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
debra.schin[email protected]

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

MedStar Health Hospitals are First in Maryland to Offer Fentanyl Test Kits

BALTIMORE—MedStar Health’s three Baltimore City hospitals are the first hospitals in the state to offer patients in the Emergency Department free test kits to detect the presence of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid fueling an epidemic of fatal drug overdoses.

The fentanyl test kits initiative, which launched today, is part of a larger effort in recent years by MedStar Health to identify patients at risk of drug overdose and pair them with a peer recovery coach who can connect the patient with recovery resources. The test kits will be distributed at MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Good Samaritan hospitals.

Fentanyl, which can be added to heroin, cocaine or pills without the person being able to detect it, is linked to most drug overdose deaths in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Health. Fentanyl was linked to 1,888 overdose deaths in Maryland in 2018, with 2,143 opioid overdose deaths overall, according to the MDH. Baltimore City had 758 deaths linked to fentanyl in 2018, by far the largest number of any jurisdiction in the state.

“Studies have proven that individuals experiencing substance use disorder will change behavior and interactions with substances if the presence of fentanyl is known,” said Ryan Moran, the director of community health for MedStar Health’s three Baltimore hospitals. “If they know fentanyl is present, they can take steps to reduce the risk of overdose, such as taking less of the substance, not using alone, using with a naloxone rescue kit nearby, or complete abstinence. This initiative will save lives and will allow our peer recovery coaches more time to build a rapport with patients so that they can assist them in seeking and/or continuing treatment and recovery. It is a key aspect of our mission to serve our communities in addition to providing harm reduction services and evidence-based healthcare.”

The initiative is part of a larger strategy to provide support to individuals experiencing substance use disorder. In 2016, MedStar Health launched the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) program, in which patients are screened in Emergency Departments for drug overdose risk factors and given referral and resources for treatment. In 2018, MedStar Health started the Opiate Overdose Survivor’s Outreach Project (OSOP), a program to connect opioid overdose survivors with peer recovery coaches who have lived experience with substance use disorder in their past. The coaches stay in touch with patients after they leave the hospital, providing support and education.

MedStar Health has bought 2,000 test kits so far to distribute and intends to continue the program if supplies run out.

The test kits will be distributed in the Emergency Department by peer recovery coaches who work one-on-one with high risk patients. Patients can take a small portion of the drug substance and mix it with fluid in a tube, dipping the test strip inside. The strips don’t indicate how much fentanyl is present, instead giving a positive or negative result. Even if the test is negative, individuals should be aware that they can still overdose.

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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.

MedStar Harbor Hospital Joins Safe Streets Initiative

Hospital-Based Responders Will Work to Reduce Violence in Community, Help Victims

BALTIMORE—MedStar Harbor Hospital has joined Baltimore’s Safe Streets initiative, an evidence-based violence interruption and prevention program, as part of a larger effort to serve its community. Two responders are installed in the hospital’s emergency department to intervene with victims of violent crime.

Safe Streets is a Baltimore health department initiative that funds community-based organizations to employ “street smart” community members whose own experience with violence gives them a personal connection to victims.

The two responders at MedStar Harbor Hospital will deescalate and mediate disputes that could otherwise lead to violence and work to prevent retaliation. The responders will also serve as positive role models and help connect victims and perpetrators with jobs, education and other resources to help them live better lives.

“Violence is a public health crisis and we at MedStar Harbor Hospital want to do our part to try to reduce it,” said Ryan Moran, MedStar Health Director of Community Health – Baltimore City. “Safe Streets is an established, evidence-based program that has been proven to be effective. This is another tool for us to improve the health of our community.” 

MedStar Harbor Hospital has hired one full-time responder and one part-time responder who will work out of the emergency department on evenings and weekends. The hospital’s program launched in March and is connected to an established program in the nearby Cherry Hill community.

The initiative follows other recent efforts by MedStar Harbor Hospital to provide holistic, wrap-around services to its community. In the last three years, MedStar Harbor Hospital has started a program to connect patients to substance abuse treatment, installed community health advocates to work directly with vulnerable patients and help them navigate social services, offered free trainings in the overdose prevention drug Narcan, and provided weeks of home-delivered, healthy food.

“Instead of simply treating patients and sending them home, MedStar Harbor Hospital is a true community resource and a positive force for good,” Moran said. “The community should feel that this hospital isn’t just a good place to go when they’re sick – but a hub and anchor where they can access resources to help them live better lives.”

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About MedStar Harbor Hospital

After more than a century of healing, MedStar Harbor Hospital is a mainstay in the community, serving patients from Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties at our convenient waterside location, with the services of a large, regional medical center in a smaller, more personal environment. With more than 350 affiliated physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,200 associates, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. From general medicine and surgery, obstetrics, diabetes, pain management, arthritis, orthopaedics, and geriatrics to cardiology and urology, and now behavioral health, our team of caring physicians and associates serves the unique needs of every patient.

In 2016, MedStar Harbor Hospital was named a top hospital in Maryland and in the Baltimore metro area by U.S. News & World Report, receiving high performance ratings in specialty areas, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Gynecology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Heart Failure, Pulmonology, and Orthopaedics.

MedStar Health Cancer Network Hosts Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon

Annual Event Honors Survivors, Loved Ones and Highlights Ongoing Challenges

About 600 cancer survivors, their caregivers and their loved ones will gather June 2 for the 5th annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon, an event hosted by the MedStar Health Cancer Network that highlights the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face and honors their journey in treatment. Read more.

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]