News Category Search | MedStar Health

Featured News

  • December 20, 2021
    CLINTON, Md.  MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has once again received the highest and most prestigious level of recognition as a 2021-2022 ‘Exemplar’ member organization of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE). NICHE hospitals are world-class healthcare systems grounded in best practices and driven by innovation in which all older adults, age 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care. This is true for older adults receiving care at MedStar Southern Maryland.
    Nurse with patient

    NICHE helps long-term and post-acute care organizations exceed quality standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. NICHE offers education and resources to help member organizations succeed with the Patient Driven Payment Model, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement, the Five-Star Quality Rating System, Phase 3 Implementation of Federal Regulations and more.

    “The sustainment of our NICHE top-tier designation allows us to continually focus on caring for our elderly patients, a significant portion of our patient population,” said Cody Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nursing officer at MedStar Southern Maryland.

    NICHE member organizations gain access to resources and tools that help nursing teams effectively meet the needs of older adult patients. Membership includes access to NICHE course offerings; training and consultation through the NICHE Leadership Training Program; member-only webinars and continuing education courses featuring the latest research, best practices and innovations for improving clinical outcomes; and the ability to collaborate and learn from peers in NICHE hospitals and other healthcare organizations around the world.

    In addition, NICHE offers gerontological review courses for both nursing and certified nursing associates. Once the nurse finishes the gerontological resource nurse course, they can be well prepared to sit for the gerontological nursing certification. Certification in the nursing course is associated with being a content expert in the field.

    “Maintaining the highest level of recognition exemplifies our commitment and passion to caring for older adults in our community and beyond, and to maintain a positive practice environment by exceeding nursing-sensitive outcomes,” said Jennifer Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC, who is the NICHE program site sponsor and director of Nursing Practice and Innovation at MedStar Southern Maryland. “I am honored and proud to work with MedStar Southern Maryland and the continued focus on the care of the older adult.”

    To learn more about NICHE, visit https://nicheprogram.org/.

Share this

MedStar Health makes the news

All News

  • December 20, 2021
    CLINTON, Md.  MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has once again received the highest and most prestigious level of recognition as a 2021-2022 ‘Exemplar’ member organization of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE). NICHE hospitals are world-class healthcare systems grounded in best practices and driven by innovation in which all older adults, age 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care. This is true for older adults receiving care at MedStar Southern Maryland.
    Nurse with patient

    NICHE helps long-term and post-acute care organizations exceed quality standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. NICHE offers education and resources to help member organizations succeed with the Patient Driven Payment Model, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement, the Five-Star Quality Rating System, Phase 3 Implementation of Federal Regulations and more.

    “The sustainment of our NICHE top-tier designation allows us to continually focus on caring for our elderly patients, a significant portion of our patient population,” said Cody Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, vice president and chief nursing officer at MedStar Southern Maryland.

    NICHE member organizations gain access to resources and tools that help nursing teams effectively meet the needs of older adult patients. Membership includes access to NICHE course offerings; training and consultation through the NICHE Leadership Training Program; member-only webinars and continuing education courses featuring the latest research, best practices and innovations for improving clinical outcomes; and the ability to collaborate and learn from peers in NICHE hospitals and other healthcare organizations around the world.

    In addition, NICHE offers gerontological review courses for both nursing and certified nursing associates. Once the nurse finishes the gerontological resource nurse course, they can be well prepared to sit for the gerontological nursing certification. Certification in the nursing course is associated with being a content expert in the field.

    “Maintaining the highest level of recognition exemplifies our commitment and passion to caring for older adults in our community and beyond, and to maintain a positive practice environment by exceeding nursing-sensitive outcomes,” said Jennifer Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC, who is the NICHE program site sponsor and director of Nursing Practice and Innovation at MedStar Southern Maryland. “I am honored and proud to work with MedStar Southern Maryland and the continued focus on the care of the older adult.”

    To learn more about NICHE, visit https://nicheprogram.org/.

  • February 23, 2018
    Novel Stem Cell Injections into Blood Stream May Help Heal Bones Better
  • February 16, 2018

    OLNEY, Md. —MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

    The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

  • January 04, 2018
    Only Top Ten Percent of Nation’s Hospitals Achieve the Quality Rating
  • November 11, 2016

    Baltimore—(November 2016)— MedStar Health is proud to announce that 118 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been recognized by Baltimore magazine in the much anticipated and highly coveted 30th annual edition of Top Docs, now on stands.

    Physicians who grace the pages of the Top Docs edition are chosen by their peers who respond to a survey asking which physician they would most likely send their own family member to. Nearly 12,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in over one hundred specialties.

    To learn more about these physicians, click here.

    * MedStar Union Memorial physicians

    Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor

    Hatem Abdo, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Franklin Square  

    Albert Aboulafia, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Bone and Tissue, MedStar Franklin Square

    Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Steven Adashek, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Khalid Al Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Rajah Ayash, MD, Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

    Cengiz Aygun, MD, Radiation Oncology, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

    Harsha Bhagtani, MD, Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Henry Boucher, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

    Troy Brijbasi, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Cynthia Buchman-Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Gregory Burgoyne, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Issam Cheikh, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

    David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Katherine Day, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Gabriel Del Corral, MD

    *Luis Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Michael Dvorkin, MD,  Orthopaedics: General, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Frank Ebert, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

    Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

    Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-rectal, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Michael Fiocco, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Steven Fleisher, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology: General, MedStar Franklin Square

    Frank Frassica, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

    David Golden, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Vinay Gupta, MD, Hepatobillary Surgery and Surgical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Gregory Guyton, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Matthew Hansen, MD, Pain Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Daniel Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Richard Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Carrie Hempel, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *James Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Jeffrey Hobelmann, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Peter Holt, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Barbara Howard, MD,   Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jeffrey Iding, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

    *Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Adrien Janvier, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Sankar Kausik, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Christopher Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Malik Kelly, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Camille Kodsi, MD, Anesthesia and Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    Pallavi Kumar, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Richard Lebow, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Mesfin Lemma, MD, Orthopedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Scott Lepre, MD (NRH), Inpatient Rehabilitation, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Nicholas Mantel, MD, Anesthesiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Stuart Miller, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    John Mitcherling, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Ziad Mirza, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Marc Mugmon, MD, Medical Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

    James Parshall, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Jeffrey Posner, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Joseph Puthumana, MD, Hospitalist, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Salim Rizk, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Paul Sack, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Samer Saiedy, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Kevin Schendel, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Lew Schon, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD, Allergy, MedStar Union Memorial

    Stephen Selinger, MD, Intesivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square

    *John Senatore, MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Richard Shapiro, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    Elias Shaya, MD, Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Susan Shiber, MD, Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Alan Shikani, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Manav Singla, MD, Allergy and Immunology: Pediatrics, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Peter Sloane, MD, Critical Care and Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

    Samuel Smith, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, Gynecology and Women's Health, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

    Gabriel Soudry, MD, Nuclear Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Nassif Soueid, MD, Plastic Surgery: Reconstrutive, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

    Edward Steiner, MD

    Raymond Sturner, MD, Developmental and Behavioral: Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Brian Swehla, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Daniel Teklay, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Matthew Wallace, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *John Wang, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Cindy Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Marcos Wolff, MD, Infectious Diseases, MedStar Franklin Square

    Christopher You, MD,  Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Neal Zimmerman, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

     

    About MedStar Health

    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.