MedStar Health Cancer Network to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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 Teams with Region’s Top Transplant Experts

Patients Meet MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute Team via Telehealth

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute Telehealth
Patient Speaking with MedStar Transplant Team Through Telehealth

BALTIMORE, Md.—(April 6, 2018)— Baltimore-area patients in end-stage liver failure, or with an advanced liver disease are benefiting from the expertise of the lauded team at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI)– without driving to Washington, DC. Using teleconferencing technology, patients engage in real-time dialogue with the full range of experts necessary for liver transplant evaluations and post-operative visits at the MedStar Franklin Square Center for Digestive Disease.

MedStar Franklin Square began offering pre-transplant evaluation once a week with an on-site hepatologist and the MGTI team via telehealth last year. Full-time in-house patient consultation with one of the Institute’s premier liver specialists, Dr. Thomas Faust, was made available in January. 

The liver transplant program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, is among the nation’s top liver transplant centers for patients of all ages. Compared to other transplant programs in the region, it boasts superior one-year survival rates across all types of organ transplants and has the highest adult one-year patient survival in the Baltimore and Washington metro areas. MedStar Health patients on the organ wait list are transplanted in a shorter time frame than patients anywhere else in the region – eight months, compared to more than 14 months on average.

“Liver transplantation is a very complex, rigorous procedure, where positive results rely on meticulous screening and evaluation,” said Anne P. Weiland, vice-president of Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosciences for MedStar Health. “The process is a commitment for all parties, and the patient-expert dialogue that must take place can be challenging for patients. The added convenience of the new site at MedStar Franklin Square facilitates patients’ personal interaction with the team and ensures close management of the myriad details involved in their clinical care.”

Patients on the wait list for a liver transplant typically need multiple pre-operative appointments, scheduled at intervals ranging from every two weeks to every three months depending on the degree of liver impairment - to monitor their liver function. With the new services at MedStar Franklin Square, patients need only travel to MedStar Georgetown for the transplant itself, and for initial post-operative follow up. All other visits can take place locally.

The highly experienced MGTI team transplants a high proportion of the very sickest patients and performs some of the most complex procedural approaches in the country. It has one of the highest volumes of liver transplants in the US, performing 125 procedures in the calendar year 2017, with superior outcomes.

MedStar Health has about a dozen patients awaiting a liver transplant at this time. Patients may be candidates for liver transplant based on a variety of causes, including cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, infection, autoimmune disease, and overdose on certain medications.

 

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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, 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 MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute is part of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, providing hope and life-restoring care to patients with end-stage organ failure. As one of the highest volume transplant programs in the United States, liver, kidney, small bowel, and multi-organ transplants are all performed at MGTI.  It is also a leader in hepatobiliary surgery, as well as offers auto islet cell transplantation for those patients suffering from the pain of chronic pancreatitis.

Its one-year adult and pediatric graft survival rates are higher than any other transplant center in the mid-Atlantic region.  The Transplant Institute’s multidisciplinary team of nationally known surgeons and medical specialists, transplant coordinators, social workers and dieticians is committed to guiding and supporting patients and their loved ones through the transplant process and offering patients their best chance for recovery and an improved quality of life.

 MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute has outpatient sites for kidney and liver transplant evaluation across the Baltimore-Washington including at its area hospitals as well as in Fairfax, Virginia and in Frederick, Ellicott City and Annapolis, Maryland. Visit www.medstargeorgetown.org/transplant 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 Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus to Open April 9

New, $1.75 Million Center Will Include New Infusion Center with 22 Chairs


BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 29, 2018)—Sixteen oncology experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will be under the same roof, expanding patient access to oncology care, with the opening of the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus, April 9th.

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus
Healing Garden at the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus

Located in the Russell Morgan building of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, the 7,800-square-foot, $1.75 million renovated space will include a state-of-the-art infusion center with 22 treatment chairs, providing IV therapy of all types including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and iron infusions.

The new location will include a pharmacy, a clinical trials program, screening programs including 3-D mammograms and lung CT scans, an on-site MRI machine, ultrasounds, mammography, and radiation therapy including a Linear Accelerator machine.

A multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists will include breast surgeons, medical oncologists, a genetic counselor, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, a surgical oncologist, and an oncology-trained team of nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians.

“Having all of these services together will make for a much more robust patient experience,” said Linda Rogers, RN, CPA, MBA, vice president of oncology and related services for the MedStar Health Baltimore region. “Our clinicians will be able to better communicate patient cases with each other face to face, quickly order medications from the on-site pharmacy, and benefit from ongoing clinical research. Our patients will benefit from having their entire medical team, testing, medications and infusion therapies under one roof.”

Patients will also have access to support services including financial counseling, flexible scheduling, free community education including smoking cessation, free parking and a free shuttle service to and from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

To make an appointment, call 443-444-3991.

 

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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]

 

Thousands of Patients Referred to Substance Use Treatment at MedStar Hospitals

SBIRT Program Intervenes with Patients with Substance Abuse Problems

 
BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 5, 2018)— In the 18 months following MedStar Health’s launch of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program known as SBIRT,  more than 3,500 patients struggling with substance abuse have been referred to treatment.

