MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Baltimore—(May 20, 2016)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2016 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2016 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by introducing a new waste separation and recycling program into its operating rooms. As a result, regulated waste generate in the operating rooms was reduced from 78 percent to only 10 percent. Following the lead of sister hospitals MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial, MedStar Franklin Square joined their partnership with The Arc Baltimore, sending electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In its first year, MedStar Franklin Square collected an estimated 5,947 pounds of electronics for The Arc.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan focused on the conservation of water and energy. By upgrading to a more efficient sterilizer, the hospital was able to cut the cycle time by more than half, using less overall electricity and reducing the water used per cycle from 111 gallons to 33 gallons. In addition, the hospital donated 6,656 pounds of electronics, including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers, scanners and WOW carts. Furthermore, MedStar Good Samaritan renovated its endoscopy area by including LED lights, sensor lighting, hands-free sinks, wireless monitors, energy efficient monitors, and removing nitrous oxide canisters.
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital focused on the reduction of Styrofoam use and decreased use of regulated medical waste bags. By eliminating Styrofoam coffee cups throughout the hospital, and replacing Styrofoam to-go containers in the cafeteria with a wrapping station, the hospital was able to achieve a 35% reduction in Styrofoam use. In 2015, MedStar Harbor reached its lowest amount of regulated medical waste yet, continuing to maintain the best-in-class rate achieved the previous year. The success is attributed to education and re-education on the proper disposal of waste to associates, particularly those who serve in the operating rooms and on the environmental services team.
  • MedStar Union Memorial continued their award-winning recycling partnerships, donating 9,089 pounds of electronics including monitors, PCs, laptops, printers and scanners. In addition, the hospital donated a total of 855 pounds of medical supplies to the Globus Relief and shoes for Project Sole. MedStar Union Memorial also focused efforts on greening its operating rooms, diverting 4,502 pounds of material from landfill or reduced medical waste processing. Due to its operating room reprocessing programs, MedStar Union Memorial saved $23,111 by purchasing back reprocessed items.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 19 in Dallas, Texas.

 To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, click here.

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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 Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

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MedStar Health Baltimore Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Baltimore—(May 15, 2015)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2015 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint.

As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms.

Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2014 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts by implementing new strategies hospital wide to increase the practice of more efficient and healthier cleaning. The use of green-certified cleaners; the adoption of green cleaning methods; and the use of new technology, including the Xenex robotic disinfection system; have helped to reduce  waste, water and energy, improving air quality for the hospitals patients, visitors and associates.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized regionally for its garden initiatives. The “Grow…for Good Garden” at MedStar Good Samaritan was named the third “Best Community Garden in Baltimore City” by Charm City Farm and Garden Tour. The hospital makes a strong effort to include not only associates, but also the community in its garden project. In 2014, a diversified group, including local students and senior citizens, joined the team to help operate the on-site garden, growing a rotating crop of plants and vegetables throughout the year. The hospital also partners local organizations, including the food bank at Govens Community Center and Our Daily Bread, to donate fresh local produce to those in need in the community.
  • MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,800,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Union Memorial continues to increase sustainability awareness throughout its hospital by upgrading the initiatives that built its programs strong foundation. In addition to an array of engagement activities, a solid set of support services have driven a cultural change throughout the organization. Progressive programs in waste management, including the New2U office furniture and supply recycling program, has resulted in a reduce, reuse, reprocess and recycling rate of 32 percent, collectively. Additionally, the food services department has an 11-prong sustainability program and the environmental services department has adopted green certified cleaners and innovative sterilization technology.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of chemicals. The award recognizes MedStar Good Samaritan as a top facility in eliminating toxic chemicals by not only increasing its compliance with chemical regulations and guidelines, but by also going beyond those regulations to develop a framework for choosing safer chemicals whenever and wherever possible.

MedStar Harbor received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated one of the most hazardous chemicals—mercury—from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to prevent it from re-entering the facility.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on May 14 in Portland, OR.  

