MedStar Union Memorial Ortho-Biologic Lab Research Wins International Award

Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD

BALTIMORE, Md.—(February 23, 2018)—New research from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital that found injecting stem cells into the bloodstream may help bone grafts heal better with fewer fractures and infection, earned first place recognition in the 13th World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS) in Miami, Jan. 26th, where 1500 attendees from 35 countries represented the science of regenerative medicine.

MedStar Union Memorial’s investigative team, led by Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD, the director of the Orthobiologic Laboratory in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Lew Schon, MD, chief of Foot and Ankle Services, discovered that injecting stem cells intravenously into mice that had received bone grafts, led to nearly twice as much formation of callus, the healing tissue that forms around the ends of broken bone.

“I’m very encouraged,” Zhang said. “The big advantage of this approach is that it’s not very invasive and the cells can be given multiple times.”

Dr. Zhang’s team used a bone allograft, or bone from living or deceased donor. Bone allograft is used in more than 1 million cases annually in the United States and Europe and is especially useful when a large portion of bone is needed.

Lew Schon, MD

Most allograft comes from cadavers. The bone undergoes a vigorous wash and sterilization before being stored in a deep freeze of -80 Celsius, to destroy all living cells. The allograft then is effectively dead, a consequence that increases the risk of the bone not bonding to the patient’s bone, fractures, infections and poor healing.

The treatment with the stem cells helps regenerate new bone on top of the donor bone, Dr. Zhang said.

Stem cells are often spread on the bone allograft before it’s transplanted into the body, but the researchers wanted to explore whether continuing to introduce stem cells into the body as it healed slowly over weeks or months would be more effective.

The researchers first gave the mice femur bone allografts. The allografts were coated with three different substances, alone or in combination with each other, to draw the stem cells to the new bone.

The researchers then gave the mice mesenchymal stem cells, which are adult stem cells found in bone marrow, intravenously at weeks one, two and three post-surgery. They found that the most effective therapy involved the intravenous stem cells and two substances that helped attract them to the bone, stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) and platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB).

The research is supported by a grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is 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 is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Earns Five-Star Rating from CMS

BALTIMORE—(January 4, 2018) —MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has earned five stars- the highest possible rating- from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Compare, a program designed to give consumers an overall review of quality of care. Only ten percent of the nation’s hospitals can claim the achievement.

Hospital Compare summarizes up to 57 quality measures in categories of mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. They are measured on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, and three being the national average score. CMS provides the data on its Hospital Compare website so that patients and families can make a side by side comparison when weighing the performance of hospitals they might choose for medical care.

MedStar Union Memorial rated above the national average in safety of care, readmissions and the efficient use of medical imaging.

“Hospital Compare is one tool in the tool box for patients and families to use when making decisions about where to go for healthcare,” said Bradley S. Chambers, president of MedStar Union Memorial, and Senior Vice President at MedStar Health. “We’re very proud of this achievement, especially as a high reliability organization, where we strive for transparent and consistent excellence in quality and safety for every patient, every day. This is a tremendous recognition which we can’t understate.”

The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.

Click here to learn more about the CMS Hospital Compare.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the only hand center designated by Congress as The National Center for the Treatment of Hand and Upper Extremity; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, the oldest hospital based Sports Medicine Program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is 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 is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement, CARF-accredited in inpatient rehabilitation and Curtis Work Rehabilitation Services, and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Media Contacts

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

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

MedStar Health Physicians Named 2016 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore—(November 2016)— MedStar Health is proud to announce that 118 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been recognized by Baltimore magazine in the much anticipated and highly coveted 30th annual edition of Top Docs, now on stands.

Physicians who grace the pages of the Top Docs edition are chosen by their peers who respond to a survey asking which physician they would most likely send their own family member to. Nearly 12,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in over one hundred specialties.

To learn more about these physicians, click here.

