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.

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MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Program Honored for Exceeding Standards

Earns Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer

BALTIMORE—(June 12, 2018)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals have been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation – indicating it exceeded the standard requirements – for their regional cancer program by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn the CoC accreditation, the MedStar Health Cancer Network must meet or exceed the organization’s quality care standards and maintain excellence in patient-centered care. The cancer program is reevaluated every three years. The MedStar Health Cancer Network exceeded standard requirements in six areas.

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Carrie Wells
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MedStar Health Cancer Network to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Baltimore—(April 25, 2016)—The MedStar Health Cancer Network has joined forces with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable by pledging to support the “80% by 2018” initiative – a nationwide goal to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% in the next two years.

The Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, joins the shared commitment to raise the bar on the percentage of adults aged 50 and older who get regular colorectal screenings from 65% in 2010 to 80% in 2018. By achieving an 80% screening rate for colorectal cancer by 2018, research shows that 277,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030.

“In our ongoing commitment to keep our community healthy, the Cancer Network is proud to take this pledge and unite with organizations nationwide in the fight to prevent and eliminate colorectal cancer,” said Albert J. Aboulafia, MD, Medical Director, MedStar Health Cancer Network. “Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and treatable, but you have to catch it early. By raising awareness of the importance of early detection and working together to increase screening rates, the “80% by 2018” initiative will help save thousands of lives.”  

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. by men and women combined; however it is one of only few cancers that can be prevented. Both highly detectable and treatable, colorectal cancer can be prevented through screening. Through screening, doctors are able to find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous.

The goal is shared by health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups, among others, who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

Click here for more information about the “80% by 2018” initiative. To learn more about colorectal cancer care at MedStar Health, click here

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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.

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

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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

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MedStar’s Baltimore Region Cancer Network Earns National Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer

Baltimore—(June 2, 2015)—MedStar's Baltimore Region Cancer Network has been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

 “MedStar Health Cancer Network recognizes the importance of our multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer,” said Phyllis Gray, vice president of Oncology for the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “We are proud of our commitment to providing the best possible care and outcome. This achievement speaks to the quality of our program and the opportunity to impact lives because of the team focus on a complex group of diseases. Cancer treatment relies on consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.”

 To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

 The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the four Baltimore MedStar Hospitals to improve the quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

 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 Commission on Cancer (CoC)

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, 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.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer

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MedStar Health Physicians Named 2014 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

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Baltimore — (November 14, 2014) — MedStar Health is proud to announce that 85 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2014 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.

  • Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor
  • Albert Aboulafia, MD, Surgical Oncology – Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Orthopaedics – Pediatric, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Khalid Al-Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology & Interventional Radiology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Michael Auerbach, MD, Hematology/Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Cengiz Aygun, MD, Radiation Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Nathan Berger, MD, IVF, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Marie Bellantoni, MD, Endocrinology/Diabetes Care, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Troy Brijbasi, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Issam Cheikh, MD, Endocrinology/ Diabetes Care, MedStar Union Memorial
  • David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine/Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Lou Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Mark Diamond, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Michael Dvorkin, MD, Orthopaedics: General & Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Frank Ebert, MD, Joint Replacement Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Maen Farha, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • P. Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-Rectal, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Mike Fiocco, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology – General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Ziv Gamliel, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • David Golden, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Greg Guyton, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Matthew Hansen, MD, Pain Management, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Daniel Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Rick Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • Jim Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Barbara Howard, MD, Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Chris Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Art McTighe, MD, Pathology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Anis Merson , MD, Psychiatry: General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • William Mitcherling, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Stephen Noga, MD, Oncology: Lymphoma & Bone Marrow Trans., MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • Atsuko Okabe, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Kevin Rossiter, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Lisa Rubin, MD, Gynecology and Women's Health & Minimally Invasive Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Lisa Savoie, MD, Colo-Rectal , MedStar Franklin Square
  • Lew Schon, MD, Foot & Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Mitchell Schwartz, MD, Intensivists/Critical Care & Pulmonary, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Kevin Schendel, MD, Internal Medicine- General, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Stephen Selinger, MD, Intensivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor
  • John Senatore, MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Richard Shapiro, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Elias Shaya, MD, Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan
  • Martin Sheridan, MD, Pulmonary, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Samir Shureih, MD, Cosmetic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Manav Singla, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Peter Sloane, MD, Intensivists/ Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial
  • 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, Breast Surgery, Plastic Surgery: Breast & Plastic Surgery: Body Contouring, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Adrienne Suggs, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Christopher You, MD, Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square
  • Neal Zimmerman, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial
  • Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square

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 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. 

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award) and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member 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.

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