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.

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 Health Bel Air Cancer Services Aligns Expertise with New Name

Collaboration Provides Greater Access to World-Class Cancer Care

 

BALTIMORE—July 24, 2018 —Community leaders and local elected officials recently joined MedStar Health leadership to celebrate the naming of MedStar Health’s cancer center in the heart of Harford County: MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

MGCI brings together clinical expertise and resources across MedStar Health in order to provide patients greater and more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. MGCI, which also extends to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, allows patients to benefit from this collective network of cancer specialists. Other locations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

The institute also provides increased access to the most innovative clinical trials offered through Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the research engine of the institute. Clinical trials are an essential component to advancing the science of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancers. Participation in clinical trials opens the door to the most progressive and customized treatment options, such as new medications and targeted immunotherapies. MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus

“MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute harnesses the incredible talent of our cancer specialties across the Baltimore/Washington region and provides powerful treatment options for the citizens of Harford and Baltimore counties,” said Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

“All cancer patients deserve access to tomorrow’s treatments today, and to receive that kind of care closer to where they live and work,” adds Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi, designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center.

The 100,000-square foot MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, located at 12 MedStar Boulevard in Bel Air, opened in 2016 offering services that include a full-service cancer center with screenings, smoking cessation classes, infusion services, radiation therapy, medical oncology, and breast center.

The event featured remarks from Samuel E. Moskowitz, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; and Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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About the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute
The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) combines medical expertise, research, and resources across MedStar Health throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. The institute comprises MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; MedStar Washington Hospital Center; MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Washington, D.C. – serves as the institute’s research engine. MGCI provides access to advanced cancer care, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art technologies closer to where patients live and work. MedStar specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized for their expertise in numerous disease sites and disciplines, cover the full continuum of care – from screening, prevention, research, diagnosis, treatment and personalized cancer rehabilitation – ensuring patients throughout the region have access to the latest therapies available anywhere. For more information, visit www.MedStargeorgetowncancer.org.

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 Certified Safe Sleep Recognition

BALTIMORE—(July 18, 2018)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first hospital in the Baltimore area to be recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program for its commitment to educating parents on safe sleep practices for infants.

Only two other hospitals in Maryland achieved a designation from the program, which was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was named a Certified Safe Sleep Hospital.

There were about 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in the United States in 2016. These deaths occur among infants less than one year old, and include suffocation and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), which has an unknown cause.

“Losing an infant to SUID is a parent’s worst fear,” said Fernando V. Mena, MD, FAAP, chief of neonatology and interim chairman of the department of pediatrics. “In an initiative started in 2005, we have taken many steps to educate parents on how to put their infants down to sleep safely and are grateful to Cribs for Kids for recognizing our efforts.”

To achieve the organization’s bronze level designation, MedStar Franklin Square developed a safe sleep policy, provided staff training on infant safe sleep, and provided infant safe sleep education to the parents of infants prior to discharge.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface in a crib or bassinet. Parents should share the room but not the bed with the child, and not use swings, wedges, crib bumpers or other devices that could adversely impact an infant’s breathing.

Led by clinical nurse specialist Karen Corson, the team included labor and delivery education specialist Marge Flannery, obstetrics department nurse Michele Frock and perinatology nurse Jill Fischer, who put in place the measures that achieved the designation.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-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. . There are about 2800 babies delivered every year at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits 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 Health Baltimore Cancer Program Honored for Exceeding Standards

Earns Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer

 

BALTIMORE—(July 11, 2018)— MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals have been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation – indicating it exceeded the standard requirements – for their regional cancer program by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn the CoC accreditation, the MedStar Health Cancer Network must meet or exceed the organization’s quality care standards and maintain excellence in patient-centered care. The cancer program is reevaluated every three years.

The MedStar Health Cancer Network exceeded standard requirements in six areas: clinical research accrual, cancer registry education, public reporting of outcomes, oncology nursing care, accuracy of data, and Rapid Quality Reporting System. The Rapid Quality Reporting System is a reporting and quality improvement tool from CoC that helps hospitals track their quality of cancer care. The program is at four Baltimore-area hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

The cancer program is part of The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, a network that brings together top doctors, hospitals, and research centers to provide the best possible cancer care for patients. Patients have access to clinical trials, which can allow for the most cutting-edge treatment options such as medications and immunotherapy.

