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What is Aphasia? Upcoming Sessions Will Share Resources on the Communication Disorder

In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will offer free information sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 to help educate individuals about the communication disorder. Aphasia is an acquired condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also result from head injury, a brain tumor, or other neurological causes. Individuals with aphasia often have difficulty reading, writing, speaking, and/or understanding language. Approximately 2 million Americans are affected by the disorder. “Many…

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MedStar St. Mary’s Earns Second ‘A’ in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Grade

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been awarded an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing the hospital’s superior efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This is the second consecutive cycle in which the hospital has earned top marks. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms. “Our top priority…

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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Awards Eight Scholarships

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital announced the winners of its 2019 scholarship Tuesday, May 7, during a reception held in their honor. The scholarships are funded by the Philanthropy Committee of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. Since 2001, 157 scholarships have been awarded and this year’s scholarships totaled nearly $100,000. The 2019 scholarship winners are: Madeleine Bridgwater is a student at Leonardtown High School and plans to major in nursing Brooke Gatton attends Leonardtown High School and will major in nursing Amber Gontarek is a student at Leonardtown High School and plans to major in nursing Sarah Rannacher attends Leonardtown High…

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When Precision Matters: Free Colon Cancer Seminar Happening May 9

John Marshall, MD With the trend of colon cancer appearing earlier in both men and women, it’s important to stay educated on its symptoms and available treatments. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will host a free, informative presentation on colorectal cancer by visiting expert John Marshall, MD, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Dr. Marshall, chief of hematology and oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, will discuss cutting-edge treatments for colon cancer and the impact of precision medicine on cancer care. Catherine Dowling, clinical dietitian at MedStar St. Mary’s, will also discuss the importance…

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