MedStar Harbor Hospital to Host Annual Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic

BALTIMORE—Approximately 30 volunteer clinicians at MedStar Harbor Hospital (3001 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21225) will be administering free flu shots Saturday, Oct. 3, at their fourth annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic. The on-campus event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. or when supplies run out.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is more important than ever during the pandemic, to be vaccinated for flu to reduce the spread of respiratory illness, especially among vulnerable populations.  

Last year, the CDC estimates there were 38 million flu illnesses across the United States, with 400,000 flu-related hospitalizations. They released data estimating flu vaccines prevented 7.5 million more illness and 6,300 deaths.

“We will be following all CDC recommended protocols to ensure safe delivery of the vaccines,” said Dawn R. Owens, chief nursing officer and vice-president of patient care services at MedStar Harbor Hospital. “This is a quick and easy way to get immunized. We have an experienced team who are very proficient to keep the traffic flow moving as quickly as possible, and people do not even have to get out of the car.”

Clinicians will be ready to administer the shots to adults aged 18 and older who don’t have a known allergy to the vaccine.

Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves or clothing with easy access to the upper arm.

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About MedStar Health

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

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

MedStar Health Partners with Baltimore Organizations and Stoop Storytelling Tonight

microphone and empty stool with spotlight onBALTIMORE, MD — MedStar Health and nine Baltimore organizations are partnering with the Stoop Storytelling series to present Of Substance, a free virtual forum where seven candid people will share their stories of thrill, peril, regret and their complicated relationships with drugs and alcohol. The event includes a special musical performance by Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, an American Idol Top 10 Finalist, and will stream live tonight at 7 p.m. on each partner Facebook page, or here.

The Stoop Storytelling series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features people who share their true, personal journey. Partnering with MedStar Health are Jewish Community Services, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Catholic Charities, Baltimore Jewish Council, Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, NAMI Metro Baltimore, Creative Alliance, Goucher College and Baltimore Magazine, to bring awareness to the impact Of Substance use, drive education, prevention and treatment.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has identified September as Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. Of Substance offers inspiring firsthand accounts of recovery that demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment and may mitigate stigma and misconceptions that potentially discourage others from seeking help.

"Jewish Community Services is committed to raising awareness about the potential risks of using drugs and alcohol," said Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, executive director for Jewish Community Services. "Through our work in schools and in the community, we know that young adults can be particularly vulnerable to some of the unintended, potentially life-changing social, emotional and physical consequences. JCS is proud to partner in this important evening of sharing and thoughtful conversation.”

“MedStar Health knows the impact substance use in our communities, and the first step that leads to solutions is to eradicate stigma that will provide education and courage to receive treatment,” said Ryan Moran, director of Community Health for MedStar Health. “This event offers the chance to do that through the power of sharing lived experiences with substance use. Our organization is proud to partner with some of the most important organizations in the Baltimore region to bring this forum to the communities we serve.”

For information, visit – bit.do/stoop-ofsubstance.

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

MedStar Harbor Hospital to Debut Donor-Funded Mobile Health Center

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health will launch a new mobile health center September 14 to deliver primary care to MedStar Harbor Hospital’s most vulnerable communities, and support MedStar Sports Medicine research and education, at sporting events. The initiative underscores the core of MedStar Harbor’s relationship within its communities, its commitment to providing convenient access to quality healthcare, and reinforces its unique leadership position in sports medicine. It is supported, in part, by donations from the Baltimore Ravens, the France-Merrick Foundation and Kevin & D.J. Plank.

The 40-foot freightliner is easily recognized by the bold MedStar Health blue and maize colors and logo. Additionally, the Baltimore Ravens logo is emblazoned over the rear doors. Inside, the two exam rooms are separated by a restroom for handwashing, and a mini lab for point of care tests such as strep, flu, urinalysis, and pregnancy.

“We are providing services specific to the findings in our community health needs assessments,” said Ryan Moran, director of community health for MedStar Health’s three city hospitals: MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. “Data show one of the main reasons residents don’t pursue healthcare is because of a lack of transportation. We want to break that barrier. We conducted focus groups to get community input on what should be offered and where it should go. Primary care is lacking most in the areas where services will be provided.”