“Every day, our clinicians work hard to help save lives and improve quality of life for patients with cancer,” said Albert J. Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA, the director of the MedStar Baltimore Region Cancer Network and director of Orthopaedic Oncology. “We are proud that the excellence of the MedStar Health Cancer Network has been recognized by The Commission on Cancer.”

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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 Health’s Dr. Kelly Ryan Appointed to National Horse Racing Advisory Board

Focus Will be Safety, Integrity Alliance for National Thoroughbred Racing Association

 

Kelly Ryan Sports Medicine Jockey Health Concussion
Kelly Ryan, DO

BALTIMORE—(June 6, 2018)—MedStar Health sports medicine physician Kelly Ryan, DO, has been named to an advisory board for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, where she will help determine best practices to keep jockeys across the country safe and healthy.

Since partnering with Maryland Racing three years ago, Dr. Ryan and a team of MedStar Health physicians banded together to form MedStar Horsemen’s Health, a program designed to monitor the health of jockeys and other racetrack personnel at Maryland race tracks. A national spotlight has been fixed on their healthcare model since they designed and implemented important concussion protocols. By conducting baseline tests with jockeys before they are injured, they can best determine who has a concussion and if he or she is ready to return to ride. Other racetracks in the country, inspired by the work of Dr. Ryan and other MedStar Health sports medicine physicians, are now adopting similar concussion protocols at their facilities.

As a member of the Safety and Integrity Alliance, Dr. Ryan will help set policies to protect the health and safety of jockeys. Racetracks must comply with these policies to receive accreditation through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Dr. Ryan is the first MedStar Health physician to be appointed to the Safety and Integrity Alliance and is currently the only sports medicine physician on the board.

“The things that we value at MedStar Health for all of our athletes will now be able to be applied to jockeys,” Dr. Ryan said. “We will be a voice for these athletes and hopefully continue to be a model for other racetracks.”

“Dr. Ryan’s perspective as a sports medicine physician will offer valuable insight as the Safety and Integrity Alliance works to craft safety standards for racetracks in the United States,” said Sean Huffman, vice president of MedStar Sports Medicine. “MedStar Health has been a leader in setting standards for jockey safety and we are excited that Dr. Ryan’s vision and expertise is being recognized on a national scale.”

 

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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.

 

About MedStar Sports Medicine

MedStar Sports Medicine is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 60 physicians, 40 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar Health’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official sports medicine team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).

 

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 Names Top Docs to Leadership Roles

Drs. Leigh Matlaga and Nicola London to Lead OB-GYN Department

BALTIMORE, Md.—(May 30, 2018)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has named two OB-GYN physicians to leadership roles where they will help guide the department’s operational efforts and ensure the highest quality of safe patient care.

Dr. Leigh E. Matlaga, MD
Dr. Leigh E. Matlaga, MD

Drs. Leigh Matlaga and Nicola London will each assume the role of associate chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, under the leadership of chairwoman Kathryn Elgin, MD. Dr. London and Dr. Matlaga will also serve as medical director of the Bel Air and Dundalk women’s practices, and the White Square OB-GYN practice, respectively.

“Dr. Matlaga and Dr. London have demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership in our efforts to continually improve the OB-GYN department,” said Mimi Novello, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. “Their expertise, passion and commitment to patients sets a high bar for the program as we continue to provide the best care possible for women in the Baltimore area.”

Dr. Matlaga will manage quality and safety for the department while Dr. London oversees operations.

Dr. Nicola London, MD

Dr. Matlaga joined the MFSMC in 2006 as an attending physician after practicing at Indiana University School of Medicine.  She earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed her OB-GYN residency training at Duke University.  She has practiced in several locations affiliated with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, including Bel Air, Dundalk and Timonium. She earned a Baltimore magazine Top Doctors award in 2012.

Dr. London launched her career at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in 1993 as a resident. She has served as a practicing OB-GYN and had a managing role in the Dundalk and Bel Air practices.  She received her medical degree from University of Maryland, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha.  She has a reoccurring place in the annual Baltimore magazine Top Doc edition. Dr. London has served as a peer reviewer on the Maryland Medical Board of Physician Quality Assurance, as well as on several hospital committees.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-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 is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits 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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