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  • November 12, 2019

    WASHINGTON – MedStar Health Home Care is one of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. according to the 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list. The Top Agency award signifies MedStar Health Home Care’s District of Columbia agency  as among the top 25% of Medicare-certified home healthcare providers across the nation when it comes to quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), best practices implementation and financial performance. MedStar Health Home Care is one of 8,818 agencies that were evaluated, and one of just 2,207 winners.

    Top Agency rankings are developed by ABILITY® Network—an information technology company, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth (part of the H3.Group). The organization also provides Top 100 and Top 500 agency awards annually. For an agency to be considered, it must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

    “The leaders and clinical team members at our D.C. agency work very hard to provide a high level of care and quality to their patients,” said Traci Anderson, MedStar Health Home Care President. “I am very proud of the agency for earning this elite honor for the eighth year in a row, which is certainly a testament to their dedication, consistency, and focus on our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

    In addition to its Washington location, MedStar Health Home Care has agencies in Maryland and northern Virginia. It is one of the region’s oldest and largest home healthcare organizations and is the only home healthcare company in the MedStar Health system.

    For more information on MedStar Health Home Care, visit MedStarVNA.org. For the full 2019 HomeCare Elite agency list or to learn more about the ABILITY Network, visit AbilityNetwork.com/HomeCare-Elite.

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    About MedStar Health Home Care

    MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

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  • November 12, 2019

    WASHINGTON – MedStar Health Home Care is one of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. according to the 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list. The Top Agency award signifies MedStar Health Home Care’s District of Columbia agency  as among the top 25% of Medicare-certified home healthcare providers across the nation when it comes to quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), best practices implementation and financial performance. MedStar Health Home Care is one of 8,818 agencies that were evaluated, and one of just 2,207 winners.

    Top Agency rankings are developed by ABILITY® Network—an information technology company, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth (part of the H3.Group). The organization also provides Top 100 and Top 500 agency awards annually. For an agency to be considered, it must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

    “The leaders and clinical team members at our D.C. agency work very hard to provide a high level of care and quality to their patients,” said Traci Anderson, MedStar Health Home Care President. “I am very proud of the agency for earning this elite honor for the eighth year in a row, which is certainly a testament to their dedication, consistency, and focus on our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

    In addition to its Washington location, MedStar Health Home Care has agencies in Maryland and northern Virginia. It is one of the region’s oldest and largest home healthcare organizations and is the only home healthcare company in the MedStar Health system.

    For more information on MedStar Health Home Care, visit MedStarVNA.org. For the full 2019 HomeCare Elite agency list or to learn more about the ABILITY Network, visit AbilityNetwork.com/HomeCare-Elite.

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    About MedStar Health Home Care

    MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

  • August 16, 2019

    Washington, D.C., – The 5E Medical Oncology/Hematology Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has received the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award®, an honor recognizing exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units.

    The award, which stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg,” is the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States and internationally. It is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). The award is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg.

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    Andrea Melendez, MSN, RN, National Secretary of AMSN, presented the 5E Medical Oncology/Hematology team with the AMSN PRISM Award plaque during a ceremony Wednesday, August 14, on the unit. 

    “I am so proud of the 5E team. This is such a phenomenal accomplishment,” said Tonya R. Washington, MSN, RN, senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “We are so delighted that their excellent team work, patient care and outcomes are recognized with this prestigious award.”

    Hoping to inspire nurses to strive for the highest levels of patient safety and quality, AMSN and MSNCB launched the award in October 2012. The award also reflects the compassion, commitment, and connection that characterize med-surg nurses.

    There are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings, according to AMSN. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, another reason the acronym “PRISM” was chosen for the award.

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    MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 912-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 100 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for treating the most complex cases. Its cardiology program is highly acclaimed and its cardiac surgery program has consistently earned the highest national rating–three stars–from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It also is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, a nationally-verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances, and also operates the region’s only adult Burn Center.

  • April 05, 2019


    BALTIMORE (April 2019) – A home healthcare nurses recently received awards for heroic actions that saved people’s lives. RNs at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm and Jennifer Shrader were awarded MedStar Health’s 2018 Safety HeRO awards for taking charge in separate, critical moments that without intervention could have led to disastrous consequences.