To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, 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.

 

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org.

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MedStar Harbor Hospital Recognized for Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

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 BALTIMORE—(April 14, 2015)MedStar Harbor Hospital has received the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award, a national recognition endorsing the hospital’s continued commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. As a recipient of the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines Award, MedStar Harbor demonstrates continuing efforts to improving the lives of stroke patients by advancing care and outcomes.

“Being honored for providing safe and excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive,” said Stuart M. Levine, MD, FACP, vice president of Medical Affairs at MedStar Harbor.  “This national achievement demonstrates the commitment of our entire stroke team, which works tirelessly each and every day to guarantee quality care for our patients.”

To receive the award, MedStar Harbor achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

The measures focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

“We are pleased to recognize MedStar Harbor for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

Get With The Guidelines is the AHA/ASA’s collaborative performance improvement program, demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke. The program provides hospitals with quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

To learn more about the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines program, click here.

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. medstarhealth.org

 About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.

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MedStar Harbor Hospital Names New Leadership, Welcomes Stuart M. Levine, MD, FACP as Vice President of Medical Affairs

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BALTIMORE — (December 3, 2014) — MedStar Harbor Hospital welcomes Stuart M. Levine, MD, FACP, as vice president of Medical Affairs, effective December 1. Bringing operational and medical leadership experience from within the MedStar Health system, Dr. Levine will provide clinical oversight and medical direction to the hospital’s more than 400 physicians, representing over 30 medical and surgical specialties.

In his new role as vice president of Medical Affairs at MedStar Harbor, Dr. Levine will be responsible for process improvement, programmatic growth and improved patient and physician satisfaction. He will also serve as a liaison between the medical staff, senior management and administration, including the hospital President and Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Levine as a valuable new member of our leadership team,” said hospital President Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE. “Bringing a wealth of skills, experience and commitment, Dr. Levine will serve as a driving force in helping MedStar Harbor in fulfilling our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care.”

Dr. Levine joins MedStar Harbor after a four-year tenure as the vice chairman of Strategic Growth and Research in the Department of Medicine at MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals. In this role, Dr. Levine was instrumental in the conception, development and implementation of a several major initiatives including a health services research program, a new inpatient medical service structure, and a readmissions reduction effort.

In addition, he served as the medical director of the Good Health Center at MedStar Good Samaritan, overseeing the daily operations of a 20-employee, regulated health and wellness and chronic disease management center.

Dr. Levine joined MedStar Health in 2010 as a board certified rheumatologist at MedStar Good Samaritan. He will continue to see patients at MedStar Harbor.

After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Levine continued his training with an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in rheumatology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

To learn more about the leadership team at MedStar Harbor, click here.

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.

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Recognized for Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Baltimore—(June 25, 2014)—In recognition of their leadership in environmental sustainability, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals have been honored with the 2014 “Partner for Change” award. Granted by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, the award is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. The “Partner for Change” award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas. Part of MedStar Health, a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial have converted their environmental challenges into sustainability goals and objectives across the system. Their efforts have aimed to aggressively reduce regulated medical waste generation and uniquely engage the community in their mission to reduce their environmental footprint. As a system, efforts include various initiatives such as sustainability in food services; comprehensive waste segregation; integrated pest management; and the reformulation, reprocessing and reuse of surgical devices in the operating rooms. Individually, each hospital participates in an array of engagement activities and innovative programs essential to establishing and maintaining best management practices. Notable achievements recognized by Practice Greenhealth in 2013 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • MedStar Franklin Square expanded its efforts with the implementation of the Xenex robotic disinfection system. Using pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light to clean all patient rooms, emergency rooms and surgical suites, the machine eliminates the use of chemical residue as a result of cleaning. In addition, the hospital has adopted several green cleaning methods including reusable microfiber mops. Using only 1/7th of the amount of chemicals and water absorbed by a normal mop, the reusable microfiber mops are estimated to save 65,640 gallons of water annually.
  • MedStar Harbor continued to see a downward trend in regulated medical waste and an upward trend in recycling. Through a partnership with Reduction In Motion, a sustainability and waste consultant, MedStar Harbor has cut its regulated medical waste by more than 1,700,000 pounds annually.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial have teamed up, making a strong effort to include associates and the community in their sustainability agenda. Through a partnership with The Arc Baltimore, hospital associates segregated and sent electronics to be repaired or recycled by adults with disabilities, employed by the organization. Repaired electronics are then offered for sale at a low rate to the people and families they support. In 2013, the hospitals collectively have sent nearly 13,808 pounds of material, including desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and scanners, to The Arc.

