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Hospital Phone Service Restored

Leonardtown, Maryland (Sept. 15, 2017) – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s phone system is now operating normally. Full functionality was restored at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning. The phone outage was caused by a major equipment failure in the Washington, D.C. area that required extensive emergency repairs from the hospital’s service provider. Hospital services were not interrupted during the outage, and we have remained fully open. The safety of our patients is always our top priority.      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital,…

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Phone Outage at MedStar St. Mary's - 11 AM (9/13/17)

Public Service Announcement from MedStar St. Mary’s HospitalLeonardtown, Maryland (Sept. 13, 2017) – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s phone system is currently not functioning due to a regional phone outage across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., impacting our ability to make or receive call outside of the building.  We have been in contact with our phone carrier to receive updates on when this issue will be resolved, but we do not have details on when that might occur.  If you have a procedure or surgery scheduled or would like to visit a hospital patient, please enter at the hospital’s main entrance…

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 Making Strides Against Sepsis

Sepsis can be deadly, but it doesn’t have to be. For the past year, MedStar St. Mary’s has increased efforts to recognize sepsis early and treat it quickly to ensure the condition doesn’t cost someone their life. “Since we began our sepsis protocol, we have seen a dramatic decrease in sepsis mortality,” said Jennifer Alvey, BSN, RN, director of the Intensive Care Center (ICC), Respiratory Therapy and Three Central. Last September, MedStar St. Mary’s began calling a Code Sepsis for patients who are showing signs of developing the deadly condition. Once the code is called, a sepsis response team —…

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St. Mary’s County Not Immune to Devastating Effects of Opioid Epidemic

An Epidemic Hits Home This is the third in a four-part series on the opioid epidemic in our community. As an Emergency Medical resident with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Eric Kiechle, MD, was prepared to treat patients coming to the D.C. hospital who had overdosed on opioids or heroin. But during a rural emergency medical rotation at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, a ride along with the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad gave him a different perspective.  “Walking into a home where people are overdosing really put things in perspective for me,” Eric said. “I could see that the opioid and heroin epidemic has hit…

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