MedStar Franklin Square Pulmonologist Receives National Distinction

Saiyad Sarkar Recognition

BALTIMORE — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center interventional pulmonologist Sy Sarkar, MD, FCCP, has received a national distinction of excellence that honors his contributions as an educator and places him among the top 4 percent of American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) faculty worldwide.

CHEST awarded Dr. Sarkar the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation and plans to officially honor him during Monday’s Opening Session at CHEST Annual Meeting 2019 on October 21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Sarkar, who is board certified in interventional pulmonology and critical care medicine and practices at the Angelos Center for Lung Diseases, was awarded for his commitment, involvement, and leadership in CHEST education programs and activities. The annual award recognizes his work from 2016 to 2018.

“The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases has been on the forefront of technology, research and clinical excellence and this award is a reflection of that national stature,” said Dr. Sarkar. “I’m very honored to be recognized among the top CHEST faculty and intend to continue the momentum.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Sarkar became the first in Maryland to perform an endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), to ease breathing in a patient with severe emphysema. 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. Watch the patient’s story in this video. 

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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 Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
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MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety to Host 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture

Columbia, MD — MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will host the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 2 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” which was issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and resulted in increased awareness of U.S. medical errors and a need for improved patient safety.

Learn more about the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture. 

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Phone: 410-274-1260
Email: [email protected]

Katie Carlin
Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning, MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
Phone: 202-255-3767
Email: [email protected]

MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

environmental award medstar franklin square baltimoreBaltimore—(May 20, 2016)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2016 “Partner for Change” award. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has received the coveted Greenhealth Emerald Award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the awards are given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award is a very competitive award that recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs – above and beyond the Partner for Change criteria.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2016 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by introducing a new waste separation and recycling program into its operating rooms. As a result, regulated waste generated in the operating rooms was reduced from 78 percent to only 10 percent. Following the lead of sister hospitals MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Franklin Square joined their partnership with The Arc Baltimore, sending electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In its first year, MedStar Franklin Square collected an estimated 5,947 pounds of electronics for The Arc.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan focused on the conservation of water and energy. By upgrading to a more efficient sterilizer, the hospital was able to cut the cycle time by more than half, using less overall electricity and reducing the water used per cycle from 111 gallons to 33 gallons. In addition, the hospital donated 6,656 pounds of electronics, including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers, scanners and WOW carts. Furthermore, MedStar Good Samaritan renovated its endoscopy area by including LED lights, sensor lighting, hands-free sinks, wireless monitors, energy efficient monitors, and removing nitrous oxide canisters.
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital focused on the reduction of Styrofoam use and decreased use of regulated medical waste bags. By eliminating Styrofoam coffee cups throughout the hospital, and replacing Styrofoam to-go containers in the cafeteria with a wrapping station, the hospital was able to achieve a 35% reduction in Styrofoam use. In 2015, MedStar Harbor reached its lowest amount of regulated medical waste yet, continuing to maintain the best-in-class rate achieved the previous year. The success is attributed to education and re-education on the proper disposal of waste to associates, particularly those who serve in the operating rooms and on the environmental services team.
  • MedStar Union Memorial continued their award-winning recycling partnerships, donating 9,089 pounds of electronics including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers and scanners. In addition, the hospital donated a total of 855 pounds of medical supplies to the Globus Relief and shoes for Project Sole. MedStar Union Memorial also focused efforts on greening its operating rooms, diverting 4,502 pounds of material from landfill or reduced medical waste processing. Due to its operating room reprocessing programs, MedStar Union Memorial saved $23,111 by purchasing back reprocessed items.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 19 in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

About MedStar Health

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

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

Contact Information

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Is Named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National Survey

LGBT squareBaltimore—(April 19, 2016)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been named a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This is the fourth consecutive year the hospital has been recognized for its commitment to equitable and inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, their families, and associates.

“Our continued national recognition by the HRC Foundation is a testament to the compassionate and quality care our patients, their loved ones, and our associates receive,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at MedStar Franklin Square. “MedStar Franklin Square maintains our commitment to advancing health care for each and every member of our community.”

Earning top marks, MedStar Franklin Square is one of a select group of 496 healthcare facilities nationwide to earn the coveted status of 2016 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality. The findings were part of the HRC Foundation’s 2016 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a unique annual survey that evaluates inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and healthcare associates. Facilities awarded this recognition met four key HEI criteria, including:

  • Patient and employee non-discrimination policies
  • Guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents
  • Employment non-discrimination
  • Training in LGBT patient-centered care

“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare.  Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates MedStar Franklin Square for its work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

For more information about the award, 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.