* MedStar Union Memorial physicians

Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor

Hatem Abdo, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Franklin Square  

Albert Aboulafia, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Bone and Tissue, MedStar Franklin Square

Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

Steven Adashek, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Khalid Al Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

*Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

*Rajah Ayash, MD, Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

Cengiz Aygun, MD, Radiation Oncology, MedStar Good Samaritan

Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

Harsha Bhagtani, MD, Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Henry Boucher, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

Troy Brijbasi, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Cynthia Buchman-Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

*Gregory Burgoyne, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

*Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial

*Issam Cheikh, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Katherine Day, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Franklin Square

Gabriel Del Corral, MD

*Luis Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

*Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial

William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

Michael Dvorkin, MD,  Orthopaedics: General, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

*Frank Ebert, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-rectal, MedStar Franklin Square

*Michael Fiocco, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Steven Fleisher, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology: General, MedStar Franklin Square

Frank Frassica, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

David Golden, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square

*Vinay Gupta, MD, Hepatobillary Surgery and Surgical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

*Gregory Guyton, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Matthew Hansen, MD, Pain Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Daniel Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Richard Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Carrie Hempel, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

*James Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Jeffrey Hobelmann, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Good Samaritan

Peter Holt, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Good Samaritan

Barbara Howard, MD,   Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square

Jeffrey Iding, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

*Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

Adrien Janvier, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

*Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial

Sankar Kausik, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Christopher Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Malik Kelly, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

*Camille Kodsi, MD, Anesthesia and Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

Pallavi Kumar, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Richard Lebow, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Mesfin Lemma, MD, Orthopedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Good Samaritan

Scott Lepre, MD (NRH), Inpatient Rehabilitation, MedStar Good Samaritan

*Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial

Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

*Nicholas Mantel, MD, Anesthesiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Stuart Miller, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

John Mitcherling, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan

Ziad Mirza, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

*Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

*Marc Mugmon, MD, Medical Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

*David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

James Parshall, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

Jeffrey Posner, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Joseph Puthumana, MD, Hospitalist, MedStar Union Memorial

*Salim Rizk, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

*Paul Sack, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

Samer Saiedy, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

*Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Kevin Schendel, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

*Lew Schon, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

*Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD, Allergy, MedStar Union Memorial

Stephen Selinger, MD, Intesivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square

*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

*Susan Shiber, MD, Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

*Alan Shikani, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Union Memorial

Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

*Manav Singla, MD, Allergy and Immunology: Pediatrics, MedStar Union Memorial

*Peter Sloane, MD, Critical Care and Pulmonary, 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, Plastic Surgery: Reconstrutive, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

Edward Steiner, MD

Raymond Sturner, MD, Developmental and Behavioral: Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

*Brian Swehla, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

*Daniel Teklay, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

*Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

Matthew Wallace, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

*John Wang, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

*Cindy Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

*David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Marcos Wolff, MD, Infectious Diseases, MedStar Franklin Square

Christopher You, MD,  Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square

*Neal Zimmerman, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

 

About MedStar Health

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

 

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MedStar Health Physicians Named 2015 “Top Docs” by Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore(October 28, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce that 92 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2015 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.

Below are the MedStar Union Memorial physicians recognized:  

To learn more about these physicians, click here.

Sarkis  Aghazarian, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

Raja Ayash, MD, Critical Care, Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

Nathan Berger, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, MedStar Union Memorial

George Bittar, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial

Issam Cheikh, MD, Diabetes/Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Frank Ebert, MD, Orthopaedic Joint, MedStar Union Memorial

Ibrahim Elsamanoudi, MD, Pain Management, MedStar Union Memorial

Veronica Epstein, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Maen Farha, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Vinay Gupta, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

Richard Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

James Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial

Christopher Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Ramesh Khurana, MD, Neurology/Headache, MedStar Union Memorial

Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial

Les Matthews, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Union Memorial

Arthur  McTighe, MD, Pathology, MedStar Union Memorial

Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Oncology: General, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Union Memorial

Marc Mugmon, MD, Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Peter Mulaikal, MD, Anesthesiology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

John Nesbitt, MD, Hematology, MedStar Union Memorial

John O'Donnell, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Union Memorial

Salim Rizk, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

Lew Schon, MD, Foot and Ankle Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD, Allergy/Immunology, MedStar Union Memorial

John Senatore , MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial

Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

Alan Shikani, MD, Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Malignancies, MedStar Union Memorial

Samir Shureih, MD, Plastic Surgery/Reconstructive , MedStar Union Memorial

Peter Sloane, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

Andrew Tucker, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

John Wang, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

About MedStar Health

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

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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 Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2015 Nurses of the Year

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor 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.

