MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Elects Board Leaders

Dr. Michael Suter Named Chair; W. Daniel McLaughlin, Vice Chair


BALTIMORE, MD (October 2016) – The MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Board of Directors elected internal medicine physician, Dr. Michael Suter, as the 31st chairman in the hospital’s 118-year history. It also announced W. Daniel McLaughlin will step into the vice chair role, and welcomed new members Denise Matricciani and Eric Washington to the 20-member board, effective November 1.

Baltimore business leader Michael Dietrich will step down from the chair position, ending his two year term.  He has been a MFSMC board member since 2008.

Dr. Suter, a board-certified internal medicine physician, has been providing care to the Baltimore community for 23 years. Currently, he sees patients at his private practice in Parkville, which he began in 2005.

Dr. Michael Suter, MD

Serving as president of the MedStar Franklin Square medical staff from 2004 to 2006, Dr. Suter joined the board of directors as an ex-officio member in 2004 and was elected to the board in 2009. He served as chair of the hospital’s physician committee for the patient tower capital campaign and on the community health improvement committee, and is an active member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

After completing a master’s degree in applied medical statistics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Dr. Suter attended medical school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He returned to the United States and completed his residency in internal medicine at MedStar Franklin Square.

W. Daniel McLaughlin is the president of Bay View Homecare Inc., a home and physician medical equipment supplier.

W. Daniel McLaughlin

He was the former supervisor of the pulmonary function lab at St. Joseph Hospital and received his cardio pulmonary and pulmonary function technician licenses in 1983. Since then, Mr. McLaughlin has served on the capital campaign committee for the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and as chair of the MedStar Franklin Square Foundation Board of Directors.

Denise Matricciani is the corporate affairs manager for Erickson Living, where she is responsible for review programs that ensure compliance with state and federal laws, licenses and certifications required for each retirement community. She began her career with the Maryland Hospital Association and became vice president of Governmental Policy and Advocacy in 1998. Since that time, she has served on the Maryland Government Relations Association, Maryland Rural Health Association, and Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Eric Washington is the student conduct administrator for the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), where he provides leadership training for student community advocates and upholds the college’s code of conduct. Prior to this role, Mr. Washington was the adult coordinator/admissions counselor, adjunct professor, and coordinator of the weekend college at CCBC. He served as a Maryland state representative for the United States Civil Rights Commission and as commissioner for the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission. Mr. Washington is also an active member of the Police Community Relations Council and Dundalk Renaissance Corporation.

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 for more information.

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Dr. Samuel Smith, MD Discusses Annual Pelvic Exams

Doctors not ready to abandon annual pelvic exams


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 to Hold 10th Annual FREE Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Baltimore—(October 17, 2016)—MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will host its 10th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, November 6 on the Community College of Baltimore – Essex campus beginning at 8 a.m. In an effort to help arm the community against the flu, nurses will administer free vaccinations to all eligible individuals on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since 2007, MedStar Franklin Square has worked closely with county agencies to hold the clinic, including the Baltimore County Health and Human Services, Police, Fire and Public Works departments, and the Community College of Baltimore County, which allows the use of its Essex campus. For the tenth year, this clinic provides a free and convenient way for members of the community to vaccinate the entire family in one stop, without having to leave the car.

WHAT:              10th Annual FREE Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic

WHEN:             Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
                           8 a.m. to Noon
(or until supplies run out)

WHERE:           Community College of Baltimore – Essex campus, Rossville Boulevard and College Drive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of flu complications. The number of people who die each year from flu-related causes in the United States ranges from 3,000 to 49,000.

To protect against the flu, the CDC recommends annual vaccination for those six months and older, as well as those at higher risk of developing flu complications, including children under five; adults over 65; pregnant women; residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; those with weakened immune systems; and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

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