The nationally recognized, evidence-based program rolled out in August 2016 in each of MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospitals.

As the nation struggles with the opioid epidemic and a spike in fentanyl-related overdoses, emergency departments are often on the front line in treating patients with addiction. These patients often return to the emergency department again and again, and without an interventional program like SBIRT, could see their addiction and overall health worsen.

Under the program, which is conducted in partnership with Mosaic Group, a Maryland healthcare consulting firm, all patients in the emergency department are screened for risky substance abuse behaviors. If the screening indicates a moderate or high risk, a peer recovery coach uses motivational interviewing techniques in an attempt to promote the patient’s own desire to change. The peer recovery coach then offers additional evaluation and referral services for high-risk patients.

Troy Robinson, a peer recovery coach at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, struggled with alcohol abuse and has had family members who have had substance use issues. The peer recovery coaches in the program must have been sober for at least three years and in a support program themselves.

Robinson said her personal experience has made it easier to relate to the patients and offer them the right support.

“It’s more than just ‘let me get you into a peer recovery place,’” Robinson said. “We go over plans, I meet with them. ‘Let’s help you become a better you.’ I really love what I do and it’s helping me grow as a person as well.”

Given its success in the Baltimore MedStar hospitals, the SBIRT program has expanded to other MedStar hospital emergency departments and primary care clinics across the MedStar system. 

The SBIRT program at MedStar is largely funded through grants awarded by Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore.

From August 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017:
SBIRT: MedStar (Adult patients 18+)
Number of SBIRT screens –243,141
Number of positive screens – 31,308
Number of brief interventions – 12,221
Number of referrals to treatment – 3,688

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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
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

 

New MedStar Health Program Helps Patients Navigate Community Services

Community Health Advocates Work With the Most Vulnerable

BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 5, 2018)— A program launched by MedStar Health last year has connected some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents to hospital-based community health advocates (CHAs) who ensure they receive not only routine primary healthcare, but vital community services.

The program piloted at MedStar Health’s four Baltimore-area hospitals in July: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital. There are now 15 full-time community health advocates employed throughout the region, credited with helping hundreds of Baltimore residents find support and resources.

“Social determinants have a significant impact on health outcomes. The new front-line community health advocates for MedStar Health help address this for non medical challenges which interfere with their overall health,” said Diana Quinn, regional director of community health for MedStar Health. “These associates are members of our communities. They live in the neighborhoods and are well suited to link at-risk patients to those that can help resolve the social need. They serve as the eyes and ears of the hospital and provide ongoing support for social unmet needs, once a patient is discharged. During home visits the CHAs make the care teams aware of the persistent and numerous social barriers that our patients face that interfere with their health or getting the care they need.”

“Integrated within each hospital’s care and case management teams, CHAs participate in patient huddles and post-discharge care planning. The CHAs are seen as a critical part of providing comprehensive patient care, and treating the whole person as part of care delivery. Our community health advocates have been instrumental in making connections to community-based resources to assist with patients’ social needs such as housing, food access, and utility assistance. They also serve as a critical part of supporting patients’ utilization of appropriate health care services,” said Dr. Dawnavan Davis, assistant vice president of community health for MedStar Health. “Their contribution has been and will continue to be significant in addressing the social determinants of health for our patients.”

MedStar Health community health advocates have helped patients who have been threatened with turn-off notices keep their power on. They’ve helped patients receive para-mobility services and aid to retrofit homes with wheelchair ramps and grab bars to increase mobility and independence.

Patients are also connected with a primary care physician if they don’t have one and given information on how to reduce the costs of their prescriptions. In some cases community health advocates have helped patients sign up for food stamps and connected primary caregiver family members with financial resources.

The Community Health Advocate Program is part of MedStar Health’s commitment to serve the needs of the community in a holistic way. The program is intended to keep patients out of the revolving door of hospital readmissions for chronic conditions and help them navigate a complex web of social services. Community health advocates are hired from the areas they serve, further boosting the connections between community and hospital.

Sherri Harper, a community health advocate at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, called the work a “dream job.” In one case, she was able to help a patient in her eighties have a StairGlide installed in her home and helped the patient obtain a grant toward her energy bills so her service would not be shut off.

“It’s hard for individuals to obtain information on their own because a lot of people are not computer literate,” Harper said. “I can do that for them and make sure we’re getting the right information and they’re being helped the way they need to be helped.”

Rebecca McGougan, a community health advocate at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, describes her job as “missionary work.” She said she had experience in advocating while caring for chronically sick family members. “I’m going to knock every door down until they get the help they need,” she said. “When people come in the hospital it’s not just about their health, it’s about the disparities they’re going through and they don’t know where to look for resources.”

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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
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

 

New Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Site to Open at MedStar Franklin Square

Enhances Access to Specialized Care, Expertise and Rehab Therapy

 

Baltimore MD—(January 12, 2018 )— MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will open the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center - a new site dedicated to bone, joint and soft tissue injuries, in 10,043 square feet of space, Jan. 23rd. The new site joins the expertise of seven orthopaedic and sports medicine experts, along with rehabilitation therapy, in one centralized location.