About the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

 

 

Contact Information

Megan Lutz      
410-554-2781
[email protected]

Winter Weather Update: Message From MedStar Franklin Square President

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12 p.m.: 

I am happy to report that we are progressing nicely toward normal operations.  We are fully operational, all practices are open and the parking lots and sidewalks are in much better shape than yesterday.

The snow removal crews continue to work hard on making the campus lots and sidewalks as snow and ice free as possible.  I ask that you use caution as you drive and walk on campus as there will be the potential in the coming days for melting and re-freezing.

Tomorrow morning we will be back to normal parking operations, including the overflow Lot #3 located on the CCBC-Essex campus.  Please follow the standard Associate parking policies. The shuttle bus is fully operational and will support our associate parking lots.

We continue to ask that Associates refrain from parking on Franklin Square and Hospital Drives to allow for additional snow removal by Baltimore County over the coming days.

The provisions of the Inclement Weather policy went into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 22, and will end 6 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016. For questions related to the policy, please see your supervisor.

Again, THANK YOU for all your efforts in caring for our patients during this snow storm.  Your great attitude and teamwork throughout this event has been impressive!  Please continue to be safe. 

Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE
President, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Sr. Vice President, MedStar Health 

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.: 

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Essex Parking Lot 3 is now open for associates even though the campus is closed. Please note, the shuttle is also in operation to the lot. 

Managers/Supervisors: If associates contact you about not being able to find a parking space elsewhere, please direct them to this lot. 

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.: 

The Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12 to 5:30 p.m., has been canceled due to inclement weather. 

Monday, Jan. 25, 1:20 p.m.: 

Again, let me say THANK YOU to our Associates and personnel from support organizations who stayed with us or travelled to MFSMC throughout this record-breaking snow storm.  I have always been proud of our team here at MedStar Franklin Square and it is experience like the one we had this past weekend and today that just reinforces that pride.  It has been impressive to see our team in action and the great attitude our Associates took throughout the weekend to provide the compassionate care our community expects and needs. 

In the community and at MFSMC, we are slowly returning to normal operations.  We are still, however, facing some challenges, most of which regard transportation issues.  The following is an update on where we anticipate our operations will be by 7 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 26.  The bottom line is that we will be fully operational by that time. 

CONDITIONS IN OUR STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

Maryland is still under a State of Emergency and many counties and jurisdictions continue to be in their Phase II Snow Emergency Plans. 

At present, one of our biggest challenges is that road access is making it difficult to rotate staff home.  Many communities, especially in Baltimore City have yet to be plowed, making it difficult for Associates who reside in those communities to drive into work for their scheduled shift.  Plus, the MTA has reduced services today, which has impacted the availability of our Associates who ride the MTA.  MTA officials tell us that they are gradually resuming service and expect to have all services fully operating by Tuesday, January, 26 and by no later than Wednesday, January 27.   We ask those who rely on the MTA for transportation to and from work to check their website www.mta.maryland.gov   for the latest information. 

STATUS OF OPERATIONS

I am very pleased with the progress we have made in the past 24 hours toward our goal of being fully operational by Tuesday.  At this time, we are on track to achieve that goal.  MedStar Franklin Square will be fully operational on Tuesday including all physician practices both on and off campus being open.    If you are scheduled to work on Tuesday, please make plans to arrive to work as scheduled.

This evening, sleeping arrangements will still be available in Room G of the Crawford Conference Center for those Associates who need to/choose to spend the night.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS

Undoubtedly, clearing available parking space on campus has been a challenge for us throughout this historic blizzard.  Removing more than two feet of snow from our parking lots and sidewalks, just like you may have experienced at home, takes time.  Overall, our campus parking lots and sidewalks are in pretty good shape.  The crews continue to work on clearing the snow and ice from the lots and sidewalks.  You will see continued progress. 

But, we heard you!  The feedback this morning was that the East Lot was not very well cleared.  This is partially due to the challenge of removing snow while cars are parked on the lot.  It is for that reason, we made the decision to close the East Lot to new vehicles effective 12 p.m. today.  Reducing the number of vehicles on this lot will allow our snow removal teams to have clearer and easier access to the lot so they can remove the snow.  We fully anticipate the East Lot will be cleared and reopened by 7am on Tuesday. 

In the meantime, Associates coming into work on Monday afternoon and evening should use the ASC or Visitor Lots.     

The ASC and Visitor parking lots will continue to be available to Associates on Tuesday January 26.  We ask that you not park in the White Square and Medical Arts building parking lots.  The overflow Lot #3 located on the CCBC-Essex campus continues to be closed.

