MedStar Franklin Square Is First in State to Treat Emphysema with FDA-Approved Valve

New Lung Valve Helps Qualified Patients Breathe Easier Without Surgery

BALTIMORE—(June 21, 2019)—The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center successfully implanted a new FDA-approved lung valve in a patient with severe emphysema Tuesday, becoming the first medical facility in Maryland to perform an endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), to ease breathing.

Known as the Zephyr valve, the breakthrough medical device was positioned into the lungs of a 69-year old Baltimore man using a bronchoscope, under anesthesia but without surgery. The patient recovered well and went home two days after.

“There is no cure for emphysema, but with an ELVR, patients can improve the quality of their lives, able to breathe easier and more comfortably,” said Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, board certified in interventional pulmonology. “We are excited to offer it to our patients, and hope that we can make a difference in the lives of many more with this condition.”

Dr. Sarkar is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus to determine if the medical device is right for them.

More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

“Before, our only option for treating patients with this type of advanced lung disease was medical management and invasive surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “This revolutionary minimally invasive alternative is a major advance and will make a difference in the lives of many people who have been suffering with emphysema.”

Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling: 443-777-2467.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

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

MedStar Health Cancer Network Hosts Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon

 Annual Event Honors Survivors, Loved Ones and Highlights Ongoing Challenges


BALTIMORE—
About 600 cancer survivors, their caregivers and their loved ones will gather June 2 for the 5th annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon, an event hosted by the MedStar Health Cancer Network that highlights the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face and honors their journey in treatment.

The event will be held at Boumi Shriners in Baltimore. It includes a seated meal, music and door prizes.

“Looking into the future after a cancer diagnosis can seem scary and uncertain,” said Albert Aboulafia, MD, Director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “With the help of loved ones and skilled medical staff, cancer survivors can find hope, support and joy. We are proud to host this event for another year and honor the resilience of our cancer survivors.”

MedStar Health Cancer Network’s event is held in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day®, which celebrates those who have survived cancer, rallies support from families and friends, inspires those who were recently diagnosed and reaches out to the community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a family member or friend to recognize those who have supported them along the way.

Transportation services to the luncheon is available from MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor hospitals.

Click here to view a video from the Cancer Survivors' Luncheon in 2018.

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was designated a Featured Breast Center of Excellence by The Women’s Choice Award. The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—these national endorsements further validate the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as targeted infusion therapies including immunotherapy, CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer physical therapy.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

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

MedStar Health Cancer Network to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Screenings and Education at Three Locations in Honor of Skin Cancer Prevention Month

BALTIMORE—In honor of Skin Cancer Prevention Month in May, MedStar Health Cancer Network is offering free adult skin cancer screenings and education at three locations in the Baltimore area.

The screenings and education will be offered on May 30 at MedStar Harbor Hospital in south Baltimore, on June 5 and June 12 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in eastern Baltimore County, and on June 26 in Harford County at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

A oncology-certified nurse or nurse practitioner will conduct an exam to look for any suspicious lesions and, if any are found, refer the person to a dermatologist for follow up and diagnosis. The nurses will also educate participants on sunscreen use and sun avoidance.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. One in five Americans will develop the disease by age 70, and The American Cancer society estimates that the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2019 will rise.

Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, is often caused by excessive sun exposure. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

Skin screenings can help detect cancer in its earliest stages, when there is less chance that it has spread to other parts of the body, and there is a better chance of being cured.

Registration is required. Slots are limited. Call 443-777-7603 to register.

 

BALTIMORE CITY
MedStar Harbor Hospital
Harbor Primary Care Center
Thursday, May 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
3001 South Hanover St
Outpatient Center, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21225

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY
MedStar Franklin Square
Weinberg Cancer Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.
9103 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21237

HARFORD COUNTY
MedStar Health Bel Air
Medical Campus Cancer Center
Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m. to noon
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, targeted therapies, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer rehab.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

The Breast Center Honored by Women’s Choice Award

Center Only One in Maryland to Receive the Top Honor


BALTIMORE—
The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has received America's Best Breast Centers' Women's Choice Award, for a fourth consecutive year, and tops the list of breast centers in the state of Maryland. The recognition is the country's only award bestowed on breast centers based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Breast Center was one of less than two dozen centers in the country to be designated a Featured Breast Center of Excellence and was the only one selected in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Virginia. Eleven others in Maryland were also honored for meeting high standards but were not designated Featured Breast Centers of Excellence.

