MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to Open $80 Million Surgical Pavilion

BALTIMORE—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will open its new surgical pavilion with 14 spacious surgical suites, including a hybrid operating room, to soon receive its first patients. The 82,000 square-feet of space replaces smaller, antiquated operating rooms with the latest industry technology to enhance patient safety, quality, and throughput processes. Members of the media are invited to tour the pavilion for an exclusive sneak peek, Aug. 4 between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

“From start to finish, the insights of each of our associates who work in our operating rooms and care for surgical patients were incorporated into the layout and design of this new pavilion,” said Stuart Levine, MD, FACP, president of MedStar Franklin Square and senior vice president of MedStar Health. “We are very proud of what this pavilion means for them, our patients and our community.”

Every detail of the site has patient comfort in mind, from the calm, comforting earth colors, to the waterfall wall in the waiting room, extra wide hallways, dedicated parking and a drop off circle. A windowed tower of cascading lights will provide the community with a reassuring beacon of light that can be seen illuminated for miles. During community celebrations, the color of the lights can be changed.

A 600-foot concourse connects the new surgical pavilion with the existing patient tower, allowing for greater efficiency when transferring patients from the surgical pavilion to their rooms.

“Patients certainly benefit from the advantages of having the highest quality of care delivered in more open space, said Regional Chief of Surgery for MedStar Health, David Stein, MD, FACS. “The rooms are designed for the newest robotics and imaging technology, but also are designed to integrate future technology. A sophisticated level of communication systems will expedite processes from sterilization, to lab work, to pharmacy, recovery and admissions.

“The pavilion design is uniquely developed so that patients and families or visitors can easily navigate from parking to arrival, to registration, to recovery. Everything about the surgical experience is patient-centered,” Dr. Stein said.

Additionally, the digitally equipped operating rooms elevate a robust video system that enhances the independent residency program at MedStar Franklin Square. “We’re very excited because of the educational opportunities the new surgical center offers for our next generation of surgeons,” added Margaret Arnold, MD, FACS, director of the MedStar Health Baltimore surgical residency program.

The $80 million surgical pavilion will also include:

  • State-of-the-art sterilization process
  • 20 PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) bays
  • Future transplant and perfusion room
  • Pre-admission testing area
  • Perioperative administration space
  • Private consultation rooms
  • North and south nurse stations
  • Support spaces (21 spaces)

The surgical pavilion, which broke ground in December, 2018, is the last phase of the $300 million modernization investment MedStar Health started almost 10 years ago at MedStar Franklin Square, with the construction of the patient tower and emergency department.

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About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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MedStar Health Names David Stein MD, Regional Chief of Surgery

BALTIMORE— MedStar Health has named colorectal surgeon, David Stein, MD, Regional Chief of Surgery for MedStar Health and Chairman of Surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

In the dual leadership role, Dr. Stein will oversee quality, safety and market leadership initiatives for MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, and lead a sweeping optimization plan for the new 82,000-square foot surgical pavilion now under construction at MedStar Franklin Square.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Stein to MedStar Health,” said Mimi Novello, MD, FACEP, vice-president of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for MedStar Franklin Square. “His experience as an exemplary physician leader and outstanding clinician has prepared him well to advance surgical services and surgical training in the Baltimore region.”

“Dr. Stein’s surgical experience and demonstrated leadership capabilities perfectly align with our vision for surgical services in the northern region of MedStar Health,” said Stuart Bell, MD, vice-president of Medical Affairs for MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. “He’s recruiting a quality group of practitioners to execute that vision.

In addition, Dr. Stein will oversee the general surgery residency program in the region.

Prior to coming to MedStar Health, Dr. Stein chaired the Department of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, where he began in 2003 as an assistant professor and Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of the Drexel University physicians faculty group practice and Associate Dean for Clinical Operations at the college.

Dr. Stein is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colorectal Surgery and is a member of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

To learn more about Dr. Stein go to:  MedStarHealth.org/Stein or call 443-777-2475.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

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

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to Celebrate Black History Month

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

BALTIMORE—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will celebrate Black History Month throughout February by honoring the contributions of six extraordinary African Americans to U.S. history, and welcoming  Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), to speak March 1. The free community event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kotzen Auditorium, and will include cultural performances by the Divine Dance Institute and the UMBC Jubilee Choir.