We are requesting that Associates continue to refrain from parking on Franklin Square and Hospital Drives to allow for additional snow removal by Baltimore County over the coming days. 

The shuttle buses have been operating under the normal schedule.

THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK:

Again, we are moving toward returning to normal operations.  It will take a couple of days to fully recover from this historic storm, and we need to free up time for leadership and Associates to focus on doing so while continuing to care for our patients.   It is for these reasons that we have made the following decisions: 

  • Town Hall meetings originally scheduled for this week will be postponed and rescheduled in February.
  • The Management Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon has been canceled.

I will continue to update you on the progress we are making toward a return to normal operations.  Please continue to monitor your emails, Starport, Facebook and the MedStar Franklin Square Website for updates.

Again, THANK YOU for all your efforts in caring for our patients during this blizzard.  Your great attitude and teamwork throughout this event has been impressive!   Please continue to be safe. 

Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE
President, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Sr. Vice President, MedStar Health

Sunday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.: 

Let me say THANK YOU to our Associates and personnel from support organizations who have stayed with us or travelled to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (MFSMC) throughout this record-breaking storm. More than 300 Associates and members of our Medical Staff have stayed at MFSMC, many since Friday, to ensure we provide the care that our community has come to expect.  I suspect we will have stories to share that demonstrate the camaraderie and commitment we have to support one another. For now, let me say THANK YOU knowing that this is not the last communication on what many of our Associates have done to take care of our patients during this extraordinary time. 

CONDITIONS IN OUR STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

At this time, Maryland is still under a State of Emergency and many counties & jurisdictions are in their Phase II Snow Emergency Plans. It is unlikely these restrictions will be lifted before the end of the day (Sunday).  A reminder that Franklin Square Drive is a snow emergency route, and therefore parking is not allowed on that street during Phase II of the Snow Emergency Plan.  We are continuing to monitor the road conditions on our campus and surrounding community.  While the major roads have been cleared, we are aware that many secondary streets have yet to be plowed which has limited our Associates from getting in.  We do want to commend those Associates who planned early, came in and even offered to assist others with rides.  Some of our Associates have even chosen to walk.

At present, one of our biggest challenges is that road access is making it difficult to rotate staff home.  Also, the MTA is not in operation, although they hope to have buses operating on Monday (but it will be on a limited schedule).  We ask those who rely on the MTA for transportation to and from work to check their website, www.mta.maryland.gov, for the most recent news.

STATUS OF OPERATIONS

MedStar Franklin Square will continue to function under limited operations.  Our goal is to be back to full operations by Tuesday morning as we continue to monitor our patient and staffing levels. 

At this time, I wanted to share the following information with you regarding hospital operations as of Monday, January 25.  We ask that you contact your immediate supervisor if you have questions.  

In short, here is where we stand for Monday morning:

·         Our OR’s will be in limited operations (focusing on emergent and inpatient cases) with all elective surgical cases cancelled.

·         Our Behavioral Health Ambulatory Clinics will be open.

·         Our Retail Pharmacy will be open

·         Our Ambulatory Infusion Center located at the Weinberg Cancer Institute will be open.  The physician practice will be closed.

·         The Bel Air Infusion site, however, will be closed.

·         The Coumadin Clinic will operating on a  modified schedule, opening at 12 noon.

·          All other Ambulatory offices—on and off-site—will be closed.

·         Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine in White Square will be closed

·         The CyberKnife Center will be closed

As a small token of our appreciation for those associates who stayed overnight on Sunday or arrived early on Monday, we will be offering free breakfast from 6:30am to 8:30am in the cafeteria.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS

Parking was a challenge for us and was a limiting factor.  As of this writing, we believe that our parking lots for Associates will be clear by 7 PM on Sunday.  We ask that all Associates continue to park in their current lot.  The ASC and Visitor parking lots will be available to Associates on Monday, January 25.  We ask that you not park in the White Square parking lot.  The overflow Lot #3 located on the CCBC-Essex campus is closed.

We are requesting that Associates refrain from parking on Franklin Square and Hospital Drives to allow for additional snow removal over the coming days.  We will assess this as we move ahead. 

The shuttle buses will be operating under the normal schedule tomorrow, Monday.

WHAT SHOULD ASSOCIATES DO IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN?

All associates who are scheduled to work on Monday but have questions should contact their immediate supervisor for directions.  Watch for additional communication regarding Tuesday operations.  Our goal is to resume normal operations by Tuesday. Please continue to monitor your emails, Starport, Facebook and the MedStar Franklin Square Website for updates. 

