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.

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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.

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MedStar Health Names Michael Hartnett to Dual MedStar Leadership Role

Oversees Public Affairs and Marketing for the Region and MedStar Franklin Square

medstar leadershipBaltimore—(February 25, 2014)— Michael P. Hartnett has been named vice president of Public Affairs and Marketing for both the Baltimore region of MedStar Health, and for one of the four hospitals he will oversee: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership to the dual role, which follows a successful organizational model already established in MedStar Health’s southern region.

In addition to MFSMC, Hartnett will be responsible for the communications, public affairs and marketing at MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals.

Hartnett will provide sound strategic marketing and communications counsel to twenty associates throughout the region, while overseeing the development and execution of comprehensive integrated marketing plans, and driving organization’s image, visibility and brand.

Hartnett joins MedStar after a 13-year tenure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). He joined GBMC in January 2001 as the director of Market Research and was promoted to director of Marketing in January 2003. Providing executive oversight, Hartnett led the organization in the development of strategic marketing initiatives and overall brand management. With a proven track record of effective strategic decisions, he managed tactical marketing efforts resulting in $8.8 million in revenue from new patients in FY2012.

Prior to GBMC, Hartnett served as assistant director of Marketing at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and in market research management roles at Becton, Dickinson and Company’s Microbiology Systems division, and at Jason Pharmaceuticals.

Harnett holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a marketing focus from Towson University and a master’s degree in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.

He is an active board member and serves as treasurer of the Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (MSHSMD). He is also an associate faculty member for the Master of Arts in Leadership and Management program at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

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 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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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Board of Directors Expands, Melly Goodell, MD, and Ray Naimoli Appointed

MedStar Franklin Square medical Center Board of DirectorsBaltimore—(February 7, 2014)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has appointed two prominent members of the community to join its Board of Directors. Melly Goodell, MD, chairperson for the department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square, and Ray Naimoli, senior manager of corporate partnership sales for the Baltimore Orioles, bring solid community advocacy with a combined 29 years of expertise and strategic business development to the hospital’s 20-member board.

At MedStar Franklin Square, Dr. Goodell oversees the strategic, operational and financial aspects of the department of Family Medicine. That includes the residency training program, and a certified patient centered medical program that provides care to over 10,000 patients in the area. There, she is also charged with growing community based research and population health efforts.

Dr. Goodell also serves as the director of Healthcare for the Homeless, a comprehensive healthcare clinic for homeless residents of Baltimore County, located on the hospital campus.

In 2008, Dr. Goodell first joined MedStar Franklin Square as a faculty member in the department of family medicine, and advanced to vice-chair in 2009. She was promoted to chair the following year.

Dr. Goodell attended medical school at Duke University and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of California San Diego. She then completed a fellowship in faculty development at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Prior to her tenure at MedStar Franklin Square, Dr. Goodell served as program director of the Family Medicine Residency program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Racine, WI. She has held various roles as a faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Goodell also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

As the new senior manager of corporate partnership sales for the Baltimore Orioles, Ray Naimoli will be generating new business partnerships and incremental revenue from existing Orioles partners.

Prior to his current role, he served as the senior account executive for corporate sales for the Baltimore Ravens. Naimoli joined the Ravens in May 2004 as the manager of business development. Throughout his 10 year tenure, Naimoli rose through the ranks, becoming the senior account executive of regional partnerships and sales in August 2011. In this role, Naimoli was responsible for securing new business from both national and regional clients, as well as incremental/renewal business from the 21 accounts that he manages on a daily basis. His client base included some of the Ravens largest corporate partners including, M&T Bank, Toyota, Comcast SportsNet, GEICO and Maryland Live Casino.

After graduating with a B.S. degree in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Naimoli, served as a Graduate Assistant in George Washington University’s Sports Communications department while earning his M.T.A degree in Sports Management.

Naimoli is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Baltimore County program. He is also an active member of the Medstar Franklin Square Foundation, where he currently serves as the vice chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors and chairman of the NICU Capital Campaign.

To learn more about the MedStar Franklin Square Board, click here.

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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MedStar Franklin Square Unveils New Germ Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety

New Technology is First of its Kind in Baltimore; Enhances Patient Safety

patient safetyBaltimore—(January 9, 2014)— As hospitals across the nation look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill risky multi-drug resistant organisms, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has taken a leap into the future with a germ-zapping robot that eliminates hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.

The Xenex robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even bacterial spores. The system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, influenza, and staph bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

The robot can disinfect a room in minutes and is easily portable, allowing it to be used in virtually any location within the hospital. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to implement robotic disinfection system, which has been credited for helping other healthcare facilities in the U.S. decrease their MRSA and C.diff infection rates by more than 50 percent, according to studies.