“We are proud and excited to have Dr. Hrabowski join us as part of our Black History Month celebration in commemorating the outstanding achievements of these great African-Americans whose work impact our daily lives,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE, President, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health. “Our Black History Month steering committee chose to celebrate these heroes and share their stories to empower those in the African-American community to continue to achieve greatness, while gaining an understanding of the history and hardships they faced along the journey to their achievements.”

Dr. Hrabowski became the president of UMBC in 1992 and is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities and school systems. He was named by President Barack Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: American’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, (2011).

MedStar Franklin Square will also recognize six heroes from the science and medical field, throughout the campus during the month of February:

  1. James McCune Smith— First African American professional physician in America
  2. Mary Eliza Mahoney—First African American professional nurse in America
  3. Henrietta Lacks—African American Baltimore Resident whose cells continue to help invaluable medical research around the world
  4. Gladys Mae West—African American mathematician whose research led to the development of GPS
  5. Percy Lavon Julian—African American chemist whose work laid the foundation for the production of steroids
  6. Philip Emeagwali—African American computer scientist who contributed to the development of the Internet 


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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
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MedStar Health to Stream Interactive Cancer Webcast on Facebook and YouTube

BALTIMORE—Cancer experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will discuss cancer prevention, detection and treatment options during a free interactive forum that will stream live from the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus to Facebook and YouTube, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Understanding Cancer: The Facts You Need to Know, features WMAR ABC News anchor Jamie Costello as the event’s host and moderator.

The panelists are top cancer experts representing the fields of surgical oncology, medical oncology, immuno-oncology and thoracic surgery: Ziv Gamliel, MD; Pallavi P. Kumar, MD; Edward McCarron, MD; Shweta Kurian, MD; and Atsuko Okabe, MD, FACS. Other oncology experts will be in the audience to comment and take questions. Visit here to see the entire panel.

“Cancer touches the lives of almost everyone, and navigating a cancer journey can be complex sometimes,” said Albert Aboulafia, MD, director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “Cancer care is constantly evolving, and this event is just another way we can share critical updates and information with our communities. The webcast technology allows real time talk back, too, so those with questions or concerns about their health, or that of a loved one, can get critically important information.”

The discussion will focus on a variety of common cancer types including lung, breast, colorectal, skin, pancreatic and liver. Panelists will discuss advances in the prevention, screening and treatments of cancer. Advances in medical, surgical and radiation therapies that can improve patient outcome while minimizing risk and are better tolerated will be discussed. Improved medical treatments include improvement in chemotherapy options, targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Advances in radiation therapy include stereotactic radiosurgery and proton therapy. The panelists will also discuss clinical trials and molecular testing.

To submit a question to the panelists, click here. To access the Facebook Live event page, click here. Questions can also be asked via the Facebook Live event page during the event and answered by the experts.

The panelists for the event are:

Ziv Gamliel, MD

Ziv Gamliel, MD, is chief of Thoracic Surgery at The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital. Dr. Gamliel is fellowship trained in Lung Transplantation and in Thoracic Surgery through the University of Toronto. He also completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Harvard Medical School. Board certified in surgery, Dr. Gamliel specializes in non-cardiac surgery of the chest, treating conditions that include lung cancer, bullous lung disease, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, mediastinal tumors and tumors of the chest wall. He has extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures.

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in oncology and internal medicine and the director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. Dr. Kumar leads the charge to optimize immune based therapies and clinical trials and advance the standard of care in the treatment of cancer. Fellowship-trained, Dr. Kumar specializes in general hematology and oncology with a focus on melanoma, gynecologic oncology and gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Kumar has clinical interests in cancer immunotherapy and runs a variety of clinical trials for several tumor types. Other clinical interests include neuro-oncology and HIV malignancies.

Shweta Kurian, MD

Shweta Kurian, MD, is part of the Medical Oncology/Hematology team at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute. Dr. Kurian is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Colon and other gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, and lung cancer are among her clinical interests. A member of professional organizations that include the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology, Dr. Kurian also serves as a reviewer for several prestigious medical journals. She is proficient in Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Gujarati.