I know I speak for all of our MedStar Health Leadership when I say THANK YOU, again, for all your efforts in caring for our patients during this blizzard.  Please be safe.


Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE
President, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Sr. Vice President, MedStar Health
 

MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

 PartnerForChangeSQBaltimore—(May 15, 2015)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2015 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling, and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2014 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by implementing new strategies hospital wide to increase the practice of more efficient and healthier cleaning. The use of green-certified cleaners; the adoption of green cleaning methods; and the use of new technology, including the Xenex robotic disinfection system; have helped to reduce  waste, water, and energy, improving air quality for the hospital's patients, visitors, and associates.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized regionally for its garden initiatives. The “Grow…for Good Garden” at MedStar Good Samaritan was named the third “Best Community Garden in Baltimore City” by Charm City Farm and Garden Tour. The hospital makes a strong effort to include not only associates, but also the community in its garden project. In 2014, a diversified group, including local students and senior citizens, joined the team to help operate the on-site garden, growing a rotating crop of plants and vegetables throughout the year. The hospital also partners local organizations, including the food bank at Govens Community Center and Our Daily Bread, to donate fresh local produce to those in need in the community.
  • MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,800,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Union Memorial continues to increase sustainability awareness throughout its hospital by upgrading the initiatives that built its programs strong foundation. In addition to an array of engagement activities, a solid set of support services have driven a cultural change throughout the organization. Progressive programs in waste management, including the New2U office furniture and supply recycling program, has resulted in a reduce, reuse, reprocess and recycling rate of 32 percent, collectively. Additionally, the food services department has an 11-prong sustainability program and the environmental services department has adopted green certified cleaners and innovative sterilization technology.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of chemicals. The award recognizes MedStar Good Samaritan as a top facility in eliminating toxic chemicals by not only increasing its compliance with chemical regulations and guidelines, but by also going beyond those regulations to develop a framework for choosing safer chemicals whenever and wherever possible.

MedStar Harbor received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated one of the most hazardous chemicals—mercury—from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to prevent it from re-entering the facility.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 14 in Portland, OR.  

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

About MedStar Health

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

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

Media Contact

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2014 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2013 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts with the implementation of the Xenex robotic disinfection system. Using pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light to clean all patient rooms, emergency rooms and surgical suites, the machine eliminates the use of chemical residue as a result of cleaning. In addition, the hospital has adopted several green cleaning methods including reusable microfiber mops. Using only 1/7th of the amount of chemicals and water absorbed by a normal mop, the reusable microfiber mops are estimated to save 65,640 gallons of water annually.
  • MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor has cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,700,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have teamed up, making a strong effort to include associates and the community in their sustainability agenda. Through a partnership with The Arc Baltimore, hospital associates segregated and sent electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities, employed by the organization. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In 2013, the hospitals collectively have sent nearly 13,808 pounds of material, including desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and scanners, to The Arc.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of food. New this year, the “Circles of Excellence” acknowledges the highest scoring facilities in each category of the “Partner for Change” award. In addition to its efforts in food procurement, as well as food waste reduction and composting, MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized for its weekly produce stand and on-site associate and community garden.

MedStar Union Memorial received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on June 5 in Cleveland, OH.

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, 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 MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (medstargoodsam.org) is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health (medstarhealth.org), a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

About MedStar Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year. medstarhealth.org

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award)and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

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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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Debra Schindler
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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is Committed to Patient Care Equality

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Baltimore—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center joins a record number of U.S. health care facilities committed to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, a total of 718 health care facilities nationwide, including MedStar Franklin Square, have explicitly pledged themselves to equal treatment for LGBT patients.

Based on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2013, an annual survey administered by the HRC, MedStar Franklin Square met the following four core criteria for LGBT patient-centered care, earning the coveted status of 2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality:

• Patient non-discrimination
• Equal visitation
• Employment non-discrimination
• Training in LGBT patient-centered care

The HEI helps hospitals assess themselves against established best practices and ensure that they are complying with legal, regulatory and accreditation requirements for LGBT non-discrimination.

The HEI 2013 also required participating facilities to document that employees in key work areas had received expert training in LGBT health needs. As a result, nearly 5,000 healthcare personnel nationwide, including senior administrators, participated in training provided through the HEI, a unique educational initiative.

“The country’s health care facilities are leading figures in our nation’s movement toward full equality and inclusion for LGBT Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

Click here to view the HRC’s HEI 2013.

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 Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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Megan Lutz 
410-554-2781
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