Improving diabetes care in Southern Maryland
MedStar St. Mary’s to offer increased access to prevention programs
February 9, 2021
LEONARDTOWN, MD – Thanks to funding from Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) Regional Partnership Catalyst Grants program, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be teaming up with four other hospitals in the region to help tackle one of the most common chronic conditions suffered by residents of Southern Maryland, diabetes.
In November 2020 the HSCRC granted $30 million to Totally Linking Care in Maryland (TLC MD), a collaboration between MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, MedStar St. Mary’s, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, Doctors Community Health System, and Adventist Healthcare Fort Washington Medical Center. The funds are to be split among two initiatives—regional diabetes care, just over $7 million, and behavioral health access in Prince George’s county, $22.8 million. As part of the program, MedStar St. Mary’s will offer increased access to its National Diabetes Prevention program (Simple Changes) and its diabetes self-management program. Additionally, eligible participants will also have access to community health workers.
“Diabetes is unlike many other chronic health conditions in that good daily self-management can make a remarkable difference in long-term outcomes. Helping people prevent and manage diabetes is most effective when it happens not in the hospital, but in the community, with the most effective programs including a suite of wraparound services designed to close the gap between an individual’s social determinants of health and the excellent diabetes care they deserve,” said Stephen T. Michaels, MD, chief operating and medical officer, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
“This work, in collaboration with our regional partners, is evidence of our commitment to population health initiatives designed to improve our community’s health before they ever come through our doors. Projects like these can reduce hospitalizations and readmissions, expand equitable access to care, and support individuals with programs and resources to help them manage chronic conditions and live well,” said Christine Wray, president of MedStar Southern Maryland and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are proud to continue our collaboration with hospitals across the region through TLC MD.”
About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MedStar St. Mary's received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.
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