“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is looking for compassionate care that considers her unique disease and tailors a treatment plan just for her,” said Dr. Kristen Fernandez, director of the center. “We are so thrilled that The Women’s Choice Award has yet again recognized our staff and their hard work to create the best outcomes for patients who are going through one of the biggest fights of their lives.”

The Women’s Choice Award sifts through accreditations and federal government patient recommendation rankings to determine which are the highest quality breast centers in the nation. America’s Best Breast Centers award winners must meet National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers standards from the American College of Surgeons or be designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence (Comprehensive) by the National Consortium of Breast Centers; they must carry the seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence; and they must receive a rating in the top 75% for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ patient recommendation measures, or their equivalent in the case of breast centers without hospital affiliation.

The surgeons at The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center treat the disease by drafting a personalized treatment plan for to the patient’s unique needs. It offers targeted therapies or biologics, advanced clinical trials, tumor molecular profiling, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). All the breast surgeons have been designated “Top Doctors” by Baltimore magazine.

Click here for more information about The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

MedStar Franklin Square to Offer New Treatment Option for Qualified Emphysema Patients

Revolutionary Lung Valve is First FDA-Approved Breathing Aid Without Major Surgery

BALTIMORE— The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema to breathe easier.

Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, FACP, DAABIP, board certified in interventional pulmonology, is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus, to see if  the breakthrough medical device is right for them. “There is no surgery involved,” he said. “Using a bronchoscope, we place valves, into a lobe of the lung under anesthesia.” 

More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

“This approach represents a major advancement in treating patients who have been living very compromised lives, most for a long time, and we’re doing it without surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “There’s no cure for emphysema and once medical therapy has achieved maximum medical benefit, the remaining current treatment options have been invasive lung surgery. This is revolutionary alternative to achieve lung volume reduction using a minimally invasive approach. It’s life changing, and I’m very excited that here at the Angelos Center, we can offer it to the patients who qualify.”

Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling:  443-777-2467.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

MedStar Franklin Square Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Groundbreaking

New Surgical Pavilion Construction to Begin in January

 
BALTIMORE—(Dec. 3, 2018)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center broke ground Dec. 3 on a new $70 million, two-story surgical pavilion, to expand its 13 operating rooms and a hybrid room, equipped for both catheterization and surgical procedures. The new design and expansion will optimize the delivery of patient care, and open space to the latest in technology, equipment, surgical teams and future services.

Construction for the 80,000 square feet of clinical space will begin on the former site of the Baltimore County Eastern Family Resource Center in January. Substantial completion is expected by June 2020 and occupancy by September 2020. The surgical pavilion will connect to the back of the existing hospital at the ground and first levels. Approximately 1,000 feet of internal finish upgrades shall also be made, where the surgical pavilion will connect to the hospital’s inpatient unit. This connection between the two buildings will provide direct inpatient access from the operating rooms and the post anesthesia care unit, (PACU).

“This new surgical pavilion is a giant leap forward in the growth of MedStar Franklin Square,” said President of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health, Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE. “As we approach our 50th anniversary of providing healthcare to the communities we serve, we are energized.  Our outreach has become more extensive. Our medical care is outstanding. We’ve come a long way since we opened in 1969, and we’re so proud of the strides we’ve made toward providing quality care and a better, safer patient experience. These new operating rooms underscore our commitment to patients. Not only does the expanded space allow for the latest technologies, the new layout and design changes will make moving between the operating rooms, the PACU and the patients’ hospital rooms, convenient and easy to find for family members.”

“We make investments as a system and the entirety of MedStar Health believes that what MedStar Franklin Square is doing deserved a level of investment to support eastern Baltimore County, Harford County and all the people in these communities,” said MedStar Health President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet. “What all of us are a part of is creating a legacy that decades from now, we’ll all be proud of.”