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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
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The Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Earns National Accreditation

BALTIMORE—(April 1, 2015) —The Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has received a three-year/full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), an endorsement demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of care. From routine mammography screenings to the detection and treatment of breast cancer, the accreditation, administered by the American College of Surgeons, further validates that MedStar Union Memorial provides exceptional breast health services.

To receive accreditation, MedStar Union Memorial voluntarily underwent rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor ongoing compliance on an annual basis and undergo an onsite review every three years.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Quality breast care close to home

 "This accreditation is a testament to the high level of care we provide to our breast cancer patients,” said Maen Farha, MD, FACS, medical director of the Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial. “From early diagnosis to cutting-edge treatment and the latest clinical trials, we are proud to offer our patients the strength and depth of a nationally recognized program designed to best meet their individualized needs.”

As one of few sites in the region and the country to participate in vaccine trials for breast cancer, the Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial features advanced technology and cutting-edge treatment options. The Center offers a full array of services to support breast health including breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, clinical trials, genetic counseling, and a wide range of support services — all in one convenient location. 

In addition, the Center is part of the MedStar Health Cancer Network, an alliance comprised of the expertise and resources of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, as well as MedStar Union Memorial. As part of the Network, patients at the Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial have access to comprehensive cancer care throughout the greater Baltimore region.

Click here to learn more about the Breast Center at MedStar Union Memorial.

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

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.

To learn more about these physicians, click here.

  • 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. 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.

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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MedStar Union Memorial Dietitian Robin Spence, RD, Named 2014 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital dietitian Robin Spence, MS, RD, LDN, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (MAND). Recognized for her service in educating and advocating for the field of dietetics, this award demonstrates Spence’s tireless commitment to improving the health and wellness of the community.

The highest honor bestowed by MAND, this award is presented yearly to one area dietitian who demonstrates excellence in work achievements; actively participates in national, state or district association activities; and contributes to allied professional and non-allied professional organizations.

“We are honored to recognize this outstanding dietitian for the significant steps she has taken over the past 35 years to strengthen our profession and our organization,” said Sonal Patel, MS, RD, LDN, president elect, MAND. “Her efforts, energy and skills are nothing less than remarkable.”

Beginning her career in 1978 as a nutritionist with the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore, Spence joined MedStar Union Memorial 10 years later as an inpatient dietitian, specializing in cardiovascular health. Working with top-ranked cardiologists to provide assessment and instruction to individuals with cardiovascular risk factors and disease, Spence assisted patients after open heart surgery, coronary artery stenting and heart attacks. Spence soon took on the role of outpatient dietitian, providing nutritional counseling to a variety of individuals ranging from bariatric patients trying to lose weight, to athletes looking to build their endurance.

Now focusing primarily on diabetes, Spence currently works with the MedStar Union Memorial Diabetes and Endocrine Center, providing nutrition counseling and meal planning to help patients control their diabetes. Dedicated to the patients of MedStar Union Memorial for the past 25 years, Spence is committed to promoting healthy living and preventing disease.

Spence contributes countless volunteer hours in the community. She is a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and MAND, as well as Dietetic Practice Groups for Weight Management, Diabetes Care and Education and Sports Nutrition & Cardiovascular Health. She sits on the MAND PAC committee and has served in the past as MAND secretary and nominating committee chair.

 

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.

Media Contact:

Megan Lutz
410-554-2781
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