MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Happy women

We recognize that health plays an important role in building and sustaining vibrant and strong communities. Based on our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), we have developed programs and services that address key areas of health for members of our community.

Improving community health

As a healthcare leader in the region, we play an important and significant role in advancing health and partnering with others to facilitate community health improvement.

Our efforts are guided in large part by the results of our CHNA, which we perform every three years. These efforts focus primarily on improving the health of underserved populations and addressing health disparities with the goal of achieving health equity.

Behavioral health resources

We are partnering with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) to deliver information on mental health conditions and resources available within our community.

To curb deaths from opioid overdose, we are joining efforts with the Baltimore City Health Department in the quest to train as many people as possible to administer naloxone, a life-saving medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdose.

Alleviating barriers

We know that health is a complex interplay between multiple variables of physical, social, and economic factors. We are proud to work with a number of community-based organizations to alleviate barriers to improving health status, such as addressing lack of access to healthy food, transportation, and job opportunities.

These initiatives collectively allow us to focus on population health—the improvement of health outcomes for the residents and surrounding areas that we serve.

Community program resources

Our work involves addressing chronic disease prevention and management for heart disease/stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. We offer evidence-based courses that focus in on helping you manage chronic diseases such as hypertension, pain, and arthritis. You can also find opportunities to participate in smoking cessation classes.

Classes and events

Community health events

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital frequently hosts events aimed at promoting better health in our community. Find an event that interests you.

To learn more about or attend community health and wellness classes, call 855-218-2435.

For more information about connecting area residents to services and resources that can help them live better and healthier lives, call 443-695-7813.

340B Drug Savings Program

The US Congress created the 340B Drug Savings Program to help hospitals that serve vulnerable communities expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for their communities.

Here’s how we implement the program: We use the savings generated from the 340B drug discount program to help keep pace with the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs, as well as to offer additional needed services to our community such as the ones described below.

Access to care for vulnerable populations

  • Breast and cervical cancer screening program

  • Colon cancer screening program

  • Prescription assistance

  • Palliative telemedicine program

  • Patient financial services

  • Bedside medical prescription delivery service

Health and wellness initiatives

  • Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment

  • Opioid survivor outreach program

  • Mental health and substance use education

Chronic disease education programs

  • Living well self-management programs

  • Diabetes prevention programs

  • Smoking cessation programs

  • Health education at health fairs and free flu shot clinics

  • Free support groups for stroke, Alcoholics Anonymous, aphasia, caregivers, and amputees

  • Yoga and tai chi

Addressing social determinants of health

  • Workforce development

  • Housing in collaboration with the City of Baltimore and Health Care for the Homeless

  • Internships through the Vivian T. Thomas Academy and Mercy High School

  • Transportation ride options in partnership with Uber

Parish nursing program

Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.

The purpose of the parish nurse program is to assist congregations in building health ministries that provide for their physical and spiritual well-being. Our parish nurse coordinator works within churches to provide education and referral resources and to build a network of nurses and other health professionals who can integrate faith beliefs and health management.

What can a parish nurse coordinator do for congregations?

Our coordinators seek to improve the life of our community by:

  • Assisting churches in the assessment of congregational needs and the development of health ministries

  • Supporting the developing health ministry by helping to plan and implement programs for the congregation

  • Offering ongoing professional support to church health ministries

  • Providing an array of services through MedStar Good Samaritan to support the congregation in its health ministry efforts

Parish nursing community outreach programs include:

  • Free and low-cost health screenings

  • Physician referrals

  • Diabetes and heart health programs

How can we help you?

To learn more about MedStar Good Samaritan's parish nurse program, or for help in identifying ways in which the program may benefit your congregation, please call 443-444-4793.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Our 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and 3-year implementation strategy identify our hospital's community benefit service area, the most important health priorities, and activities with measurable outcomes.

The CHNA uses a community-driven approach that supports the hospital in planning and carrying out community-based programming. This approach helps us to more effectively handle the health needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.

Reports to the community

Our reports to the community demonstrate the impact our classes, events, and programs are making in the Baltimore area: