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  • November 19, 2021

    Funds to Aid Transportation Costs for Patients Going to and From Cancer Care

    BALTIMORE—The MedStar Health Cancer Network (MHCN) was awarded a $15,000 transportation grant by the American Cancer Society (ACS), to help relieve some of the financial burden on cancer patients needing to travel to and from specialized cancer centers for treatment.

    The transportation grant will benefit all eligible patients receiving treatment at any of our cancer center locations:

    • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    • MedStar Harbor Hospital
    • MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
    • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
    • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

    More than 27,000 Marylanders are diagnosed annually with invasive cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and getting to scheduled treatment may be one of their greatest roadblocks.

    To help patients get the critical care they need, American Cancer Society community transportation grants are awarded at a local level to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations. These grants are available in select communities through an application process and focus on addressing unmet transportation needs of cancer patients, particularly vulnerable populations experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

    The funds will be used toward any direct patient transportation barrier to pay for gas cards, Ride Share rides, taxi rides or vouchers, bus passes, etc.

    “We’re very grateful to the American Cancer Society for providing this grant,” said Albert Aboulafia, medical director for the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “The funds are an essential boost to efforts to minimize disparities in patient access to care, that may result from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living. The ACS collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer who are limited or have no access to transportation. Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

    “Some patients don’t have access to transportation at all or are just too sick to drive themselves,” said Billie J. Baldwin, manager of the MHCN Oncology Support Services Program.

    “Access to care is a big problem in our country, with lower income families, or patients living out in rural communities suffering the most from disparities. Transportation programs are vital for these patients to get the treatments they need and deserve.”

    For additional information about the MedStar Health Cancer Network, go to: https://www.medstarcancer.org/ or for for information on ACS, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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    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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  • November 19, 2021

    Funds to Aid Transportation Costs for Patients Going to and From Cancer Care

    BALTIMORE—The MedStar Health Cancer Network (MHCN) was awarded a $15,000 transportation grant by the American Cancer Society (ACS), to help relieve some of the financial burden on cancer patients needing to travel to and from specialized cancer centers for treatment.

    The transportation grant will benefit all eligible patients receiving treatment at any of our cancer center locations:

    • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    • MedStar Harbor Hospital
    • MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
    • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
    • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

    More than 27,000 Marylanders are diagnosed annually with invasive cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and getting to scheduled treatment may be one of their greatest roadblocks.

    To help patients get the critical care they need, American Cancer Society community transportation grants are awarded at a local level to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations. These grants are available in select communities through an application process and focus on addressing unmet transportation needs of cancer patients, particularly vulnerable populations experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

    The funds will be used toward any direct patient transportation barrier to pay for gas cards, Ride Share rides, taxi rides or vouchers, bus passes, etc.

    “We’re very grateful to the American Cancer Society for providing this grant,” said Albert Aboulafia, medical director for the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “The funds are an essential boost to efforts to minimize disparities in patient access to care, that may result from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living. The ACS collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer who are limited or have no access to transportation. Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

    “Some patients don’t have access to transportation at all or are just too sick to drive themselves,” said Billie J. Baldwin, manager of the MHCN Oncology Support Services Program.

    “Access to care is a big problem in our country, with lower income families, or patients living out in rural communities suffering the most from disparities. Transportation programs are vital for these patients to get the treatments they need and deserve.”

    For additional information about the MedStar Health Cancer Network, go to: https://www.medstarcancer.org/ or for for information on ACS, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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    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.

  • September 30, 2021

    Baltimore, Md — MedStar Harbor Hospital is partnering with the Baltimore Tree Trust and Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC, to create Medstar Harbor Park West, an urban forestation project that will expand the hospital’s tree canopy on the campus, adjacent to the DaVita Center, between Cherry Hill Road and Poteet Street- inside the Cherry Hill community.

    Dozens of volunteers from the Arbor Day Foundation and from UPS, will be on site at 9 a.m. and working until 1 p.m. October 22nd, to begin phase one of the project. They’ll dig holes, plant and water 105 native canopy trees, including red maple, honey locust, tulip poplar, eastern red cedar, flowering dogwood and swamp white oak.

    Also during this phase, aster, coneflower, coreopsis, echinacea, aquilegia and mum seeds will be planted along with wild flower mixes added to the landscape as cover crops.

     “It has been an honor to work alongside the Baltimore Tree Trust and Plisko Sustainable Solutions, LLC to provide this truly unique project and furthering the expansion our Master Green Infrastructure Plan,” said Brian Gray, director clinical support operations who also serves as sustainability officer for the hospital. “It benefits all of us who work here at the hospital to have a serene and healthy environment, but also our community members. Best of all, generations to come will have the healing benefits of the efforts we are making now.” 

    The Baltimore Tree Trust was awarded funding from the Arbor Day Foundation and MedStar Harbor Hospital was the selected beneficiary to build an urban park setting at the Harbor Park West site. The hospital has already planted 126 native trees since 2018.

    During phase 2 of the project, which begins in the spring, 2022, paving, signage, seating and recycling containers will be added.