The new surgical pavilion and adjoining areas feature:

  • 13 flexible and adaptive operating rooms for general surgery and robotics
  • A hybrid operating room with bi-plane imaging equipment
  • 28 fully enclosed private prep and recovery rooms for patient privacy and human-centered care
  • 24 post-anesthesia bays with bay-to-bay separation
  • Centralized sterile core for efficiency of supplies
  • Ancillary support spaces for staff and clinicians
  • Public concourse and waiting areas for families
  • Connector link to the ground, first and second floor of the patient tower
  • Total expansion of 85,000 over three floors to serve the patients, staff and community

 As one of the nation’s top 25 community teaching hospitals, with a large surgical residency program, MedStar Franklin Square offers leading technology in minimally invasive surgery, including the daVinci robotic surgical system, cancer services, Cyberknife,  diagnostic imaging and radiology, obstetrics and neonatology,  women’s services and orthopaedics and joint replacement.

The hospital’s existing operating rooms will remain in use during construction. The operating rooms are currently split into two areas of the hospital. The new facility will combine the rooms and staff in one area and include a waiting room, pre-operative services, post-operative services and pre-admission testing for patients having surgery in the future.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

MedStar Franklin Square Breast Cancer Patients Receive Gifts from Ravens Player

Cornerback Brandon Carr Distributes HOPE Kits & Wigs

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr lifted the spirits of women receiving breast cancer treatment at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center today, with a special visit that included fellowship, the distribution of HOPE Kits, and the presentation of custom-designed, natural hair wigs for three women.

Carr’s mother, Kathy Carr, died of breast cancer at the age of 59 in 2014 following a long battle with the disease. Carr spent a lot of time with each patient after speaking about losing his mother, whom he said was everything to him.

“She was my rock, and it took me some time to get here to this point where I could stand here in front of you and talk about her without getting the floor all wet from crying,” Carr said at the event.

The kits come from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s HOPE Kit program. The kits are filled with items to comfort and encourage patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, including fuzzy socks, tea, lotion and educational resources.

A hair restoration expert joined Carr for the special visit and brought along the custom wig and fitted one of the patients. She then styled her hair. Susan, the patient, was laughing as she brushed hair away from her forehead and exclaimed, “Oh I have hair in my eyes.”

Another breast cancer patient who was receiving her final radiation treatment that day said she knows Carr’s mother must be “shining down and so proud of her son.”

Two more patients received custom wigs at the Ravens’ Owings Mills complex later on Oct. 29. At the complex, Baltimore Ravens players and representatives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation assembled 150 additional kits for breast cancer patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

Surgeon Offers Solution for Lymphedema – Make an Appointment

MedStar Franklin Square Offers Unique Lymph Node Transfer Procedure

 
BALTIMORE—(September 17, 2018)— There are usually few options to treat the swelling, pain and risk of infection that come with lymphedema. But with a novel technique offered at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, patients finally have a chance to put the condition behind them.

Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, a surgeon with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s MedStar Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department, is offering a cutting edge treatment that can reduce lymphedema in the arm caused by breast cancer surgery, or in the leg. In the procedure, Dr. Del Corral transfers lymph nodes from one part of a patient’s body such as the abdomen or clavicle back into his or her armpit or groin.

Lymphedema is caused when loss of the lymph nodes in the armpit after breast cancer surgery prevents lymph fluid from draining, leading to swelling in the arm. When it occurs in the leg, it can be caused by infection, injury, trauma, or cancer that affects the lymphatic system.

The swelling can cause pain and discomfort and cause the limb to become twice as large as normal. The swelling also raises the risk of recurrent infections. For some patients, it causes tingling and numbness that makes them unable to use their arm or leg. It is usually treated with compression garments.

Lymph node transfers are relatively new to the United States, having only been around for two to three years. The procedure has been used in Europe for about six to seven years. Only about 10 percent of hospitals around the country currently offer it.

“Until recently, doctors have not been able to offer patients with lymphedema a real solution,” said Dr. Del Corral, who is also an assistant professor of plastic surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “We are finally able to offer relief to patients who in some cases have suffered for years or decades.”

When a woman undergoes surgery to remove breast cancer tissue, lymph nodes in the armpit are sometimes removed. The lymphedema which sometimes results can take women by surprise as it can show up years after the initial mastectomy. Few are aware it is a relatively common side effect, with an incidence that may be as high as 65% to 70% after a modified radical mastectomy.

In the lymph node transfer, lymph nodes are harvested from the abdomen or clavicle areas, then transferred to the armpit or groin. Using specialized microsurgical techniques, Dr. Del Corral reconnects the artery and vein to recipient blood vessels to provide vital support to the lymph nodes during the initial healing phase. The procedure can be performed at the same time as a breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Patients stay overnight after the procedure, then go home the next day.

