MedStar Southern maryland Hospital Center

At MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, community benefit is an integral part of who we are. The physician who founded our hospital, Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD, MPH, FACS, wanted to build a center for health education and outreach along with a top medical center.

Today our hospital provides a range of charitable care, hands-on outreach, and many programs, support groups, and events throughout the year as we work to achieve this vision.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Serving the underserved and vulnerable

We’re proud to release our 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and our 3-year plan to implement its strategy. The program uses a community-driven approach that supports the hospital in planning and carrying out community-based programming to more effectively handle the health needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.

340B Drug Savings Program

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.

The savings generated from the 340B drug discount program are used by MedStar Southern Maryland 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

Cancer Screening Programs: We recognize the importance of early detection for cancer and have programs available for people who may not be able to afford these lifesaving screenings on their own. Additionally, our community outreach services are focused on empowering the community with information on the most common types of cancer in our area: breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.

Breast cancer: Many educational events are provided each year to educate participants on the importance of cancer screenings and prevention. Each October, the hospital hosts an Ask the Doctor event with hospital experts.

Prostate cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, especially African-American men, who make up more than 60% of the population in Prince George’s County. We provide prostate cancer information at several faith-based locations (churches/temples), screenings at the hospital, educational consultations, and navigation assistance for people with abnormal results. Each month, we host a Prostate Cancer Support group. 

Lung cancer rates in Prince George’s County are lower than the national and state rate. When lung cancer is caught early, it is more likely to be curable. To encourage earlier detection in our community, we provide free, low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screenings. We also provide lung cancer education during health fairs that include American Cancer Society lung cancer screening guidelines.

Patient Financial Services provide financial assistance to uninsured patients who reside within the communities by assisting with enrollment in publicly funded programs, referring patients to State or Federal Insurance Exchange Navigator resources, and assisting with other funding resources that may be available from other charitable organizations.

Transition Guides assist patients discharged to home from the hospital. The transition guide nurse meets the patient prior to discharge and calls the patient one day after discharge. The nurse contacts the patient’s physician for questions or concerns about the patient’s health.

Physicians in the Community: MedStar Health invests in physicians, nurses, specialists, and other clinical leaders to provide services in the communities we serve.

Social determinants of health

Community health workers provide advocates who work with patients to connect them to resources in the community, such as food pantries, paying for prescription medications, and transportation assistance throughout Charles and Prince George’s Counties.

Emergency Department Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a program for screening and identifying substance use disorder. The goal is to provide referrals for substance abuse treatment. Peer Recovery Coaches provide brief intervention and referrals to patients.

Health and wellness

Chronic disease prevention programs are offered throughout the year at low or no cost to the participants to influence education, self-management, and promote a living healthy. MedStar Southern Maryland offers classes, events, and activities to support a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Heart and diabetes health programs include blood pressure screenings, diabetes prevention, and management workshops.

New parent and breastfeeding programs: We offer maternal and child health classes to provide expert advice, support, and education before and after birth. We also have collaborated with Prince George’s Health Department on the Healthy Babies Initiative. Safe sleep support packages are given to all new families upon discharge.

Support groups: The following support groups are available for caregivers and the community:

    • - Mental health and substance abuse (NAMI)
    • - Prostate cancer
    • - Multiple sclerosis
    • - Diabetes
    • - Stroke

Workforce development

Summer internship programs give high school and college students from surrounding communities exposure to careers in health care for several weeks each summer in a variety of departments throughout the hospital.

Preceptorship program provides thousands of hours of staff time to preceptor students from various colleges in the region in associates, bachelors, and masters programs to provide support to newly qualified clinical positions.

Volunteer opportunities


Making a difference every day

At MedStar Southern Maryland, we are dedicated to providing a healing atmosphere of caring and personal attention. Our volunteers are a key component of that caring environment. They have been part of the strength of MedStar Southern Maryland since we opened, and they make it a truly special place.

Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer at MedStar Southern Maryland for many reasons. They find that giving their time benefits themselves as well.

Studies have shown that people who get involved in their communities tend to have better health and a more positive outlook on life. Volunteers make lasting friends and practice new skills. Best of all, volunteers get a great sense of pride and purpose from making a difference for our patients, their families, visitors, and our hospital staff.

Learn more at (301) 877-4553.

Activity areas

We try to find work that matches volunteer skills and interests when possible. Available areas include but are not limited to: 

  • The hospital's front desk

  • Surgical waiting areas

  • Nursing units

  • Registration areas in the labor and delivery and emergency departments

  • Radiology department

  • Case management

  • Medical records

  • Storeroom

  • Administrative areas 

Adult volunteers

Our adult volunteers, ages 18 and older, actively provide volunteer support to various departments throughout our hospital. These highly competent and compassionate individuals enhance the hospital’s mission by delivering an extra dimension of care and service to our patients, visitors, guests, and hospital staff. 

Adult volunteers attend monthly volunteer meetings to support each other as a team and receive important information about the hospital and volunteer program. Monthly meetings include guest speakers from our clinical and non-clinical hospital staff.

Patient ambassadors

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Our Patient Ambassadors create lasting impressions and foster a warm, friendly, and positive atmosphere for our patients while simultaneously assisting nursing staff with patient needs to give them more time to focus on clinical matters. Among other duties, Patient Ambassadors visit patients to:

  • Ensure cleanliness of rooms

  • Keep room supplies stocked and within reach

  • Deliver blankets, puzzles, and other personal care items

  • Refresh water/ice pitchers

  • Report patient concerns to an appropriate person to minimize wait times in response to patient call bells

Candy Stripers

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Most US hospitals have abandoned the Candy Striper program, yet our youth volunteer program is thriving. Our program blends tradition—delivering magazines, filling water pitchers, and answering phones—with education. 

Candy Stripers participate in lunch-and-learn sessions with physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and speech and physical therapists. Using a patient simulator called SimMan, they even perform hands-on medical procedures under the supervision of an emergency medicine physician and EMS staff.

The Candy Striper program starts in June and runs through August.

Transportation to health care

MedStar Southern Maryland healthcare resources are conveniently located all over the community—near where you live or work. We are just a car ride, cab ride, or bus ride away.

If you need help finding a physician, please call 1-866-963-3782 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday) or find care now.

Transportation options

Car service/taxi


  • Bus Route 30 now stops on-site at MedStar Southern Maryland.


Park and ride

  • Prince George’s County has 13 free park-and-ride fringe lots. Learn more.