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MedStar Health Earns Five-Star Ranking for Commitment to Patient Safety

COLUMBIA, MD— The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving patient safety, has awarded MedStar Health with its Five-Star Hospital ranking. MedStar Health was recognized for its role in the development of the Foundation’s evidence-based Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) – processes designed to help hospitals eliminate the leading causes of preventable patient harm in hospitals. Most notable, MedStar Health contributed to the development of Actionable Patient Safety Solutions in the topic areas of culture of safety, falls and fall prevention, patient and family engagement, patient safety education and early detection of sepsis.  Participating in the…

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Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Serves Up Surprise Breakfast Treat for Young Patients

Washington, D.C. – For kids who spend time in the pediatric hematology clinic at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, it’s not uncommon to see Washington Capitals decorations, art projects, giveaways or even players hoping to help in their recoveries. But a Caps-themed breakfast treat? This was something new. “I actually had my appointment here today, and it was a surprise!” said 10-year-old patient Nathan Job. Breakfast of Champions The excited group of clinic patients burst into smiles and rushed to the door as their mystery delivery person, all-star center Alex Ovechkin, walked in to share his new honey-nut cereal ‘Ovi O’s.’…

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MedStar Health Facilities Win National Awards for Environmental Sustainability

MedStar Health’s environmental and sustainability strategies have been recognized through several national awards. This past year, our 10 hospitals received a total of 12 Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. “Throughout MedStar Health we know that sustainability is essential to better care for our patients, for our communities, and for the planet,” says Jerry Adams, Director, Environmental & Safety Compliance for MedStar Health and chair of the Corporate Environmental Leadership Committee. The Committee works on projects like recycling and other environmental efforts at hospitals in the system. “In health…

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Wyoming Boy with Rare Cancer Receives New Liver Operation to Cure Disease for First Time at MedStar Georgetown

When Jessica Fritz noticed an unusual yellowing tint to her then 6-year-old son Triton’s complexion one day in 2017, she was wary of the clinicians in her town in Wyoming who were dismissing her concerns.  “I demanded blood work to get to the bottom of it,” says Fritz. “I just knew something wasn’t right.” Testing showed that Triton’s jaundiced appearance was due to a cancerous liver tumor called Rhabdomyosarcoma.  The tumor was blocking one of the ducts that usually empties bile into the liver. The tumor was so extensive it involved the pancreas as well as the liver and bile…

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