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Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Serves Up Surprise Breakfast Treat for Young Patients

Washington, D.C. – For kids who spend time in the pediatric hematology clinic at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, it’s not uncommon to see Washington Capitals decorations, art projects, giveaways or even players hoping to help in their recoveries. But a Caps-themed breakfast treat? This was something new. “I actually had my appointment here today, and it was a surprise!” said 10-year-old patient Nathan Job. Breakfast of Champions The excited group of clinic patients burst into smiles and rushed to the door as their mystery delivery person, all-star center Alex Ovechkin, walked in to share his new honey-nut cereal ‘Ovi O’s.’…

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MedStar Health Facilities Win National Awards for Environmental Sustainability

MedStar Health’s environmental and sustainability strategies have been recognized through several national awards. This past year, our 10 hospitals received a total of 12 Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. “Throughout MedStar Health we know that sustainability is essential to better care for our patients, for our communities, and for the planet,” says Jerry Adams, Director, Environmental & Safety Compliance for MedStar Health and chair of the Corporate Environmental Leadership Committee. The Committee works on projects like recycling and other environmental efforts at hospitals in the system. “In health…

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Wyoming Boy with Rare Cancer Receives New Liver Operation to Cure Disease for First Time at MedStar Georgetown

When Jessica Fritz noticed an unusual yellowing tint to her then 6-year-old son Triton’s complexion one day in 2017, she was wary of the clinicians in her town in Wyoming who were dismissing her concerns.  “I demanded blood work to get to the bottom of it,” says Fritz. “I just knew something wasn’t right.” Testing showed that Triton’s jaundiced appearance was due to a cancerous liver tumor called Rhabdomyosarcoma.  The tumor was blocking one of the ducts that usually empties bile into the liver. The tumor was so extensive it involved the pancreas as well as the liver and bile…

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Athletic Trainers Practice Too, When it Comes to Saving the Lives of Student Athletes

Did you know a tarp, a bucket of ice water and the right training is all you need to start treating a student athlete suffering from heat stroke? MedStar Health athletic trainers, sports medicine physicians and local EMS partners hit the gym at Howard Community College; putting their skills to the test creating ice baths (and much more) to practice live-saving techniques before real medical emergencies happen on the field. During the annual, full-day class presented by MedStar Health, participants learned from healthcare leaders on topics such as clearing an athlete for play after heat illness, care of traumatic fractures and dislocations,…

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