“This technology represents our ongoing, aggressive efforts to offer our patients the highest possible quality of care, in the safest possible environment,” said Larry Strassner, Sr. Vice-President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital. “We are very excited to begin using the robot to help us achieve our goals in infection prevention. Patient safety remains our top priority.” MFSMC plans to use this technology to clean all patient rooms, the ER and operating rooms.

Because the Xenex robots use UV light, they are able to reach every surface in the room and do not leave a chemical residue. Each treatment takes about 5 minutes. To disinfect a room after standard cleaning procedures are complete, hospital team members wheel the Xenex robot into the room, position it, begin the automated sequence, and then leave the room. A sign is placed outside the room warning people not to enter while the robot is in operation, and a motion sensor on the robot automatically shuts off the machine if anyone should enter, or if motion is detected. The process is then repeated on the other side of the bed and in the bathroom, for a total of 15 minutes to thoroughly clean each room.

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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 medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Receives $2.5 Million Gift, Breaks Ground on The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases

The Angelos Center for Lung DiseasesBaltimore—(November 20, 2013)—From the main lobby of the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center patient tower today, prominent Maryland attorney and majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles, Peter Angelos, announced a $2.5 million gift to open The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases on the hospital campus this spring. It is the largest philanthropic donation ever bestowed to the hospital in its 115 year history.

Lung cancer remains by far, the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women each year according to data by the American Cancer Society. About 228,190 new cases of lung cancer have already been diagnosed this year.

Through a unique and comprehensive focus on diseases of the lung, including the latest research, technologies, programs and clinical trials, the Angelos Center will provide patients with access to the advanced diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease.

“MedStar Franklin Square is committed to improving the health of our patients living and working in our community,” said Sam Moskowitz, President of MedStar Franklin Square. “And we are thankful to Mr. Angelos, for putting a focus on all aspects of fighting lung disease. With his support, we can make available the highest standard of care and the most advanced in medical treatment. The goal here is to prevent lung cancer from being the cause of such loss in this community.”

The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases at MedStar Franklin Square will provide a unique service for the comprehensive care of patients with lung disease. Through an alliance with the MedStar Cancer Network, which includes the expertise and resources of MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospitals, patients throughout the region will have accelerated access to new diagnostics and treatments available at the Center.

With a focus on care that is both personalized and specialized, patients will benefit from a wide range of services, from dedicated care navigation to quicker access into the latest clinical trials, as well as ancillary services, including rehabilitation, pain management and nutrition services.

Most importantly, the Center will facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer through the introduction of a lung screening clinic. By utilizing advanced CT scanning, in conjunction with state-of-the-art interventional pulmonary diagnostic procedures and the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, the Clinic will enable physicians to diagnose lung cancer in its early stages leading to a better rate of success for treatment.

“MedStar Franklin Square’s aim to advance the detection of lung disease and provide quick access to multi-disciplinary diagnosis and treatment, represents an important step forward in the treatment of lung cancer,” said William Krimsky, MD, director of Interventional Pulmonology at MedStar Franklin Square.

Click here to learn more about lung cancer services available at MedStar Franklin Square. To learn more about the MedStar Cancer Network, click here.

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.

About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network represents a true collaboration in cancer 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 Network is comprised of four MedStar Health hospitals, including MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. From initial diagnosis through treatment, our integrated, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and research provides the highest level of care for patients and results in better outcomes. The MedStar Health Cancer Network also offers education and screenings to help reduce cancer risk and promote early detection.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Named Top Hospital in Maryland by U.S. News & World Report

Best hospitalRanked Among Nation’s Top Hospitals in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

 

Baltimore—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been named a top hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report. Named third in both Maryland and the Baltimore metro area, MedStar Franklin Square also ranks among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” in gastroenterology and GI surgery.

Of the 5,000 hospitals surveyed, MedStar Franklin Square is one of only 147 hospitals to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. MedStar Franklin Square also received high-performing scores in ten specialty areas: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology. 

“We are honored to be placed at the top of this coveted list, named among the very best hospitals in Maryland and our region,” said MedStar Franklin Square President Sam Moskowitz. “This recognition is a reflection of the care provided by our team and the focus we have placed on quality, service and patient safety. I am proud of all of our physicians, nurses and associates who work together in a united effort to pursue our vision of delivering excellence in patient care, each and every day.”

This year’s “Best Hospitals,” the 24th annual edition, showcases nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and spans 16 medical specialties, from cancer to neurology & neurosurgery. U.S. News created the “Best Hospitals” ranking system to identify the best medical centers for the most difficult patients—those whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty, or other medical issues that add risk.

Factors used by U.S. News for the rankings included technology, hospital’s reputation among physicians, patient satisfaction and quality measures such as survival rates and nurse to patient ratio.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

MedStar Franklin Square shares the top list with several MedStar Health sister hospitals. A total of eight MedStar facilities were ranked as top regional hospitals, including MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in the Baltimore region; and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar National Rehab Network and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the Washington, D.C., region. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital was ranked in both Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

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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 medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

About U.S. News & World Report

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