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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About MedStar Health

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

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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.

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MedStar Franklin Square Physicians Named 2015 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

 

Top Doc News ImageBaltimore(October 28, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce that 97 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2015 list, now on stands.

Each year, Baltimore magazine publishes the annual list of "Baltimore’s Top Doctors". The physicians honored with this title are chosen by their peers who respond to survey questions asking what physician would you send your own family member to. Nearly 10,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list, including an online poll of physicians to augment the mailed survey responses. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in each of the specialties.

Below are the MedStar Franklin Square physicians recognized: 

To learn more about these physicians, click here.

Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

Steven J. Adashek, MD, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

Michael Auerbach, MD, Hematology, MedStar Franklin Square

Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Top Doctors
Four MedStar Franklin Square orthopaedic specialists were named 2015 Top Docs. From left: David Cohen, MD, David Gold, MD, Michael Dvorkin, MD, Ira Gubernick, MD

Troy Brijbasi, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Mark Diamond, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

Michael Dvorkin, MD, Orthopaedics: General, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square**

Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-rectal, MedStar Franklin Square

Albert Steven Fleisher, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology: General, MedStar Franklin Square

Ziv Gamliel, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

David Golden, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square

Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Daniel  Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Howard Haumptman, MD, MedStar Franklin Square

Barbara Howard, MD, Pediatric Behavior and Development , MedStar Franklin Square

George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Nicola  London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

Jeffrey Posner, MD, Nephrology

Lisa Rowen, MD, MedStar Franklin Square

Lisa Rubin, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Mitchell Schwartz, MD, MedStar Franklin Square

Stephen Selinger, MD, Intesivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square

Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Samuel Smith, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, Gynecology and Women's Health, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor*

Gabriel Soudry, MD, Nuclear Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Nassif Soueid, MD, Plastic Surgery: Reconstrutive, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square*

Ed Steiner, MD, Radiology

Adrienne Suggs, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Christopher You, MD, Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

* Recognized in two specialties, ** Recognized in three specialties

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 Names 2015 Nurse of the Year

 NurseoftheYearSQBaltimore, MD - (May 8, 2014) - MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is pleased to honor its 850 nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The American Nurses Association set the theme of this year’s observance, “Ethical practice. Quality care.” Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, says, "MedStar Franklin Square nurses demonstrate ethical practice and quality care each and every day through our commitment to Magnet, creating a safe and high reliability organization, and by creating a collaborative, respectful, and professional work environment where nurses want to work."

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is proud to recognize individual nurses for their hard work and dedication in the field of nursing during an annual Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony. Nominations are accepted for nurses in one of several service lines and areas of the hospital. A winner from each area is selected, and then one extraordinary nurse is chosen as Nurse of the Year. Pictured is the 2015 Nurse of the Year, Melissa Miller, from the Tower 1 unit. The full list of nurses recognized at this year’s ceremony includes:  

Community Health and Ambulatory Services
Debbie Kavanagh, Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Behavioral Health Services
Ashley Beck, 2SB

Medicine Services
Melissa Miller, Tower 1

Emergency Services
Michelle Patrylak-Quint, Emergency Department

Oncology Services
Erica Axilrod, 4SB

Supplemental Staff
Eugenio Saavedra, Internal Registry

Surgical Services
Lisa Capri, OR

Women’s & Children’s Services
Dominic Petrovia, NICU

Distinguished Nurse in a Support Role
Carol DelaCruz, Tower 2 Educator

Outstanding Nurse in a Leadership Role
Amy Alsante, Tower 1 Nurse Manager

Nursing Innovation Award
Alysia Barber, Pediatrics

"To our nurses I say thank you for your leadership,  your compassion, and your commitment to ethical practice and quality nursing care," Larry Strassner said in a message to nurses. "Thank you for the difference you make each and every day in the lives of our patients and their families. And thank you for your dedication to your colleagues and one another as an essential and contributing member of the MedStar Franklin Square care team. I am honored and proud to serve you in my role as chief nursing officer."

Learn more about nursing at MedStar Franklin Square

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
410-554-2781
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