Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Our commitment to advancing health met an unprecedented challenge in the past year, as we balanced efforts to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to anticipate and serve the non-COVID-19 healthcare needs of our communities. At MedStar Health, we pride ourselves on using the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients across our 10 hospitals; more than 300 ambulatory, physician, and urgent care locations; and through telehealth and home care services. Through technological advancements, enhanced access options and new approaches for care delivery, we upheld our commitment to serve our communities throughout a global healthcare crisis, ensuring our patients received the care they needed in the safest possible environment.
Applying a holistic approach to health and wellness, even amidst the most challenging of times, MedStar Health aims to enhance health outcomes through better care that emphasizes prevention, builds awareness and fosters independence—especially in underserved communities adversely impacted by disease, health disparities and socioeconomic barriers to optimal health. Community education and partnerships remain critical to achieving this goal.
The 2020 Report to the Community illustrates our ongoing journey to advance health through population health programming, including Safe Streets Baltimore, which connects victims of violent crime with experienced community responders, as well as an initiative that aims to combat the opioid crisis by limiting the availability of unused prescription drugs. Innovative care options developed in response to the pandemic include virtual childbirth and infant care classes for new mothers-to-be and drive-through COVID-19 testing. Through several preventive care initiatives, including a colorectal cancer screening program, at-risk patients gain knowledge and tools that empower them to manage their own health.
We remain privileged to serve and contribute to the health and well-being of our communities. Supporting a healthier community benefits each of us, but it is also about living our promise—It’s how we treat people.
Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President & CEO
Stephen R.T. Evans, MD
Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer