We Want To Know Program

As part of our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate care, we’ve launched the We Want to Know program to encourage patients to share honest feedback about the care they receive at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. The program is a helpful tool patients can use to improve the overall patient experience. In addition, We Want to Know is a key component that helps us fulfill our mission of being a High Reliability Organization. To learn more about the program, visit the We Want To Know website.

If you’d like to share compliments, suggestions, concerns, or other feedback with us, click below to fill out a feedback form, and a representative will respond to your message as soon as possible.

 

Contact us at: 

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

PHONE: 844-900-WWTK (9985)
WEBSITE: WeWant2Know.org
EMAIL:  [email protected]


Movement Disorders Clinic

movement disorders clinic

The Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Clinic. Movement disorders impact many areas of function including walking, speaking, and performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing. Patients and families coming to the Center can expect a comprehensive evaluation which will address these varied challenges. 

The Center for Successful Aging has partnered with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to assemble a team of providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, atypical Parkinsonism, essential tremor, and other movement disorders. Our fellowship-trained neurologist and certified LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM therapists look forward to working with you.

Meet Our Team

  • Lynn Chouhfeh, MD, Neurologist: Dr. Chouhfeh received her medical degree from University of Aleppo (Aleppo, Syria). She completed Neurology residency at University of Buffalo and  movement disorders fellowship at the University of Maryland.
  • Anneliese H. Massey, MPT, Physical Therapist: Massey is certified in LSVT BIG & PWR and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
  • Jennifer McDivit, PT, Physical Therapist: McDivit is certified in LSVT BIG.
  • Charlene Foote OT/L, Occupational Therapist: Foote is certified in LSVT BIG and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
  • Kate Gerber, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist: Gerber is certified in LSVT LOUD, and completed ATTP (Allied Team Training for Parkinson’sTM) in March 2012.
  • Eileen Carden, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist: Carden is certified in LSVT LOUD.
  • Adrienne Kilby, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker: Kilby is a clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She helps older adults and their families to get the support they need to be safe, happy, and healthy. She takes a special interest in working with families to help them cope with the difficult task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. In addition, she runs a support group for caregivers or older adults.
  • Margi Lenz, LCSW, Social Worker: Lenz has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Ohio University. She has over 20 years of social work experience working in medical settings, including skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Having worked for MedStar Health for over 12 years, she is dedicated to helping seniors and their families and loved ones be part of the interdisciplinary team at the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan.

What Patients Can Expect

During your first visit you will meet with the Neurologist and the Social Worker. You will receive a comprehensive physical and cognitive examination and will have an opportunity to discuss the specific issues you may be dealing with related to your diagnosis. During a subsequent visit, you will meet with the physical, occupational, and speech therapists to assess your potential to benefit from therapy. The neurologist will review these findings with the team then meet with you to discuss your plan of care and recommendations.

The social workers at the Center for Successful Aging can assist you and your loved ones with identifying and connecting with supportive resources including transportation, in-home assistance, financial assistance, and support groups and counseling.

Treatment Options

LSVT BIGTM  is a research-based exercise approach that trains individuals to use bigger movements anywhere and at anytime throughout their daily life and leads to documented improvements including: better balance, faster walking with bigger steps, and increased trunk rotation. End result – increased participation and improved quality of life!

LSVT LOUDTM  is a research-based speech therapy approach that trains individuals to increase their loudness in a healthy way without straining their voice and leads to documented improvements including:  Increased vocal loudness, improved speech intelligibility, increased facial expression and improved confidence. End result – improved communication!

PWR® Parkinson  Wellness Recovery is a comprehensive program that combines the latest research on Parkinson’s Disease with rehabilitation, exercise, and wellness. Brain plasticity or neuroplasticity is a term used to describe your brain’s ability to learn new ways of doing things. PWR® allows you to make the most of your brain’s ability to change and repair. It can help you to regain the ability to participate in everyday activities you enjoy.

Call Us Today

To learn more about our services, call: 

443-444-4720

Location Information

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Bldg., Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

Medical Record Information

The Health Information Management department fulfills requests for the release of information related to your medical records. The Release of Information staff will be happy to assist you in obtaining your medical records upon receipt of a valid authorization. The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for a valid authorization to release information.

Please contact 443-444-3894 for more information about obtaining your medical records.

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Care for People with Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

care for people with cognitive impairment

At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, we have a team of dementia care and cognitive experts to assist you and your loved one through diagnosis, care planning, and symptom management. We include geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, and neurologists as well as nurse practitioners, social workers, and therapists who can assist with all forms of dementia at all stages.

Together, our Center for Successful Aging and Behavioral Health Services department has developed the Cognitive Wellness Program to assess, identify, and treat medical and cognitive function issues that occur in aging adults. Through this collaboration, we are able to provide comprehensive treatment and care for people with cognitive impairment. This includes Alzheimer's disease and complex forms of dementia, which cause the loss of cognitive function, affecting one's memory, judgment, processing, attention span, mood, and ability to complete basic daily functions.

Our Team Approach to Care

Our team is led by George Hennawi, MD, chief of Geriatrics and director of the Center for Successful Aging, and Elias Shaya, MD, DFAPA, regional medical director of Behavioral Health Services for MedStar Health. You can rest assured that your loved one is in good hands as our team has many years of experience caring for patients with dementia, memory loss, and other cognitive impairments. In addition, our team is well equipped to treat patients' unique needs in one convenient location.

Read this article from Destination: Good Health, to learn how the Cognitive Wellness Program has helped patients and their loved ones.

Patient Assessment and Conditions Treated

Prior to scheduling an appointment with our team, patients or their caregivers must complete and submit an application, which will then be reviewed by a physician. Then, the patient will receive a 90-minute initial consultation during which a specialist will review the patient's medical history, previous and current medications, and responses to past treatments. A psychiatrist will also conduct a clinical interview as well as cognitive testing, and a social worker will meet with the patient and their family to determine if social support services are needed.

We specialize in the assessment and treatment of neuro-psychiatric complications and disorders, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychosis
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wandering

In addition, we are uniquely suited to address intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder in older adults.

 

Based on the patient's past and current condition, as well as any prior diagnosis, the psychiatrist will determine the most effective treatment. He or she may recommend behavioral changes, such as increasing social interactions, implementing an exercise, or following a certain dietary regimen. After an assessment of current psychiatric medications is conducted, the psychiatrist will also determine whether there is a need to increase, decrease, or change the combination of medications. Additionally, the social worker will assess social needs and immediately begin to work with the patient and their family to address other needs.

Treatment and Care Options

  • Behavioral interventions
  • Coordination of care with other providers, when available
  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Recommendation for in-home assistance
  • Referral to physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a speech-language pathologist
  • Referral to psychotherapy
  • Support groups

Muscle and Memory Class

Developed by the Cognitive Wellness Program in partnership with the Good Health Center, this class is specifically for seniors with memory and cognitive challenges. A free, 30-minute seated exercise class for patients 65 and older, it includes a combination of simple upper and lower body movements as well as mental stimulation activities. For more information and to register, call 443-444-6463.

Call Us Today

Find a behavioral health specialist by calling:

443-444-MIND (6463)

Location Information

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Building, Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

Hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By appointment
443-444-6463

Meet Our Team

Learn More About Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

Online Memory Assessment

Test your memory with this free self-assessment of cognition and find out if you should see a geriatric specialist. Assessment used with permission of the author, S. Borson.
 

Philanthropy

Share Your Story

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Express Your Gratitude

Share your care experience or honor a MedStar Good Samaritan caregiver.

Partner with Us

Learn the various ways you can partner with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

 

Gratitude Matters

At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, we understand that gratitude is an important part of the patient experience. Studies show that expressing gratitude can lead to better mental health, improved healing, more restful sleep and overall positive emotions.

Our philanthropy team works with those who wish to express their gratitude. We are honored to partner with you to help find the best way to express your gratitude—whether that be through honoring a caregiver, sharing your story or making a philanthropic investment. MedStar Health is a mission-driven, non-profit organization committed to advancing health. Join with us to make a difference!

The Power of a Volunteer’s Impact

Rosie Read, volunteer, and Carolyn Ford, service line director, share their special relationship that was built at the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Read more stories >

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or call 443.444.4256.

Varicose Vein Treatments

Varicose vein treatments

Varicose veins are blue, enlarged and sometimes painful veins seen near the skin’s surface, often in the legs. Together with deeper veins, these superficial veins (veins near the surface of the skin) help blood flow throughout the body. Blood normally moves from the superficial to the deep veins using a series of valves to keep the blood flowing in one direction. However, when the valves become weak, the blood flow reverses, moving back to the superficial veins. Over time, as pressure on the superficial veins increases, they fill up with blood, resulting in varicose veins. Equipped with the latest technology, the vascular care team at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital perform use minimally invasive techniques and offer the greatest level of comfort to treatment and prevent varicose veins.

Common Risk Factors and Symptoms

You could be at risk of developing varicose veins due to several factors, including age, family history and gender — they generally run in the family and occur more often in women. The risk also increases for those who are overweight, pregnant or stand or sit for long periods of time.