In addition to the “Partner for Change” award, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial received added recognition from Practice Greenhealth. MedStar Good Samaritan was also honored with a “Circles of Excellence” award for its outstanding performance in health care sustainability in the area of food. New this year, the “Circles of Excellence” acknowledges the highest scoring facilities in each category of the “Partner for Change” award. In addition to its efforts in food procurement, as well as food waste reduction and composting, MedStar Good Samaritan was recognized for its weekly produce stand and on-site associate and community garden. MedStar Union Memorial received additional recognition for its commitment to becoming mercury free. The “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from the products it uses and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free. The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at CleanMed, an annual national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability held on June 5 in Cleveland, OH. To learn more about the Practice Greenhealth awards, 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 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.medstarhealth.org

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.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit practicegreenhealth.org. 

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MedStar Harbor Hospital Named Maryland’s Only Nine-Time Winner of Quality Excellence Award

BALTIMORE—(June 4, 2014)—MedStar Harbor Hospital has been awarded the Quality Excellence Award for the ninth time, more than any other hospital in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware region. Bestowed by the Delmarva Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit health care quality improvement organization, MedStar Harbor adds 2014 to its unprecedented list of years as a recipient (2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013).

“I’m honored to acknowledge our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and associates who continue to raise the bar on patient care — exceeding standards and redefining excellence — for the members of our community,” said MedStar Harbor President Dennis Pullin. “This prestigious recognition from the Delmarva Foundation further validates the unmatched level of quality care that I witness day in and day out within the walls of our hospital.”

The Quality Excellence Award recognizes individual hospital performance improvement in four national inpatient clinical areas – acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia. To receive the award, hospitals must meet or exceed the following criteria and requirements:

  • Improved individual performance measure rate to 90 percent or above for all four quarters on 10 required inpatient measures
  • Annual aggregate performance measurement rate aggregate rate of 96 percent or above

For more information about the Quality Excellence Award, click here.

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. medstarhealth.org

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MedStar Harbor Hospital Receives High Performance Ratings by U.S. News & World Report

Baltimore(July 16, 2013)—MedStar Harbor Hospital has been named a top hospital in Maryland and in the Baltimore metro area by U.S. News & World Report, receiving high performance ratings in ten specialty areas including in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leader in quality care,” said MedStar Harbor President Dennis Pullin. “This prestigious recognition reflects the strong performance of our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and associates and speaks volumes of the level of excellence we provide our patients each and every day.”

This year’s “Best Hospitals,” the 24th annual edition, ranks top hospitals in 16 different specialties from cancer to urology. Factors to measure performance include technology, hospital’s reputation among physicians, patient satisfaction and quality measures such as survival rates and nurse to patient ratio.

U.S. News created the “Best Hospitals” ranking system to identify the best medical centers for the most difficult patients—those whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty, or other medical issues that add risk.

MedStar Harbor shares the top list with several MedStar Health sister hospitals. A total of eight MedStar facilities were ranked as top regional hospitals, including MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in the Baltimore region; and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar National Rehab Network and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the Washington, D.C., region. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital was ranked in both Maryland and the 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 and 2013.

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. medstarhealth.org

About US News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, publisher of news and information, which includes www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com, as well as the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine. U.S. News publishes annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals.

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