Edward McCarron, MD

Edward McCarron, MD, is a board-certified surgeon fellowship trained in surgical oncology. An integral part of the oncology team at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Dr. McCarron treats a wide range of cancers using some of the most advanced surgical technologies available. He specializes in the treatment of melanoma, endocrine disorders, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

Atsuko Okabe, MD, FACS

Atsuko Okabe, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast disease at The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus. Dr. Okabe has been dedicated to the care of breast disease for over 20 years. She has extensive experience with state-of-the-art treatment options that include breast conserving surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, intraoperative radiation therapy and accelerated partial breast radiation. She is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons to perform breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies as well.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contacts

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 Opens New Vein Center in Baltimore

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health has opened a new Vein Center in Baltimore that will be led by vascular surgeon Margaret Arnold, MD, FACS, who will bring a strong clinical background in the treatment of vascular and venous diseases and will focus her practice on treating varicose veins.

 Dr. Arnold brings a wealth of experience in vascular surgery, clinical instruction, peer reviewed original research, and leadership of general surgery residency. She will be primarily based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus, where she will perform general vascular surgery with a focus on venous disease. She started with MedStar Health on October 14.

Dr. Arnold will also direct the MedStar Health Baltimore surgical residency program, which is primarily based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

“Dr. Arnold is a skilled surgeon, a patient-centered physician, and a thoughtful and caring mentor to aspiring surgeons,” said Mimi Novello, MD, FACEP, the vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. “We are delighted to have a physician leader of Dr. Arnold’s caliber join our top-notch team.”

Dr. Arnold trained in general surgery at the University of North Carolina followed by a vascular surgery fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. She has been at another area hospital for the last 8 years and has been functioning as both a vascular surgeon and the associate program director for the general surgery residency.

Dr. Arnold is experienced in both endovascular and open surgery and in the medical management of vascular issues. She treats all forms of vascular disease including aortic disease and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Her research focuses on medical and surgical training and education. Dr. Arnold is published widely, including book chapters and peer-reviewed articles and has spoken at regional and national vascular surgery conferences. She is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Association of Women’s Surgeons, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, and is a Fellow, American College of Surgeons.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contacts

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 Franklin Square Pulmonologist Receives National Distinction

Saiyad Sarkar Recognition

BALTIMORE — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center interventional pulmonologist Sy Sarkar, MD, FCCP, has received a national distinction of excellence that honors his contributions as an educator and places him among the top 4 percent of American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) faculty worldwide.

CHEST awarded Dr. Sarkar the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation and plans to officially honor him during Monday’s Opening Session at CHEST Annual Meeting 2019 on October 21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Sarkar, who is board certified in interventional pulmonology and critical care medicine and practices at the Angelos Center for Lung Diseases, was awarded for his commitment, involvement, and leadership in CHEST education programs and activities. The annual award recognizes his work from 2016 to 2018.

“The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases has been on the forefront of technology, research and clinical excellence and this award is a reflection of that national stature,” said Dr. Sarkar. “I’m very honored to be recognized among the top CHEST faculty and intend to continue the momentum.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Sarkar became the first in Maryland to perform an endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), to ease breathing in a patient with severe emphysema. 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. Watch the patient’s story in this video. 

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

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

Paul Blitz
Chief of Staff
410-622-5323

Delegate Ric Metzgar and MedStar Health Join for Open Forum on Cancer Care

BALTIMORE—  With more than 33,000 Maryland residents projected to receive a new cancer diagnosis this year, Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-6) and experts from the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Weinberg Cancer Center are making sure the lines of communication regarding prevention, screenings and treatment -are wide open. Together, at a free community forum, they will host A Night of Hope and Inspiration, at Kenwood High School, Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Delegate Metzgar, a recent member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee in the Maryland General Assembly, recognized the value of people, particularly those at a higher risk for cancer, having access to physicians in an informal setting. “Getting the experts in front of our community members is key,” he said. “This is personal. We want to open the conversation with experts in cancer who care for our community. Let people ask questions face to face; be proactive in their healthcare. It could come down to saving lives.”

“The changes in cancer treatment happen by the hour and it is almost impossible to know all the advancements and the new technology now available. Our Weinberg Cancer Center is part of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute which allows us to bring even more pioneering cancer care to the citizens of Eastern Baltimore County,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and a senior vice president for MedStar Health. “We look forward to working with Delegate Metzgar to help educate our community.”

Invited experts:

  • Albert Aboulafia, D, FACS, MBA: Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Pallavi Kumar, MD: Director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network
  • Suman Rao, MD: Director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

According to data collected by the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,000 people will die from a form of cancer this year; almost 90 percent of those will be from lung or a bronchus related cancer. Colorectal, pancreatic, breast and then liver follow in incidence.

This educational and informative event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. Call Delegate Metzgar’s Office at 410-622-5323, to reserve a seat.

Music, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided. 

Albert Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA
Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Pallavia Kumar, MD
Director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network

Suman Rao, MD
Director of Thoracic Oncology 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
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Paul Blitz
Chief of Staff
410-622-5323

Neonatal Babies- Once the Tiniest Patients- to Reunite with Caregivers

BALTIMORE— The journey of a thriving child could start as early as 23 weeks of life and weigh only one pound at birth.

More than 100 of these special graduates of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), once the hospital’s tiniest and most fragile patients, will reunite with their former caregivers Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for the hospital’s 31st NICU reunion.

The event will be held at Amped Up! (11600 Crossroads Circle, Middle River), with nearly 350 parents, guardians and siblings expected to attend. A special visit by the Baltimore Orioles mascot, Oriole Bird, will arrive at noon.

“We come back to the reunions because we love seeing my son's former medical staff, of course, but it's also a way for us to remember and honor the miraculous journey he had being born at 24 weeks and our gratefulness to the Franklin Square NICU staff for saving his life,” wrote Laura LaChapelle.

“This is a special event for families but also for us as clinicians,” said Fernando V. Mena, MD, FAAP, chief of Neonatology at MedStar Franklin Square. “The NICU reunion is what gives me the needed fuel to go on another year. We try our best every day in the NICU and despite trying, things don’t always go well and babies suffer and parents suffer. Having the privilege to see the parents again, now in a happy place, showing off the progress that their babies have made is beyond motivating. And although much of this progress comes from the constant loving care that they give their children, they are deeply thankful for what we were able to do in the NICU. It makes my year and gives purpose to what I do.”

“We look forward to the reunion because we get to see how much our fellow graduates have grown.  We see the staff who had helped our son while he was in the NICU.  It is a good time to share our experiences and make memories,” added Mona Taylor.  

The NICU at MedStar Franklin Square is a Level III facility equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology and staffed by highly trained, compassionate caregivers. The staff care for infants who are born prematurely or who become ill after birth.

The unit sees around 300 admissions a year and has 19 private rooms. The staff treat the babies with a multidisciplinary team approach including board-certified neonatologists, specialized neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, audiologists, and occupational, physical, and speech therapists. The March of Dimes recognized this commitment to “family-centered” care by awarding MedStar Franklin Square the first March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program in the state of Maryland.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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 to Host 13th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event

BALTIMORE—Baltimore-area residents can once again get a free flu shot without leaving their cars at two MedStar Health hospitals this fall.

The 13th annual drive-thru and walk-up flu shot clinic will be held at MedStar Harbor Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 5; and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (on the CCBC Essex Campus) on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Last year’s flu season was the longest in a decade, and the 2017-2018 flu season was particularly severe, with 80,000 deaths attributed to the illness. In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during last year’s flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.

Clinicians will be ready to administer the shots to those who don’t have a known allergy to the vaccine. At MedStar Franklin Square, anyone aged 6 months and up can receive the vaccine. At MedStar Harbor, adults aged 18 and older can receive the vaccine.

Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves or clothing with easy access to the upper arm. More than 900 people received the flu vaccine at the MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor Hospital events last year.

MedStar Harbor Hospital Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or when supplies run out
Where: In the Orthopaedic Center Parking Lot, 2900 South Hanover Street

MedStar Franklin Square Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, or when supplies run out
Where: CCBC Essex Campus, Rossville Boulevard and College Drive

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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 Institute for Quality and Safety to Host 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture

Columbia, MD — MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will host the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 2 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” which was issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and resulted in increased awareness of U.S. medical errors and a need for improved patient safety.

Learn more about the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture. 

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Phone: 410-274-1260
Email: [email protected]

Katie Carlin
Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning, MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
Phone: 202-255-3767
Email: [email protected]