In addition to being aware common risk factors, it’s important to know the warning signs of varicose veins. If you have any of the following symptoms, consult your medical provider to find out if you have developed varicose veins:

  • Blue or dark purple veins
  • Burning or swelling in the lower legs
  • Changes in color of the veins
  • Hardening of the veins
  • Heaviness or pain in the legs
  • Intense pain after standing or sitting for extended period of time
  • Itching or irritation around one or more of the veins

Options for Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can cause pain in the legs, making them achy, itchy, heavy, swollen. The legs also may cramp and tire easily or even develop sores. If untreated, varicose veins can result in chronic swelling and leg ulcers. Our vascular surgeons can help relieve leg pain and reduce varicose veins through various surgical procedures. They also may remove venous malformations, which are tumor-like, unsightly and large enough to put one’s health at risk. Two common treatment options include:

  • Endoluminal vein surgery: A minimally invasive procedure in which the vascular surgeon inserts a needle into the affected vein and closes the weak area using high frequency doses of light.
  • Mini-incisional varicectomy:  A procedure in which all the prominent varicosities are removed through several tiny (2.0-mm) incisions. It is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation on an outpatient basis. Patients can usually resume normal activities within 3-6 days depending on the extent of their varicose vein problem.

Learn about more treatment options provided by the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute.

Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

Thankfully, there are ways to relieve the pressure and pain of varicose veins or to prevent them from forming altogether. If you suffer from varicose veins, try the following tips:

  • Avoid high heels and clothes that are tight around the waist and hips.
  • Change positions often when standing or sitting.
  • Exercise regularly. Walking is especially good.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Keep legs propped up while sitting and don't cross your legs.
  • Sleep with the foot of the bed elevated, with your feet higher than your head.
  • Stretch your calves by going up on your toes.

Call Us Today

To find a diabetes specialist:

443-444-4100

Location Information

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Smyth Building, Suite 303
Baltimore, MD 21239

Vascular Care Specialists

Type 2 Diabetes Treatments

Type 2 Diabetes Treatments

Type 2 diabetes treatments

In patients affected by type 2 diabetes, their glucose or blood sugar is too high because either the body is not able to produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin that is produced. Cells in the body use glucose for energy, and the hormone insulin draws the glucose from the blood into the cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, our diabetes care team provides patients with the proper education and essential type 2 diabetes treatments they need to live healthy, enjoyable lives.

The Connection Between Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes

In most cases, individuals experience pre-diabetes before developing type 2 diabetes. The blood glucose levels are higher than normal but still not high enough to be classified as diabetes. It is possible that long-term damage, especially to the heart and circulatory system, can occur during pre-diabetes. With early detection and a healthy lifestyle, you can keep your blood glucose levels under control and delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about the different forms of diabetes.

Common Risk Factors and Symptoms

Some diabetes risk factors can be controlled, such as excess body weight, diet, activity level, and high blood pressure. On the other hand, risk factors that cannot be controlled include: age, gender, race and family history. Check out a full list of risk factors.

Early symptoms of diabetes can vary, depending on if you have low or high blood sugar. They may include the following:

Low Blood Sugar

High Blood Sugar

 Anxiousness/dizziness  Blurred vision
 Fast heartbeat  Drowsiness
 Headache  Dry skin
Impaired vision Extreme thirst
Irritability Frequent urination
Shaking Hunger
Sweating  
Weakness/fatigue  

If you experience any or a combination of these symptoms, consult with your primary care physician.

Type 2 Diabetes Treatments and Self-Management

With the help of our diabetes care team, you can live well with diabetes. By maintaining open communication with us and your primary care physician, you will be fully equipped to manage your diabetes and prevent further complications.

Before visiting one of our diabetes experts, it is important to gather any records of your blood glucose readings and your blood glucose monitor and bring them with you to your appointment. The doctor will help you understand the readings and answer questions you may have about high or low results. In addition, be sure to make a list symptoms or concerns you want to discuss with the doctor, and ask the following questions:

  • How often should I check my blood glucose?
  • What is my target range for blood glucose readings, blood pressure and cholesterol?
  • Should I make any adjustments to my lifestyle (food, exercise, medications) to improve my blood glucose control?

During your visit with us, pay attention to your blood pressure as well—if it is high, you have an increased risk of suffering from stroke, heart attack, eye problems, and kidney disease. Speak with your doctor about setting up a self-care plan to help lower your blood pressure if it is high. Another part of treating and managing your diabetes is preventing complications by getting proper exams, vaccinations and tests. It is important that you schedule the following at least once a year:

  • A cholesterol blood test
  • A microalbumin test, which measures kidney function
  • An eye exam performed by an eye doctor
  • A flu shot

Learn more about managing diabetes by joining our Diabetes Education program.

Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

If you already have diabetes, it is essential to do daily blood sugar tests and make sure it is within your target range so you can prevent heart disease and stay healthy. If your doctor has instructed you to take any medication, make sure to do so. We also recommend that you do the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Follow a diet low in fat, salt, and sugar and high in fiber.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. Aerobic activities are good for your heart and help your body work to lower your blood sugar.
  • Listen to your doctor about other health problems, such as high blood pressure.
  • Try to reduce stress in your life.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. No more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Regularly test your blood glucose, especially if you are older than 45.

Call Us Today

To find a diabetes specialist:

443-444-4100

Location Information

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

Offices:

Diabetes Specialists

Patient Story

Watch the video below to see how our diabetes care team helped Dana get his diabetes under control.

Diabetes Education

Find out more about our diabetes self-management education program.

Diabetes Daily Diary

To help you manage your diet, insulin levels and daily progress, download and print our Diabetes Daily Diary.

Meet the Philanthropy Team

Our philanthropy staff is available to answer your questions, provide further information or arrange a meeting to discuss how you can support MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Feel free to call or email us with any questions or comments!

Kristi Rasmussen

Kristi Rasmussen, CFRE 
Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy 
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and 
Research at MedStar Health 

443-444-4256 office
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Our Mailing Address

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Office of Philanthropy
Russell Morgan Building, Suite 200
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

News from Around MedStar Health

CANCER: Knowing Your ABCDEs Can Help You Catch Melanoma Early

Checking your skin from head to toe each month can help you spot changes that could be symptoms of skin cancer. When looking for signs of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, it helps to know your ABCDEs. Here’s what you should check for:

  • Asymmetrical shape: Check for moles where the shape or appearance of one half doesn’t match the other.
  • Border irregularity: The borders of non-cancerous moles are usually smooth and even. Moles affected by melanoma have irregular borders that are ragged, notched or uneven.
  • Color: Non-cancerous moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan. Check for moles that contain more than one color or have an uneven distribution of color within the mole. Melanomas can also be red, blue or white.
  • Diameter: In melanoma, moles are usually one-quarter inch or larger in diameter. That’s about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolution: Be on the lookout for changes in the size, shape or color of any moles. Other signs to watch for include moles that bleed, itch, become tender, or crust over.

Most skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. If you discover any of the changes listed above, see a dermatologist right away. When detected early, malignant melanoma is highly treatable. To lower your risk of all types of skin cancer, use sunscreen yearround, wear a wide-brimmed hat, limit exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., don’t use tanning beds or sun lamps, and protect your eyes with sunglasses.

Call 877-715-HOPE (4673) for more information or assistance with making an appointment.

Learn More about Cancer Care

 Click below to learn more about the cancer care services provided by the MedStar Health Cancer Network.

HEART: Clinical Trial Gives More Patients Access to Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement

John Chung-Yee Wang, MD
John Chung-Yee Wang, MD

Usually, when you need aortic valve replacement due to aortic stenosis, you undergo open-heart surgery. But, for people who are too ill or weak for openheart surgery, a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been available for several years. In TAVR, a very small catheter is inserted into the femoral artery. The physician then positions the new heart valve, which is mounted on a stent, into the location of the damaged valve. Once the stent that contains the new heart valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve out of the way and the new one starts working immediately, restoring normal blood flow to the body.

Now, through a clinical trial at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, lower-risk, healthier patients have an opportunity to undergo TAVR. MedStar Union Memorial is one of a select few hospitals in the Baltimore metropolitan region participating in this trial, which is being conducted at 80 centers around the world. “There are many benefits to TAVR, including a much quicker recovery and no need for major open-heart surgery,” explains John Chung-Yee Wang, MD, chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial and scientific director for MedStar Baltimore Cardiovascular Research. “For this trial, there is no upper or lower age limit to participate.”

To see if you may be a candidate for the trial, contact Judith Raqueno, at 443-278-9170, ext. 1. Learn more about the clinical trials conducted by the MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network (MCRN).

Learn More about Heart Care

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ORTHOPAEDICS: You Don’t Have to Be an Athlete to Benefit From Sports Medicine

Just because you’ve never run a marathon or scored a touchdown doesn’t mean you don’t need a sports medicine specialist. If you’ve got a problem with your muscles, ligaments, joints, or tendons, a physician who’s fellowship-trained in sports medicine can evaluate your condition, diagnose your problem and provide treatment, from physical therapy and medications to surgical repairs.