The mobile health center will make scheduled stops in three zip codes in south Baltimore and northern Anne Arundel County. Referrals to specialists within the MedStar Health system can be acquired through the service as needed. Appointments can be made by calling 410-350-7511, though walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nurse practitioner Kelli McCallum will lead the mobile unit team of three: a driver also serves as registrar, and a community health advocate who will assist uninsured and underinsured residents with insurance applications. The advocate may also navigate patients to other support services such as food access, transportation, and housing.

“People often think, ‘If I can’t afford to see someone, I’m just not going to go,’ which is understandable. No one wants a medical bill,” said Kelli McCallum, NP. “Some people don’t have insurance simply because they are challenged to navigate the steps to get it, so they don’t even try. We want to guide them through it. Having the insurance; having primary care delivered to them in their community, means better care management and maybe an earlier diagnosis. This is a new advent to healthcare and is exciting on so many levels.”

Through generous support by the Baltimore Ravens, the France-Merrick Foundation and Kevin & D.J. Plank, the mobile health center will also be equipped and staffed to attend sporting events, critical to sports medicine research projects underway with MedStar Sports Medicine.

“While many sporting events now are on hold because of COVID-19, we know the mobile unit will be essential to use at events such as the Baltimore Running Festival, at schools, camps, rec venues, and Raven’s pregame events, for data mining sports medicine research and educating sporting communities,” said Andrew Lincoln, ScD, director of the orthopedics and sports health research program for the MedStar Health Research Institute. Topics would include cardiac issues, musculoskeletal issues, concussions and return to play.

Bi-weekly primary care stops will include the following areas:

  • Arundel Elementary School- 2400 Round Rd., Baltimore, MD 21225
    9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of every month
  • Cherry Hill Tenant Association- 2700 Spelman Rd., Baltimore, MD 21225
    12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
  • The Transformation Center- 3701 4th, Baltimore, MD 21225
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month 
  • Brooklyn Park Library- 1 E 11th, Baltimore, MD 21225
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
  • North County Recreational Center- 196 Hammonds Ln., Brooklyn Park, MD, 21225
    12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
  • Curtis Bay – Drink at The Well- 4710 Pennington Ave., Baltimore, MD 21226
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
  • Lakeland Elementary Middle School- 2921 Stranden Rd., Baltimore, MD 21230
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
  • Westport Academy- 2401 Nevada St., Baltimore, MD 21230 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of every month

For more information on the MedStar Health mobile health center, click here.

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About MedStar Health

At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.

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Debra Schindler
Phone: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

 

MedStar Health Names David Stein MD, Regional Chief of Surgery

BALTIMORE— MedStar Health has named colorectal surgeon, David Stein, MD, Regional Chief of Surgery for MedStar Health and Chairman of Surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

In the dual leadership role, Dr. Stein will oversee quality, safety and market leadership initiatives for MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, and lead a sweeping optimization plan for the new 82,000-square foot surgical pavilion now under construction at MedStar Franklin Square. Read more.

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

MedStar Harbor Hospital Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

BALTIMORE  – MedStar Harbor Hospital has achieved the international Baby-Friendly hospital designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, an organization known for setting the highest standards for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
While there are 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, only 604 hospitals in the US have achieved the designation.

The standards are built on ten evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant nursing support in the first days of life. These include skin-to-skin care in the baby’s first hours, rooming-in with the mom while at the hospital, avoiding pacifiers (to prevent nipple confusion) and no formula except when medically necessary.

MedStar Harbor Hospital provides an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for the hard work of our team members to achieve this designation,” said David Ghadisha, MD, OB hospitalist and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Harbor. “We are committed to providing the support, education and resources moms need to breastfeed while here, and continue nursing when they get home. It speaks to our commitment to making sure every woman who delivers a baby here be given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the healthiest start in life.”

The hospital will hold the designation for five years and will then be reevaluated.

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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.

