own fears and concerns about the surgical procedure they will be experiencing. The compassionate nurses in the ASU greet patients and offer reassurance and comfort to preoperative patients. The Ambulatory Surgical nursing team prepare the patients physically for the OR and complete routine preoperative checks. The OR team meets the patient and their family prior to surgery in the ASU. After the patient has been transported to the surgical suite, the ASU nurses address the physical and emotional needs of the spouse, family and friends by explaining the length of the procedure and the recovery time.

The ASU functions as a Phase II recovery area for those patients returning home on the same day of surgery. These skilled nurses assess, treat and document the patient's recovery. The patient is monitored and cared for until the time that the patient is able to be discharged to home.

  • Operating Room [OR]

Patient Care Manager
Laurie Demers, RN, BSN

OR nurses are knowledgeable of the surgical procedures that are offered at MedStar Good Samaritan. The OR is operational 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The OR nurse adds, validates and verifies all patient information prior to surgery. These nurses ensure the safety and quality of care for each patient during the surgical procedure.

  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit [PACU]

Patient Care Manager
Barbara Buchanan, RN, BSN, CNOR

Perianesthesia nurses are specialized registered nurses who receive and care for a patient after surgery. The newly built PACU is a Phase I recovery area with 18 bays ready to receive patients. Each PACU nurse is highly skilled in physical assessment and hemodynamic monitoring. The multidisciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical PAs and the medical team work closely together to keep the patient safe, assess and manage postoperative pain and promote an environment of healing.

  • Endoscopy

Patient Care Manager
Barbara Buchanan, RN, BSN, CNOR

Gastroenterology [GI] nursing is a special clinical practice area where registered nurses provide care to patients with known or suspected gastrointestinal problems. This unit is comprised of a highly-trained team of nurses who are experienced in assessing, planning and recovering patients who are undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. The same nurses assist the gastroenterologist in performing each procedure.

IV Therapy Services

Patient Care Manager
Jo Mitchell, RN, BSN

The IV Therapy department is comprised of an all RN team that provides inpatient IV therapy, management of central lines including dressings, assessments, removal and de-clotting, and PICC line insertion and removal. A team of phlebotomists draws all in-house labs. The department boasts high quality teamwork and service excellence in performing skills that impact patient outcomes.

Our staff acts as a resource for members of non-nursing groups including infection control, product development and evaluation, pharmacy and therapeutics, risk management and laboratory.

Our nurses have access to the GSH nursing Clinical Ladder and participate in the shared governance councils. They also have access to the local chapters of the Infusion Nurses Society [INS] and the Association for Vascular Access [AVA] where they are able to participate in educational and networking opportunities.

Outpatient Specialties

  • Infusion Center

Nurses working in the Infusion Center are experienced in critical care and have ACLS training. These nurses are knowledgable in administering non-chemo biologic medications, antibiotic therapy, Felicit, and a multitude of other medications for a variety of diagnoses. Under the direction of Dr. Jaar, patients are closely monitored while receiving Intravenous medication. Nurses assist in administration and monitoring of patients receiving EECP treatments for angina patients, aquafiltration for heart failure patients and tilt table studies for syncopal patients. Nurses also assist with laser therapy, support community screening programs and work in the heart failure clinic.

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Pain Center
  • Wound Care Center

Other Specialties

  • Admission Nurses
  • Case Management
  • Employee Health
  • Human Resources
  • Infection Control
  • IV Therapy