Sports medicine physicians treat patients of all ages and activity levels and can provide care for a wide range of problems, including injuries and pain in your:

  • Ankle
  • Back
  • Elbow
  • Foot
  • Hand and wrist
  • Hip
  • Knee 
  • Shoulder

“We treat people of all ages, from those who’ve been injured while participating in a sport to those who are experiencing pain caused by wear and tear,” explains Derek Papp, MD, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and director of Sports Medicine at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. “Our interdisciplinary team of sports medicine specialists includes experienced physicians, nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Sports medicine fellowship training gave me invaluable experience that I use every day to help my patients. We offer the latest treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical treatment, so our patients can get back to doing what they love.”

To make an appointment, please call 877-34-ORTHO (877-346-7846).

This article appeared in the summer 2016 issue of Good Health. Read more articles from this issue.

Learn More about Orthopaedics

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Safety, Comfort, Teamwork Helps with Successful Aging

Center’s New Space Optimizes Care for Older Adults and their Caregivers

George Hennawi, MD and nurse practitioner Pam Mahoney speak with Esther Headley and her daughter Denise Noll.
George Hennawi, MD and nurse practitioner Pam Mahoney (standing) speak with Esther Headley (far right) and her daughter Denise Noll.

Taking care of an aging parent or other loved one gets more challenging over the years, as 66-year-old Denise Noll is finding out. As an only child, the responsibilities of caring for her 91-year-old mother, Esther Headley, have fallen solely on her shoulders. Fortunately, in addition to having a wonderfully supportive group of friends and a caregiver who comes to the home while she’s at work, Noll also can lean on the compassion and expertise of staff at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s Center for Successful Aging. Led by George Hennawi, MD, chief, Geriatrics, Pam Mahoney, RN, nurse practitioner, and other members of the team offer the kind of medical and emotional support that can be hard to find.

“I started seeing Dr. Hennawi last May after I felt that my mother’s internist wasn’t providing as much time or attention as she needed as she aged. To me, Dr. Hennawi walks on water. He’s such a wonderful person and physician. He and Pam provided a thorough assessment and then worked closely with Mom’s caregiver and me," recalls Noll. But then Headley had a bad fall last Thanksgiving. After a stay in an acute care hospital, she recuperated in MedStar Good Samaritan’s subacute unit for three weeks. Throughout that time, the Center’s team provided their care and support. “They emphasize that they’re here for us,” exclaims Noll. “They invite us to call them rather than taking her to an urgent care center. Physicians often talk just to the son or daughter, and ignore the patient, or they talk just to the patient. At the Center, however, it’s always a discussion involving both of us. They look at the person as a whole and ask what could be done differently.”

A Space Tailored for Older Adults

To accommodate the growing demand for its services, the Center for Successful Aging moved to a larger, new space in the Russell Morgan Building in early March 2016. Dr. Hennawi notes, “Wider doors accommodate wheelchairs, floors are not shiny or slippery, and handrails are everywhere. The new space was made possible thanks to the significant generosity of the Arthur E. Landers and Hilda C. Landers Charitable Trust. Their support was instrumental in bringing Dr. Hennawi’s vision to life. “We are so grateful to the Landers Trust for their philanthropic support, which has afforded us the opportunity to carefully design every aspect of the Center to meet the needs of older patients,” says Dr. Hennawi.

George Hennawi, MD
George Hennawi, MD

A bright, welcoming entrance also offers cool colors with a modern design, and chairs with arms to help patients sit and stand safely. Dr. Hennawi remarks, “In the large exam rooms, which comfortably accommodate family members, the exam tables can be lowered and raised so that patients with physical limitations don’t have to worry about falling. We always make sure that the patient and provider are face to face.” In the comfortable consult room—designed to feel like a living room—patients and families can meet with social workers and staff in a relaxing setting to discuss psychosocial issues. They can also develop Life Plans, which are treatment plans that evolve with the patient’s changing needs. This care continues wherever the patient may be, including home, hospital and long-term care facilities.

Dr. Hennawi explains, “So that the team can work together efficiently, we created pods where the doctor, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, and social worker can communicate.” An on-site lab provides convenience for patients who need blood work and urinalysis—all in the same location. “The lovely new space also features a caregiver and community resource room, generously supported by the France-Merrick Foundation, that helps people use technology to support safety and independence, and offers a space where the public can learn about aging.” Noll adds, “The Center’s holistic team approach has been a godsend.”

This article appeared in the summer 2016 issue of Good Health. Read more articles from this issue.

Location Information

The Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Building, Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
443-444-4720

Geriatric Specialists

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