MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus Celebrates 1 Year

Expanded Services Mean More than Convenience in the Heart of Harford

Bel Air, MD—(April 12, 2017)— Last spring, over 600 Harford County residents attended the community open house at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus to see the shiny new bedless hospital and urgent care. Among the guests: Anita Owens, of Fallston.

While throngs of visitors toured the sunlit center from room to room, embracing its location on Route 924 at Plumtree Road, Charlsetta Holmes, known as Charli, was a short distance away, working in her office at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The convenience of top quality healthcare couldn’t have been further from her mind.  

Anita however, was so impressed with the 100,000 square feet of comfort and technology, and its location, she promptly changed primary care physicians and scheduled her annual routine check-up.

Within days and weeks of the opening respectively, both Charli and Anita would each get devastating news: they had breast cancer.  

“Having this facility here makes it more convenient for our patients to get treatment in their community without having to drive to Baltimore,” said Dr. Suman Rao, MD, chief of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Thoracic Oncology & Hematology at Bel Air. “When facing a devastating diagnosis of cancer, patients are assured they are getting the same state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment capabilities as any other major cancer care center.” 

"MedStar Bel Air saved my life,” Anita said. “They found the cancer, treated me, and I am cancer free today because of them."

 “This experience for me, was holistic,” Charli explained. “I wasn’t just going there for medicine. Everyone at Bel Air from the nurses, staff, oncologists, were very informative. They offered support, literature, brochures… they provided beauty tips; how to wear scarves and wigs, apply make-up, physical therapy. They did all they could to provide support. Everything I needed was in the same place.”

Since its April 12th opening last year, more than 30,000 Harford residents have received treatment in specialty areas including cardiology, imaging, outpatient surgery, primary care, rehabilitation, urgent care, women’s health and the comprehensive cancer center, where Anita and Charli received chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Last month, Charli received her final radiation treatment on her 60th birthday, and celebrated the milestone, cancer free.

 “As a physician, one of the best advantages to working in this facility is being able to coordinate high quality care efficiently for my patients,” said Dr. Melanie Slack, site medical director. “I have had many instances where I see a patient in my office, send them immediately downstairs for a radiologic study, and that same afternoon, am able to discuss the results with the radiologist and arrange for a specialist consultation. It makes a huge difference to the patients, knowing that all of their doctors are communicating and working together as a team.”

For an appointment with one of our specialists at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, call 410-877-8088 or visit MedStarHealth.org/BelAir.

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.

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MedStar Health Expands Care in Harford County

Unveiling Bel Air Medical Campus on April 2, Opening Doors on April 12

Bel Air Medical Campus MedStar Franklin SquareBel Air, MD—(March 23, 2016)—MedStar Health is previewing its newly constructed 100,000-square-foot outpatient healthcare facility in Bel Air at a grand opening event on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, located at Plumtree Road and Route 924, will provide Harford County residents increased access to quality, comprehensive health care.

Featuring activities for the entire family, the event will give the public an exclusive first look at the state-of-the-art “hospital without beds.” The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus will officially open its doors to patients on Tuesday, April 12.

As a one-stop healthcare destination, the facility offers an urgent care center, primary care medical offices and multidisciplinary specialized services, including women’s health, cancer, cardiology, rehabilitation, and more.

“MedStar Health is committed to providing quality, compassionate health care in communities where people live and work,” said Bob Gilbert, president of MedStar Ambulatory Services. “The convenience of having a comprehensive medical campus close by will be an obvious benefit to the individuals and families who live in the communities of Harford County.”

“The ambulatory care center also makes it possible for us to coordinate care and focus on delivering the right care at the right time,” Gilbert added. “For example, the ability to see a physician and have an MRI during the same visit will reduce the number of trips for care and time away from work. This translates to a high quality experience for our patients, while also being an efficient and cost-effective way to receive care. Our medical providers will benefit from having colleagues easily accessible for consults regarding treatment options.”

The Bel Air site is the next development in MedStar’s expansion of care to Harford County. One in five MedStar patients is a Harford County resident, and more than 40 MedStar-affiliated physicians currently practice in the community. The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus will enable MedStar to consolidate its various Bel Air locations under one roof, making it more convenient for patients and creating space for new specialists to locate in the community.

Patients will have increased access to the expertise of specialists from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, with streamlined state-of-the-art medical technology. The benefits of integrated electronic health records mean patients have the added safety and convenience of their records being available at any MedStar Health site they visit.

Services at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medial Campus will include:

  • Cardiology
  • Imaging Services
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Primary and Wellness Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urgent Care
  • Women's Health
  • A comprehensive cancer center: infusion services, radiation therapy, medical oncology and breast surgery experts
  • Convenient parking, free Wi-Fi, and health and wellness areas that include public meeting space for use by community groups

Click here to learn more about the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

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.

Location Information

Call 410-877-8088 to schedule an appointment today!

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD

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MedStar Health Nurses Recognized as Top in Region by Baltimore Magazine

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Baltimore—(April 15, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce nine of its Baltimore hospital nurses have been recognized as the region’s top nurses by Baltimore magazine’s inaugural “Excellence in Nursing” 2015 survey.

In the first annual “Excellence in Nursing” survey, Baltimore magazine solicited nominations from peers, supervisors and patients of registered nurses, who represent the finest in their field. To arrive at the results of the survey, a panel of RN advisors, appointed by the Maryland Nurses Association and major local hospitals, reviewed nominations and selected the top candidates under 18 different nursing specialties.

The following nurses, covering a variety of specialties, from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, were named 2015 top nurses by Baltimore magazine:

Cardiovascular
Natalie Droski, RN, MedStar Franklin Square
Betheen Weed, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Community Care/Ambulatory Care
Susan Haskell, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Nurse Education
Carol Esche, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Intensive Care
Nicole Henninger, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Medical-Surgical Nursing
Ashley Wells, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Orthopaedics
Stacie Roles, RN, MedStar Union Memorial

Research
Joan Warren, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

School Health
Calvert Moore, RN, MedStar Harbor


The winners were announced at a reception at The Center Club on April 14, and are featured in the May issue of Baltimore magazine, now on stands.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

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.

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Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Welcomes Pain Management Physician Dr. Matthew Hansen to Newly Renovated Suite

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center welcomes new expert provider to our newly renovated pain management suite.

pain management physicianBaltimore—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center welcomes a new expert provider to our newly renovated pain management suite. Pain management specialist Matthew R. Hansen, MD, brings the latest expertise in pain management to MedStar Franklin Square. Offering a full range of services, including interventional and non-interventional techniques, our expert physician can diagnose and treat a wide variety of pain disorders.

Matthew R. Hansen, MD, joins us from Advanced Pain Medicine in Wexford, PA, where he served as an interventional pain specialist. He earned a BA in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his doctoral degree from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA. He completed an internship at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, PA, a residency in Anesthesiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, where he also served as Chief Fellow. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

The newly renovated pain management suite at MedStar Franklin Square features spacious and patient-centered rooms. Pain management procedures are performed en suite, providing patients and their families with convenience and ease.

For a full list of pain management services offered at MedStar Franklin Square, click here, or call 443-777-7180 for an appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment online with Dr. Hansen. 

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 medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

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Megan Lutz 
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