Located in the Medical Arts Building across from the main hospital on Franklin Square Drive, the new center will include 18 exam rooms, two imaging suites, and an expansive waiting room with an area for children to play. The location is convenient to communities of Harford County and Eastern Baltimore County, including Perry Hall, Nottingham, Dundalk, Middle River and Parkville.

“The new building will be a state of the art complex offering all of our specialties – sports medicine, joint replacement, shoulder and hand, as well as pediatrics – under one roof,” said Dr. David L. Gold, the chief of orthopaedics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. “In addition we will have excellent physical therapy services courtesy of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. We are very excited to offer all of this to our community, now in one location.” 

Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Rosedale
The Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Team with Sam Moskowitz, President, at the Ribbon Cutting for the New Office at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Clinicians at the location specialize in areas ranging from pediatric orthopedics to elite athletes. They are:

David Cohen, MDFellowship trained in sports medicine, Dr. Cohen is an orthopaedic surgeon who treats conditions including ACL injuries, Achilles tendonitis, overuse injuries and a variety of fractures, joint injuries and other sports-related injuries.

Frank Dawson, MDDr. Dawson is a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, specializing in sports related injuries. Dr. Dawson is an associate team physician for the Baltimore Ravens, a team physician for Morgan State University, a sports medicine consultant for Baltimore City Public School System, and a member of Baltimore County Public School System's Head Injury Committee. His clinical expertise includes sports medicine, sports injuries, fracture care and concussion care.

Michael Dvorkin, MDDr. Dvorkin has special interest in total joint replacement and sports medicine. He performs total hip, knee, and shoulder replacements, as well as performs arthroscopic procedures, such as rotator cuff repairs and knee arthroscopies. He is a member of Foundation for Aid to the Philippines, Inc. (FAPI) and travels with the group to the Philippines once a year to provide orthopaedic services. Dr. Dvorkin is also co-director of Hands Across the Americas, a medical mission to Peru, where he provides surgical and orthopaedic services.

David Gold, MDHe is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement, using both computer-assisted and traditional techniques. In addition to hip, knee, and shoulder replacements, Dr. Gold also performs fracture care and general orthopaedic surgery. Dr.  Gold was named a 2016 "Top Doc" by Baltimore Magazine for orthopaedic surgery: joint.

Ira Gubernick, MD - Dr. Gubernick is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. His clinical interests include shoulder replacement, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and treatment of fractures. Dr. Gubernick was named a 2016 "Top Doc" by Baltimore Magazine for orthopaedics: general.

Christopher Looze, MDDr. Looze  is an orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. Prior to joining MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, he completed a fellowship at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, recognized globally as a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research, education and injury prevention. A former professional baseball player within the Toronto Blue Jays organization, he has a personal passion for sports.

The new office will replace the following locations, which will close on January 19:

  • Dundalk/North Point – 1050 Old North Point Road, Suite 101, Baltimore MD 21224
  • MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center – 9103 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 1500, Baltimore MD 21237 (The cancer center will remain open and the orthopedics and sports medicine components relocated to the new space)
  • Rosedale/Seven Square – 9110 Philadelphia Road, Suite 200, Baltimore MD 21237

To make an appointment at the new office, please call 877-34-ORTHO (877-346-7846). To learn more, visit MedStarFranklinSquare.org/ORTHO. The location of the new office is MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Medical Arts Building, Suite 200, 9101 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore MD 21237.

 

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About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute combines the skill and expertise of more than 80 physicians at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our physicians treat the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

 

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.

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]

 

Dr. Gabriel Del Corral Joins MedStar Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Brings Expertise in Advanced Surgical Breast Reconstruction Techniques

Baltimore—(January 8, 2018)— Gabriel Del Corral, MD, a fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in microsurgical advancements in reconstructive breast surgery, has joined MedStar Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, effective Jan. 1. 

Dr. Del Corral is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has extensive experience performing a wide variety of advanced breast reconstruction techniques following breast cancer or reconstruction after preventive mastectomy surgery, that lead to better results and fewer complications. These include various flap techniques that require transferring or transplanting tissue and blood vessels from one part of the body to another part of the body using a high-powered microscope in the operating room. Dr. Del Corral’s skills include using surgical implants; the two-stage tissue expander/implant procedure, in which saline is added to stretch the skin over the pectoral area and create a breast mound, and the one-stage direct to implant reconstruction.

“We are excited about what Dr. Del Corral’s expertise adds to our breast cancer program,” said Linda Rogers, Vice President of Oncology for the Baltimore region of MedStar Health. “There are so many options for patients, both men and women now in cancer care, and it’s so important to have the most cutting edge technology, services and surgical skills set available. Dr. Del Corral’s experience brings highly specialized cosmetic options to our breast cancer patients, but also to our region in plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine.”

Dr. Del Corral also specializes in the treatment of post-surgical lymphedema and breast cancer-related lymphedema.

He has been named a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine for plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction and body contouring.

He sees patients at the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Cancer Center on the campus of MedStar Franklin Square, 9103 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 1500, Baltimore, MD 21237.

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 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.

 

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]