MedStar Health Discharges 1000th COVID-19 Patient

May 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. – MedStar Health is celebrating the release of the 1,000th recovered COVID-19 positive patient treated across its 10 hospitals in the region.

The milestone was reached after a 60-year-old man from Upper Marlboro, Maryland was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. He was admitted to  the hospital with a high fever, cough, shortness of breath and body aches. Only five days later, he was headed home to his family and feeling good.

“You’ve got a good team here,” he said. “They worked together. They helped me out. Anything I asked for, they gave it to me. There is great teamwork here.”

Over the course of his stay, the patient suffered from high fevers daily and was treated by care teams with a course of intravenous antibiotics. Many of those staff members gathered to cheer the patient on as he left his room and headed home. The “clap line” has become a tradition at several MedStar Health hospitals to honor COVID-19 positive patients who are discharged.

“I am thrilled that our patient had a great outcome, with a quick resolution,” said Gregory Argyros, MD, MACP, FCCP, and president of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “I am also thrilled for our team. These victories are very powerful and give us strength in our continued fight against COVID-19.”

About MedStar Health

At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.

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