About Baby-Friendly USA
As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA is responsible for upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care by coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. Learn more about Baby-Friendly USA and the BFHI at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

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

MedStar Harbor Hospital Secures Grant for Bike and Pedestrian Path

BALTIMORE—MedStar Harbor Hospital has been awarded a $500,000 grant to design a bicycle and pedestrian path to connect two major existing bike routes amid intensive planning to revitalize the 11-mile greater Middle Branch waterfront.

The Maryland Anchor SEED funding grant, awarded to the hospital and non-profit partners, Greater Baybrook Alliance and South Baltimore Gateway Partnership in November, will provide 30 percent of engineering design for the pathway. This critical step will allow the hospital and partners to apply for grants for construction, which is expected to cost around $3 million.

The three-mile bike and pedestrian path will span two jurisdictions and connect the BWI Trail in Anne Arundel County and the Gwynns Falls Trail in Baltimore City. The Gwynns Falls Trail currently has a trailhead adjacent to MedStar Harbor Hospital’s campus. It will offer safe access to southwest Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Gwynns Falls Park, a wildlife refuge and more.

 “This is an ambitious project that we hope will spur economic development along the Middle Branch waterfront, connect eight neighborhoods, encourage safe and healthy transportation, improve the environment by reducing car use, and improve the health of the community,” said Ryan Moran, director of community health for MedStar Health in Baltimore. “MedStar Harbor Hospital is committed to transforming and revitalizing its surrounding community, which faces economic challenges and poor health outcomes.”

About half of households in Cherry Hill and about a third in Curtis Bay do not have access to a car, but many roads in the area are unsafe for cyclists, pedestrians and those in wheelchairs.

“This project will help address one of the toughest problems in these communities – transportation barriers. This protected route will make it easier for residents to get to the Middle Branch Park, the soon-to-be developed Wellness Center in Reedbird Park, jobs, and health services at the hospital. It will connect these neighborhoods with a vibrant and attractive pathway and improve the quality of life for thousands of residents,” said Meredith Chaiken, executive director for Greater Baybrook Alliance. The design engineers will determine the exact route of the new path, which will travel along public streets, including a portion of South Hanover Street that has an existing unprotected bike lane. It will pass through the communities of Brooklyn and Brooklyn Park before connecting with the trailhead for the BWI Trail in Pumphrey. The engineers will offer protected and unprotected bike lane options depending on funding levels.

The project will be subject to approval by Baltimore and Anne Arundel County transportation departments. Design is expected to take about 18 months.

Baltimore City this summer selected a landscape architecture firm to invigorate the Middle Branch shoreline, which residents have complained is cut off from the rest of the city and suffers from disinvestment. MedStar Harbor Hospital’s campus is in the middle of the shoreline. The proposal would transform an old railroad bridge into an education center, turn the Hanover Street bridge into a park, add wetlands and have green public space for gatherings.

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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

Media Contact

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

MedStar Health to Stream Interactive Cancer Webcast on Facebook and YouTube

BALTIMORE—Cancer experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will discuss cancer prevention, detection and treatment options during a free interactive forum that will stream live from the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus to Facebook and YouTube, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Understanding Cancer: The Facts You Need to Know, features WMAR ABC News anchor Jamie Costello as the event’s host and moderator. Read more.

Media Contacts

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

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

MedStar Health Opens New Vein Center in Baltimore

MedStar Health has opened a new Vein Center in Baltimore that will be led by vascular surgeon Margaret Arnold, MD, FACS, who will bring a strong clinical background in the treatment of vascular and venous diseases and will focus her practice on treating varicose veins. Read more.

Media Contacts

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

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

MedStar Health to Host 13th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event

BALTIMORE—Baltimore-area residents can once again get a free flu shot without leaving their cars at two MedStar Health hospitals this fall.

The 13th annual drive-thru and walk-up flu shot clinic will be held at MedStar Harbor Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 5; and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (on the CCBC Essex Campus) on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Details are as follows:

MedStar Harbor Hospital Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or when supplies run out
Where: In the Orthopaedic Center Parking Lot, 2900 South Hanover Street

MedStar Franklin Square Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, or when supplies run out
Where: CCBC Essex Campus, Rossville Boulevard and College Drive

To learn more about the 13th annual drive-thru and walk-up flu shot clinic, please click here

Media Contact

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

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