MedStar Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2016 Nurses of the Year

Baltimore—(May 13, 2016)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals named their 2016 Nurses of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the knowledge, skill and compassion of the entire nursing team, who deliver quality and innovative patient care every day.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals paid tribute to nurses during the annual National Nurses Week celebrations held May 6 to 12. Nursing’s top honor was given to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice and raising the bar on patient care.

MedStar Health thanks the 2016 Nurses of the Year, and all of its nurses, for the high level of service and dedication they provide day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of its patients, their families and the communities it serves.

Congratulations to the following 2016 Nurse of the Year recipients:

Patricia Walker, RN, ICU, MedStar Franklin Square

Leila Ignacio-Macale, RN, ICU, MedStar Good Samaritan

Darla Crews, RN, Orthopaedics/Pediatrics Unit, MedStar Harbor

Linda Young, RN, Cardiovascular Recovery, MedStar Union Memorial  

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, 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.

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz
Phone: 410-554-2781
Email:[email protected]

MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Network Receives 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

 CommissionCancer logo

Baltimore—(August 11, 2015)—The MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Network has been awarded the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). As one of only 20 programs in the nation and one of two in Maryland to receive the award, the Cancer Network joins an elite group to be endorsed nationally for achieving excellence and delivering the highest standards of cancer care.

“This national recognition further validates the Cancer Network’s commitment to not just meeting national standards, but exceeding them,” said Phyllis Gray, vice president of Oncology for the MedStar Health Cancer Network.“It is through the collaboration and dedication of our entire team—surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses and cancer support staff —that our program strives to raise the bar to deliver our cancer patients with the very best care and outcomes.”

The Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. The Cancer Network was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards. 

The Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards and are committed to ensuring high quality cancer care. The award raises awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the country. In addition, the award is intended to:

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs
  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options

 Click here to learn more about the Award. To learn more about the Cancer Network, click here.

 

About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

Comprised of four MedStar Health hospitals, the MedStar Health Cancer Network represents a true collaboration in cancer care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced based quality, care with a focus on service and easy access.

 

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 the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.  The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.  For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz
Phone: 410-554-2781
Email: [email protected]

MedStar Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2015 Nurses of the Year

MedStar Harbor, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Honor Nurses during Annual Nurses Week Celebration

Baltimore—(May 12, 2015)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals named their 2015 Nurses of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the knowledge, skill and compassion of the entire nursing team, who deliver quality and innovative patient care every day.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals paid tribute to nurses during the annual National Nurses Week celebrations held May 6 to 12. Nursing’s top honor was given to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice and raising the bar on patient care.

 MedStar Health thanks the 2015 Nurses of the Year, and all of its nurses, for the high level of service and dedication they provide day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of its patients, their families and the communities it serves.

Congratulations to the following 2015 Nurse of the Year recipients:

 Melissa Miller, RN, Medicine Services, MedStar Franklin Square


Mary Emerson, RN, IV Therapy, MedStar Good Samaritan

 

Anissa Andrzejewski, RN, Women and Infants' Center, MedStar Harbor

Connie Lance-Melton, RN, Medical Surgical, MedStar Union Memorial

 

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

 To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, 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.

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]

MedStar Health Nurses Recognized as Top in Region by Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore—(April 15, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce nine of its Baltimore hospital nurses have been recognized as the region’s top nurses by Baltimore magazine’s inaugural “Excellence in Nursing” 2015 survey.

In the first annual “Excellence in Nursing” survey, Baltimore magazine solicited nominations from peers, supervisors and patients of registered nurses, who represent the finest in their field. To arrive at the results of the survey, a panel of RN advisors, appointed by the Maryland Nurses Association and major local hospitals, reviewed nominations and selected the top candidates under 18 different nursing specialties.

The following nurses, covering a variety of specialties, from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, were named 2015 top nurses by Baltimore magazine:

Cardiovascular
Natalie Droski, RN, MedStar Franklin Square
Betheen Weed, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Community Care/Ambulatory Care
Susan Haskell, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Nurse Education
Carol Esche, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Intensive Care
Nicole Henninger, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Medical-Surgical Nursing
Ashley Wells, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Orthopaedics
Stacie Roles, RN, MedStar Union Memorial

Research
Joan Warren, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

School Health
Calvert Moore, RN, MedStar Harbor


The winners were announced at a reception at The Center Club on April 14, and are featured in the May issue of Baltimore magazine, now on stands.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, 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.

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
[email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals Name 2014 Nurse of the Year

Baltimore—(June 17, 2013) — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor Hospitals have named their 2014 Nurse of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the dedication, commitment and passion of the entire MedStar Health nursing team. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital will also honor the tradition of naming a Nurse of the Year in November. MedStar Health values its nursing team for the dedication and service they provide to patient care every day. It’s through the commitment of skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate nurses, who champion for patients during the most vulnerable moments of their lives, that nursing excellence rises to the top. MedStar Health recognizes the role nurses have in the patient experience and ensuring quality outcomes. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor acknowledged their nurses during their annual Nurses Week celebrations in May. Nursing’s top honor was awarded to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice. Congratulations to the 2014 Nurse of the Year recipients:

  • Ashley Wells, RN, Charge Nurse, Surgical Unit, MedStar Franklin Square With the respect and admiration of her team, Wells is referred to by her peers as a role model charge nurse and transformational leader. She uses a proactive approach to provide structure, balance and consistency within the unit. Wells encourages a culture of safety and is engaged in every aspect of quality on the unit and in the organization. Dedicated to improving outcomes and enhancing the patient experience, Wells seizes opportunities to improve her practice and approach, while also providing support and mentorship to both new and seasoned staff.
  • Megan Van Hoy, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Good Samaritan Van Hoy exemplifies the definition of what a nurse should be, giving 100 percent to her patients and their families, as well as her peers, each and every day. She is described as a nurse who listens to patients’ concerns and responds efficiently and effectively. As a charge nurse, she makes sure that not only the needs of patients are met but she anticipates the needs of the family as well. Van Hoy embraces change and innovation and is not afraid to speak up and suggest ways to improve patient care.
  • Amanda Rothenbecker, RN, Charge Nurse, Orthopaedic Unit, MedStar Harbor Rothenbecker’s peers describe her as professional, respectful, inspirational; her patients describe her as dedicated, compassionate, timely. Though these words are used to describe most nurses, Rothenbecker sets herself apart by effortlessly living each of these traits day in and day out. As a charge nurse, she exhibits the qualities of a natural leader with a strong commitment to excellence. She provides calming guidance in difficult situations, encourages teamwork towards innovative solutions, and refocuses efforts to meet the needs of those around her. Through her work on the Clinical Advancement Council and continuing education, Rothenbecker is committed to professional development in order to advance her career to become a nurse practitioner.

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, 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 not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with nine hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region. 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.

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:

Megan Lutz
Phone: 410-554-2781
Email: [email protected]