One patient of Dr. Del Corral’s went through a mastectomy for breast cancer in 1982 and developed lymphedema in her left arm 16 years later. She was unhappy with her appearance and gained weight, and had to buy shirts that were too large and have them taken in to fit around her swollen arm. Last year, Dr. Del Corral transferred lymph nodes from her abdomen to her armpit, and her arm has been slowly returning to its normal size. She’s now back to exercising, losing weight, and being able to enjoy simple things like wearing jewelry on her left arm and ditching compression garments.

Dr. Del Corral, who joined MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in January, also specializes in microsurgical advancements in reconstructive breast surgery.

“Try to wear a compression garment in the summer, or your marriage rings,” said Dr. Del Corral. “All those little things we take for granted, and it’s really amazing when we can get some improvement.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Del Corral, or for more information on the services he provides, call 443-777-7631.

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

 

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, targeted therapies, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer rehab.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

MedStar Franklin Square Holds 12th Annual Drive-Up Flu Shot Clinic

BALTIMORE—Without leaving their cars, Baltimore-area residents can get a free flu shot Nov. 4 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s 12th annual drive-thru clinic. The vaccination is recommended by experts citing the severity of last year’s flu season.

This is the hospital’s 12th annual drive-up and walk-up free flu shot event held at the Community College of Baltimore, Essex campus. Clinicians will be ready to administer the shots to anyone in the car aged six months and up, who don’t have a known allergy to the vaccine. Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone aged 6 months and up get a flu vaccine every fall unless they have a medical condition that would prevent them from doing so. The CDC classified the last flu season as “high severity,” killing 80,000 people, including 180 children.

Flu clinics were also held this year and last year at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Last year, 950 people were vaccinated at the two hospitals during the drive-up events.

Since 2007, MedStar Health has worked closely with county agencies to hold the clinic, including the Baltimore County Health and Human Services, Police, Fire and Public Works departments, and the Community College of Baltimore County, which allows the use of its Essex campus.

 

                        When:      Sunday, November 4, 2018
                                          8 a.m. until noon, or when supplies run out

                        Where:    Community College of Baltimore County, Essex
                                          Rossville Boulevard

 

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

 

 

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Achieves Magnet Redesignation

The Recognition is the Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence in the Country

 

BALTIMORE—(August 23, 2018)— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has earned Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet Recognition Program – the highest level of recognition a nursing program can achieve in the United States. Only three percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned the honor.

The Magnet designation honors medical facilities with the highest standards of patient care and innovation. Only six percent of hospitals nationwide, or less than 500, have achieved it. Only five other hospitals in Maryland are Magnet hospitals.

During an amplified phone call in the hospital’s Kotzen auditorium, Brian Selig, vice-chair of the nurse magnet designation for the commission, informed an audience of nurses that a survey revealed visible and trusted nursing leadership at MedStar Franklin Square. Additionally, he cited the family-oriented hospital culture, commitment to quality and interdisciplinary teamwork, combined with a strong reputation that keeps nurses working at the hospital for decades. 

Pictured: Maureen McCausland, Debbie Kisner, and Samuel Moskowitz

“The data that you provided outperformed your vendor's national benchmark one-hundred percent of the time for all eight quarters. Some really exceptional work there,” he said.

“Patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center should know the care they receive is rated among the highest in the country,” said Debbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC the hospital’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. “This is the third time MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been honored with this designation and we know it’s because of the hard work, great attitude, and professionalism of our nurses. We are so proud to be ranked among the most elite hospitals in the country for our nursing standards.”

“It’s virtually impossible to achieve magnet status without a team, and I think that is what distinguishes MedStar Franklin Square: the richness of the collaboration and the teamwork,” said Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at MedStar Health.”

The designation also confirms MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s approach to treating nursing as an integral part of the patient experience, with nurses at the hospital supported, guided and respected in their career path.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation. The hospital received its initial designation in 2008, something only five percent of U.S. hospitals and two others in Maryland had achieved at the time.

To be redesignated twice is a rare accomplishment.

Hospitals are rigorously evaluated during the Magnet designation process, submitting significant paperwork to document nursing excellence and hosting ANCC Magnet representatives for an on-site review.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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.

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