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    Fitzhugh-Boehm’s heroic story occurred last January when she helped rescue a family from a house fire. After finishing a home visit, Fitzhugh-Boehm noticed dark smoke in the sky. As she drove closer to it, she realized a rowhome was on fire.

    Fitzhugh-Boehm immediately called 911. Then she heard someone scream.

    A woman on the second floor of the house needed help. She had a baby inside and wanted to drop her out the window.

    Fitzhugh-Boehm acted fast. She asked the woman to drop down a blanket she could use to catch the baby. Neighbors arrived, and with their help, Fitzhugh-Boehm was able to catch the child safely. Soon after, firefighters arrived and rescued the mother.

    For her heroic actions and commitment to safety, Fitzhugh-Boehm received the 2018 Super HeRO award. 

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    Shrader’s safety moment happened in the fall. During a home visit, Shrader’s patient told her he had been feeling particularly unwell that day. She urged him to go to the hospital, but the patient was hesitant. Shrader respected her patient’s wishes and instead asked him to text her later that evening when he made it upstairs safely.

    After not hearing anything for several hours, Shrader returned to the house. She found the patient unconscious and bleeding from his head.

    Shrader quickly tended to the patient and called an ambulance. The patient was taken and admitted to the hospital with diagnoses of sepsis and staph infection.

    For her dedication to patient care and safety, Shrader received the 2018 HeRO Good Catch of the Year award.

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    Both Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm and Jennifer Shrader received their awards during MedStar Health’s annual Hero Awards ceremony. The awards honor MedStar Health associates who exemplify an unwavering commitment to safety.


    About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

    MedStar VNA provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar VNA treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar VNA is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

  • November 19, 2018
    American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® is an Indicator for Excellence in Patient Care
  • August 23, 2018

    The Recognition is the Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence in the Country

     

    BALTIMORE—(August 23, 2018)— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has earned Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet Recognition Program – the highest level of recognition a nursing program can achieve in the United States. Only three percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned the honor.

    The Magnet designation honors medical facilities with the highest standards of patient care and innovation. Only six percent of hospitals nationwide, or less than 500, have achieved it. Only five other hospitals in Maryland are Magnet hospitals.

    During an amplified phone call in the hospital’s Kotzen auditorium, Brian Selig, vice-chair of the nurse magnet designation for the commission, informed an audience of nurses that a survey revealed visible and trusted nursing leadership at MedStar Franklin Square. Additionally, he cited the family-oriented hospital culture, commitment to quality and interdisciplinary teamwork, combined with a strong reputation that keeps nurses working at the hospital for decades. 

    Pictured: Maureen McCausland, Debbie Kisner, and Samuel Moskowitz

    “The data that you provided outperformed your vendor's national benchmark one-hundred percent of the time for all eight quarters. Some really exceptional work there,” he said.

    “Patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center should know the care they receive is rated among the highest in the country,” said Debbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC the hospital’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. “This is the third time MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been honored with this designation and we know it’s because of the hard work, great attitude, and professionalism of our nurses. We are so proud to be ranked among the most elite hospitals in the country for our nursing standards.”

    “It’s virtually impossible to achieve magnet status without a team, and I think that is what distinguishes MedStar Franklin Square: the richness of the collaboration and the teamwork,” said Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at MedStar Health.”

    The designation also confirms MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s approach to treating nursing as an integral part of the patient experience, with nurses at the hospital supported, guided and respected in their career path.

    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation. The hospital received its initial designation in 2008, something only five percent of U.S. hospitals and two others in Maryland had achieved at the time.

    To be redesignated twice is a rare accomplishment.

    Hospitals are rigorously evaluated during the Magnet designation process, submitting significant paperwork to document nursing excellence and hosting ANCC Magnet representatives for an on-site review.

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    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

  • January 09, 2018

    Published online ahead of print in The Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the study sought to identify barriers to implementing a technology-based system to deliver diabetes survival skills education while patients are in the hospital. The educational system helps to send patients home with needed skills to manage their diabetes. The research team is Kelly Smith, PhD; Kelley Baker, MA; Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, Patricia  McCartney, PhD, RN; and Michelle Magee, MD. Read more