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.

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MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus Celebrates 1 Year

Expanded Services Mean More than Convenience in the Heart of Harford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About MedStar Health

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

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Debra Schindler
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Dr. Samuel Smith, MD Discusses Annual Pelvic Exams

Doctors not ready to abandon annual pelvic exams

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a statement saying there wasn't enough evidence to determine whether the standard pelvic exam was beneficial for women without symptoms and who are not pregnant. However, this doesn't mean the exams will — or should — be abandoned by everyone, says Dr. Samuel Smith, MD, chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read the full story.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Breast Centers

Women's Choice Breast Center 300 x 220BALTIMORE—(February 4, 2016)—The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers. The award acknowledges MedStar Franklin Square’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care to patients with breast cancer, a disease developed by about one in eight American women during their lifetime.

One of 42 winners nationwide and only five in the state of Maryland, the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square earned the award by having met the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards from the American College of Surgeons. The NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. As one of America’s Best Breast Centers, MedStar Franklin Square also carries the Seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE), and scored above-average on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient satisfaction measures.

The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square offers comprehensive breast health services and specializes in the development of breast cancer treatment plans that are as unique as each patient. MedStar Franklin Square offers advanced, personalized treatment options, including intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), tumor molecular profiling, targeted therapies and advanced clinical trials.

Click here for more information about the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square.

For more information on America’s Best Breast Centers, click here.

Learn more from breast surgeons Kristen Fernandez, MD, and Atsuko Okabe, MD, as they discuss the achievement in the video below: 

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklinsquare.org for more information.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Expands Newborn Care

Set To Open New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

New NICU at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
A private patient room in the new $7.8 million, 23-bed NICU at MedStar Franklin Square

Baltimore, MD—(January 15, 2016)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will soon unveil its $7.8 million, 23-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with an open house and ribbon cutting event Friday, January 15, 2016. The newly constructed 16,000 square feet of space is a level III NICU in eastern Baltimore County.

A special “Media Day” will be held January 14th from 10 am till 2 pm, for unobstructed taping, tours and interviews.

Under the leadership of Fernando Mena, MD, chief of Neonatology at MedStar Franklin Square, more than 300 of the hospital’s tiniest patients are treated annually in the existing 25-year old NICU. The expansion will improve privacy and safety for the babies and their families.

Funding for the new NICU was driven by the hospital foundation NICU campaign which launched in 2012. The campaign exceeded its $4 million philanthropic goal, thanks in large part to the hospital auxiliary’s million-dollar pledge commitment and a million-dollar bond from the state.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what truly is the result of the culminated efforts of many people,” said Dr. Mena. “The dedication to see this through means now having the best opportunity for our patients to thrive, and to support our parents in a private, comfortable, healing environment. This is a progressive move for the hospital, and for the community.”

Replacing the traditional open floor layout, the new private rooms will allow parents the privacy and space needed to bond and care for their baby. Seclusion for each patient will also create a more quiet and calming environment, reducing stress and aiding in the healing process.

Highlights of the new NICU include:

  • 23 total beds, including 19 private rooms and accommodations for multiples
  • A family area in each room, with extra seating and pullout couches for overnight stays
  • A dedicated family lounge and reception area with kitchen and eating areas
  • Enclosed outdoor garden where families can spend quality time together in a safe and healing environment
  • Ample natural light with direct views to the exterior and garden
  • Multidisciplinary team approach, including specialized neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, audiologists, and occupational, physical, and speech therapists to provide the best care to sick newborns
  • Baby-Friendly designation ensures special initiatives are in place to improve the rate of exclusive breastfeeding—resulting in 80 percent of mothers being able to provide breast milk to their infants while in the NICU
  • Contracted pediatric subspecialty services with specialists trained to handle the most complex high-risk conditions including pediatric surgery, genetics, neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and pediatric cardiology

Click here to learn more about the NICU at MedStar Franklin Square. To support the NICU campaign, click here.

Watch a time-lapse video of the construction of the new NICU below: 

See the ribbon cutting ceremony during the open house and unveiling event for the new NICU on January 15, 2016: 

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 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

Marie Bellantoni, MD, Endocrinology/Diabetes Care, MedStar Franklin Square

Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

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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 Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital Recognized by March of Dimes for Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

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BALTIMORE—(July 1, 2015) The March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter has commended MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital for their commitment to providing the best care for mothers and their babies by reducing the rate of premature births and decreasing  the number of  non-medically indicated elective deliveries and cesarean deliveries.

“This initiative is a critical step towards improving birth outcomes and enhancing the health and safety of our mothers and their babies,” said Samuel Smith, MD, chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor. “Through the commitment and accountability of our team we have been successful in restricting non-medically indicated early term births at our hospitals. The March of Dimes’ recognition is a reflection of our efforts, and an acknowledgment that we want women to be pregnant at least 39 weeks.  A baby’s lungs and brain are still developing in the last few weeks of pregnancy, and being pregnant an extra week or two will really give the babies in our community a healthier start in life.”

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Babies delivered before full term, without a medical indication, face an increased risk of lifelong health challenges including breathing problems, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Waiting at least 39 weeks until delivery ensures full development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of vital organs,” said Scott Berns, MD, MPH, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. “I commend MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor for being champions for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

To qualify for this recognition, MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor had to successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Provide data for at least two consecutive quarters showing rate below 5 percent for each quarter
  • Develop a written policy regarding non-medically indicated deliveries less than 39 weeks gestation
  • Institute a process for tracking and monitoring the rate of non-medically indicated deliveries less than 39 weeks

The March of Dimes honored MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor at the Maryland Patient Safety Center Conference on June 11. Both hospitals were presented with a banner indicating the hospital's pledge to improving the quality of care for moms and babies. 

To learn more about obstetric services at MedStar Franklin Square, click here. To learn more about obstetric services at MedStar Harbor, 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 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 the March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org





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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in Baltimore to Earn Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

 Baby Friendly NewsBaltimore—(May 15, 2015)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is raising the standard of care for infant and maternal health as the first hospital in Baltimore, and one of only two in the state of Maryland, to achieve the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA.

“We are thrilled and honored to be the first hospital in Baltimore to receive this exclusive designation,” said Samuel Smith, MD, chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Franklin Square. “As a Baby-Friendly hospital, our community can be confident that we provide not only safe and high quality maternity care, but also the best level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.” 

“Breastfeeding contributes to the life-long emotional and physical health of our new moms and their babies, and helps to improve the health of our communities,” Dr. Smith adds. “This was an exciting and challenging journey and I am extremely proud of our staff.”

Part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), this coveted five-year designation recognizes facilities that are committed to providing an optimal level of care to mothers and their babies through the support and promotion of breastfeeding practices. Currently, only 8.7 percent of birthing facilities in the United States are designated—MedStar Franklin Square is one of 260 Baby-Friendly facilities out of an estimated 3,000.

Breastfeeding is associated with a number of health benefits for both the baby and mother. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness, lowering their risk of several diseases including diabetes, asthma, childhood obesity, childhood leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome. Breastfeeding also helps a mother's health and healing following childbirth. Research shows long term health benefits for the mother include lower rates of breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, osteoporosis and postpartum depression.

“We have long championed the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Cheryl Wood, MSN, CRNP, NE-BC, administrative director for Women's and Children Services at MedStar Franklin Square “This designation further demonstrates the extra steps our team has taken to provide the tools and continuous support our mothers need—before, during and after birth—to ensure their babies are given the best possible start to a healthy life.”

To receive Baby-Friendly designation, MedStar Franklin Square completed a rigorous on-site survey to determine compliance with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeedinga series of evidence-based practices shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration. The steps, endorsed by the major maternal and child health authorities in the United States, including the CDC, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, provide guidance to ensure mothers receive the necessary information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The award is given to only those facilities that demonstrate successful integration of all ten steps into their practice for healthy newborns. To retain designation, facilities must engage in ongoing efforts to ensure that the standards are maintained. Hospitals must report statistics annually and can apply for re-designation at the end of the five-year period.

Breastfeeding rates continue to rise in the United States. In 2011, the CDC reports, 79 percent of all newborns were breastfed. However, those numbers dropped with 49 percent breastfeeding at six months and only 27 percent after a year. According to the journal Pediatrics, mothers who give birth at Baby-Friendly facilities are more likely to initiate exclusive breastfeeding and more likely to sustain breastfeeding at six months and one year of age. In the U.S., new mothers exposed to at least six of the Ten Steps were 13 times more likely to continue breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum when compared to mothers who had not been exposed to any of the Ten Steps during their birthing hospitalization.

MedStar Franklin Square delivered 2,874 babies in 2014, a number that is expected to grow to 3,000 in 2015. When the hospital began its journey two years ago to attaining a Baby-Friendly status, the exclusive breastfeeding rate was only 25 percent. Today, that number has almost doubled, increasing to 47.8 percent.

“The success of exclusive breastfeeding is a collaborative effort, starting with prenatal education,” said Shirley Kowalewski, BSN, RNC-MNN, nurse manager of the Medstar Franklin Square Women’s Health Center and the Mother/Baby Unit. “It is our priority to educate every expectant mother about the benefits and management of breastfeeding. The success of breastfeeding for our mothers and babies has increased drastically due to this focus on prenatal education, followed by strong postpartum support from our team of skilled experts.”

Postpartum, the team of experts at MedStar Franklin Square, including nurses, pediatricians, neonatologists and lactation consultants, are on hand to help mothers initiate breastfeeding and maintain practice upon discharge from the hospital.

Additionally, in the event a baby needs to spend time in the Neonatal Care Unit (NICU), MedStar Franklin Square has special initiatives in place to improve the rate of exclusive breastfeeding for even the most fragile infants—resulting in 95 percent of NICU mothers being able to provide breast milk to their infants while in the NICU.

Jennifer Smith, BSN, RNC, NE-BC, nurse manager of Labor and Delivery at MedStar Franklin Square, emphasizes the importance of mother infant skin-to-skin contact, a practice that the team at MedStar Franklin Square encourages immediately and continuously after birth.

“The immediate skin-to-skin contact of the newborn with mom has had a dramatic positive impact on maternal-newborn bonding and breastfeeding success,” said Smith.

To learn more about OB services at MedStar Franklin Square, 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 Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States.  In this capacity, BFUSA is responsible for coordinating and conducting all of the activities necessary to confer the Baby-Friendly designation.BFUSA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1997 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2011, the corporate headquarters has been located in Albany, NY.

 

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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."

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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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Congratulations to our Top Docs!

Once again this year, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has impressive representation in the “Top Doctors” issue of Baltimore Magazine. A total of 53 fulltime members of our medical staff, in a wide range of specialties, have been selected. Please join us in congratulating the following MedStar Franklin Square physicians who have been recognized as 2014 Baltimore’s Top Docs:

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Allergy/Immunology
David Golden, MD
Jonathan Matz, MD
Manav Singla, MD

Endocrinology/Diabetes Care
Marie Bellantoni, MD

Emergency Medicine
Jonathan Hansen, MD

Intensivists/Critical Care
Stephen Selinger, MD

Family Medicine
Joyce King, MD

Gastroenterology
Mark Diamond, MD

Hematology/Oncology
Michael Auerbach, MD

Internal Medicine - General
Kevin Schendel, MD

Infectious Disease
Michelle Bahrain, DO

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Anadir Silva, MD

Nephrology
Khalid Al-Talib, MD
Kevin Rossiter, MD

Neurology - General
Jerold Fleishman, MD

Oncology - Breast
Yvonne Ottaviano, MD

Oncology - Lymphoma & Bone Marrow Transplant
Stephen Noga, MD

Orthopedics - General
Ira Gubernick, MD

Pain Management
Matthew Hansen, MD

Pathology
Jennifer Broussard, MD

Psychiatry - General
Anis Merson, MD

Pulmonary
Martin Sheridan, MD

Radiation Oncology
Cengiz Aygun, MD

Radiology & Interventional Radiology
Blair Andrew, MD

Nuclear Medicine
Gabriel Soudry, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF & Gynecology and Women's Health
Samuel Smith, MD

Interventional Radiology
Troy Brijbasi, MD

Sleep Medicine
Jacques Conaway, MD

Sports Medicine/Orthopedics
David Cohen, MD

Bariatrics
Christopher You, MD

Breast Surgery
Kristen Fernandez, MD
Atsuko Okabe, MD

Colo-Rectal
P. Jeffrey Ferris, MD
Lisa Savoie, MD

General Obstetrics
Nicola London, MD

Gynecology and Women's Health & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Lisa Rubin, MD

Gynecologic Oncology
Charles Boice, MD

Orthopedic Surgery - Joint
David Gold, MD

Surgical Oncology - Orthopedics
Albert Aboulafia, MD

Surgical Oncology
Edward McCarron, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Ziv Gamliel, MD
Daniel Harley, MD

Vascular Surgery
George Jabaji, MD

Urology
William Dowling, MD, FACS

Pediatric Behavior and Development
Barbara Howard, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Adrienne Suggs, MD

Neonatology
Fernando Mena, MD

Orthopedics - Pediatric
Andrew Abramowitz, MD

Breast Surgery, Plastic Surgery: Breast & Plastic Surgery: Body Contouring
Nassif Soueid, MD, FACS

Intensivists/Critical Care & Pulmonary
Mitchell Schwartz, MD

Rheumatology
Howard Hauptman, MD

Ophthalmology
Amy Zimmerman, MD

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 Contact

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]