    MedStar Harbor Hospital was awarded a Tree Campus Healthcare Facility recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation because of the hospital’s ongoing effort to protect the environment with an expansive increased storm water water retention system, and for creating a green and healthy environment in the city with trees and native gardens.

    “This one-of-a kind program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize healthcare institutions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education, and community engagement,” the foundation announced online.

  • April 04, 2021

    Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

  • A male patient wearing a mask sits in a chair in a treatment room and receives a monoclonal antibody infusion at MedStar Harbor Hospital
    March 29, 2021

    Treatment May Prevent Worsening Illness or Hospitalization for COVID-19 Positive Patients

    Baltimore, MD - MedStar Harbor Hospital is administering monoclonal antibody (MAB) therapy for eligible COVID-19 positive patients at its ground floor infusion center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Research shows that the therapy may limit the viral load in the body and help patients improve sooner.

    Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced proteins designed to copy the body’s natural immune response to fight off harmful pathogens, such as the coronavirus. Bamlanivimab and estesvimab are the monoclonal antibodies designed to target the spike protein on the COVID-19 virus and block its attachment to human cells. The result of the treatment in clinical trials significantly reduced COVID-19 related hospitalizations and eased associated symptoms in patients.

    “When patients present with COVID-19 symptoms and test positive, we can potentially reduce the risk of complications when we give the monoclonal antibodies early—before their symptoms worsen,” said internist Tara Saggar, MD, regional medical director of Primary Care, MedStar Medical Group.

    “My symptoms had been getting increasingly worse,” said Harford County resident Edward Kohlhepp, 56, who received the MAB infusion at MedStar Harbor Hospital one day after testing positive for COVID-19. “But they stopped after getting the infusion. I started feeling better even by the next day. I have recommended monoclonal antibodies to anyone who needs it and can get it. It was very effective in turning me around.”

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for using monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of COVID-19 in November. Administered once, these infusions must be given within the first ten days of the initial onset of mild to moderate symptoms.

    Patients may opt for treatment using monoclonal antibodies if at least one of the following criteria is met and there is a current positive COVID-19 test result:

    • Age 65 years or older
    • Body Mass Index greater than 35
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes
    • Immunosuppressive disease or receiving immunosuppressive treatment
    • Age 55 years or older AND have cardiovascular disease, hypertension, COPD or other chronic respiratory disease.

    Those who meet the criteria are advised to speak with their physician about their eligibility prior to treatment. A physician referral is needed, and may be obtained via with a MedStar eVisit. The outpatient infusion takes less than an hour to receive, followed by one hour of monitoring in the infusion center.

    Eligible patients should contact the MedStar Health Call Center at 855-416-5244. Patient referrals from physicians at non-MedStar Health practices will also be accepted via fax at 443-583-0651.

    Monoclonal antibody therapy is also available to Emergency department patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and meet criteria. Note that patients should not be referred to the Emergency department for treatment. 

    For more information about monoclonal antibody therapeutics, CLICK HERE.

     

     

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    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.

  • February 01, 2021

    Mobile Strategy Begins in Cherry Hill with 65 Vaccinated

    BALTIMORE—MedStar Health became the first healthcare provider in the region to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the community, when they vaccinated 65 at-risk, vulnerable adults inside their mobile primary care center at Cherry Hill Senior Manor Friday. The initiative was the first day of a mobile strategy in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, to vaccinate and educate underserved populations in the city’s public housing and nursing centers.

    “It’s really special because this is an opportunity for us to take the COVID vaccine directly to residents who may have difficulties or challenges coming to vaccination centers across Maryland,” said MedStar Health Director of Community Health Ryan Moran, DrPH, MHSA. “The response has been incredible.”

     “I came out here today because I know that I have issues, I am an older lady, and I know I need to get something so I can help other people so they won’t get it,” said Cherry Hill resident Margaret Carpenter. “If you want to keep your children and your grandchildren and your family safe, you should get it. I pray. I pray about it.”

    “Some people are nervous, just because they have questions about what they’ve heard and potential side effects,” said nurse practitioner, Kelli McCallum, CRNP, who leads the mobile care team. “I’m glad we were able to come out to answer those questions, to give some comfort to the community and hopefully encourage more people to get vaccinated.”

    Residents who received the shot Friday will get their second shot when MedStar Health returns in the mobile primary care center to Cherry Hill Senior Manor February 26.

    As the mobile vaccine strategy continues, MedStar Health community health teams will be onsite at the following locations for pre-registered residents to be vaccinated:

    • J Van Story Branch Apartment Complex
      11 W. 20th St.
      Baltimore, MD 21218

    • Shepherd’s Clinic and Immigration Outreach Service Center
      2800 Kirk Ave
      Baltimore, MD 21218

    McCallum added, “It seems many of them get the shot and there’s a sense of relief and maybe a little bit of excitement.”

    To learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations being offered by MedStar Health, visit MedstarHealth.org/Vaccine.


    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.

  • February 10, 2020

    Ryan Moran, Director of Community Health for MedStar Health’s three Baltimore hospitals, tells WJZ-TV that the unique fentanyl test kit program MedStar Health launched last September is off to a great start. Read more.