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First-class care with a local address

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, we’ve got the most advanced medical technology available, all in a setting where you’ll get the personalized attention you deserve.

Located centrally in Olney, Maryland, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a proud member of MedStar Health and has a family of health care professionals dedicated to providing quality health care to the community we serve. According to our patients, our strength is in the care and compassion shown by our staff. We have been recognized and commended for our friendly staff and our commitment to meeting the health needs of Montgomery county and surrounding areas.

Hospital-wide changes build compassionate care

We’ve implemented changes across our hospitals, from bedside care on our inpatient units to outpatient departments such as physical therapy and radiology.

To provide compassionate, top-notch care for all older adults, we’ve made changes including:

  • Making sure patients and families understand the care plan for each day. We provide patient-centered care that puts older adults and their families at the center of all decision-making.
  • Helping patients stay active. Research shows that patients do better and go home faster if they spend more time out of bed.
  • Using positive language to communicate with older adults and families. For example, in the past we might have told a patient, “Don’t get out of bed without calling for us.” By listening to patient feedback we learned that some thought we didn’t want them to get out of bed. So now we say, “Let us know when you would like to get out of bed so we can help.”
  • Providing an 8 ½ x 11” Patient Handbook with large fonts for easy reading.
  • Modifying patient rooms to make them friendlier for older adults. All clocks are analog with hands and a contrasting background. Rooms have bed and chair alarms so we can help when patients want to move around. We’ve raised toilet seats so they’re more comfortable.
  • Offering meal trays with colored paper under bowls and plates, and colored straws that are easy to see against white cups. Also, we provide small cups that are easier to hold.
  • Making follow-up calls to patients after they go home to answer any questions they and their families have about home care or medications.

Staff training programs show us what older adults experience

Our goal is to see older adults as people—not just patients. At MedStar Health, we create a safer environment and help staff members understand how normal physical changes that occur with aging can affect a patient’s experience.

We provide training that helps staff members understand what it’s like to be an older adult. During these programs, staff may be asked to open pill bottles while wearing gardening gloves, which simulates the decreased coordination common in older adults. We ask employees to put cotton in their ears to mimic hearing loss, and then try to pass a hearing exam. Or walk with popcorn in their socks to feel what it’s like to have bunions on their feet.

All staff members are required to go through this training, so we can provide more compassionate care for older adults.

Reaching out to older adults in our community

Our work in improving the lives of older adults goes beyond helping patients in our hospitals and clinics. Each year we offer a Thriving as You Age health fair, where professionals provide advice on topics such as:

  • Medication management
  • Maintaining your health through diet and exercise
  • Planning for a healthy future
  • How to get a good night’s sleep 
  • Preventing injuries in your home
  • Protecting yourself from fraud

We also offer presentations for social groups on how we improve care for older adults, and participate in health fairs. If you would like to book a presentation, or are planning a health fair and would like to involve MedStar Health staff, contact our community outreach coordinator at 301-774-8761.

NICHE Exemplar Status (nurses improving care for healthsystem elders designation)

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, we understand that older adults have specialized needs. We tailor the patient experience in our hospitals and outpatient clinics so older adults will have everything that’s needed.

MedStar Montgomery has earned the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation. NICHE is a national program of the Hartford Institute at the New York University College of Nursing and is backed by 20 years of research into aging. It’s the only national geriatric nursing program that addresses the needs of older adults.

While we are proud to be a NICHE institution, we realized that all our staff–not only nurses–must recognize the needs of older adults. At MedStar Montgomery, we all improve the older adult experience.

Award winning excellence

The Joint Commission - Primary Stroke Center

Our comprehensive approach has earned us certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

Full Heart Failure Accreditation status by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Healthcare IT news

Best Hospital IT Department Winner from Healthcare IT News


Metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program (MBSAQIP)

The bariatric surgery program at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the MBSAQIP, signifying that it meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.


American College of Radiology

Ultrasound Accreditation


The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Cancer Center Accreditation with Commendation

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

Echocardiography Accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Services

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Accredited Sleep Center

Washingtonian “Top Doctors”


Congratulations to Our Physicians Named "Top Doctors" by Washingtonian

Over 50 doctors from MedStar Montgomery Medical Center were among the region's 2015 "Top Doctors" as reported in Washingtonian magazine.

"Top Doctors" are selected based on random survey of 7,000 physicians in the Washington metropolitan area who identify medical practitioners in 40 specialties in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. On behalf of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, congratulations to all of our physicians recently named "Top Doctors" by Washingtonian.

Amy Ampey | Obstetrics/Gynecology
Luther Ampey | Radiation Therapy
Cheryl Aylesworth | Oncology/Hematology
Joseph Ball | Pulmonology
Paul Bannen | Oncology/Hermatology
Jay Barnett | Dermatology Raymond Bass | Nephrology
Dawn Broderick | Internal Medicine
Linda Burrell | Oncology/Hematology
Barry Joseph Cohen | Plastic Surgery
Alan Diamond | Gastroenterology
Kenneth Eckmann | Neurology
Robert Fields | Internal medicine
Robert Finkel | Gastroenterology
Robert Fox | Vascular surgery
Gary Friedlander | Urology

Dennis Friedman | Cardiology
Robert Gallino | Cardiology
Lynda Goldberg | Family Practice
Barry Hecht | Nephrology
Philip Henjum | Internal medicine
Christopher Kalhorn | Neurosurgery
Kenneth Lee | Cardiology
Arnold Levy | Gastroenterology
John Marshall | Oncology/hematology
Christopher Mays | Internal medicine
Irving Mizus | Pulmonology
Robert Musselman | Gastroenterology
Nirjal Nikhar | Neurology
Eric Oristian | General surgery
Maureen Passaro | Endocrinology
Roberto Pedraza | Urology
Jeffrey Perlmutter | Nephrology

Chitra Rajagopal | Oncology/Hermatology
Mark Ratner | Urology
Barry Rubin | Gastroenterology
Michael Schindler | Gastroenterology
Philip Schwartz | Nephrology
Peter Sherer | Oncology/hematology
Richard Silva | Vascular surgery
Sameer Sofat | Cardiology
April Tweedt | Family Practice
Stephen Vaccarezza | Nephrologyme
Donald Vogel | Psychiatry
Jeffrey Wang | Vascular surgery
Jay Weiner | Pulmonology
Jonathan White | Urology
George Yeh | Hand surgery