A Family Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Leonardtown, Maryland — Children expect to share many memories with parents as they grow older. What they never plan to share? Diagnoses of cancer — or pre-cancer, in Janet Langley’s case.

Janet, 46, began experiencing stomach pains last summer. She saw multiple doctors to puzzle out what was causing them before arriving at the office of U.K. Shah, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist at MedStar Shah Medical Group. Dr. Shah ran multiple tests to ascertain the source of her discomfort.

“At the same time I was experiencing this, my father had similar symptoms,” said Janet, of Solomons. “He went in for a colonoscopy and found out he had colon cancer. I had a colonoscopy myself just to make sure that had nothing to do with what I had going on.”

Janet (patient) with JCRegarded by many adults as an uncomfortable but necessary rite of passage, colonoscopies are procedures in which a clinician uses a flexible instrument to examine images of the colon and rectum. This view can reveal swollen and irritated tissue, ulcers, and polyps — common growths involving the lining of the bowel.

An estimated 15 to 40 percent of adults may have polyps, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and most are not dangerous. However, some polyps will turn cancerous over time — and removing them can help prevent colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Testing revealed a large polyp in the bend of Janet’s colon. Due to its location, it could not be removed during the colonoscopy or an additional procedure known as a polyp resection.

Janet was referred to Tushar Samdani, MD, colorectal surgeon at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Samdani was simultaneously treating Janet’s father, J.C. Tubbs, for colorectal cancer.

For those at average risk, colorectal screenings are recommended to begin at age 50 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. At 46, Janet — with no known history of colon cancer until her father’s concurrent diagnosis — would not have been flagged for testing.

Janet had surgery to remove the polyp in 2018. A biopsy confirmed it was an adenoma — a precancerous growth.

“If I had waited, it would have definitely been cancer,” said Janet. “And I feel very fortunate because I probably would not have followed up attempting to remove the polyp if my dad hadn’t been going through the same thing. I would have procrastinated, and it’s a good thing I didn’t.”

“Around 10 to 20 percent of patients who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have had it. Patients with a history of colorectal cancer in a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) are at twice the increased risk,” said Dr. Samdani. “The risk is even greater if the relative was diagnosed when they were younger than 45, or if more than one first-degree relative is affected.

“It is important that patients with colorectal cancer or even precancerous (adenomatous) polyps inform their close relatives so that they can talk with their doctor about starting screening at an earlier age,” he continued. “With regular screening, colon cancer can often be found early when it is most likely to be treated successfully.”

Today, Janet and J.C. are both doing well. They will continue to undergo regular screenings to monitor any polyps that may develop.

“The colonoscopy itself was simple compared to the preparation for it,” said Janet. The cleansing process necessary to ensure a clear view during a colonoscopy can be challenging for patients, but Janet said the discomfort is “well worth it.”

“If I could convince somebody to just get beyond that preparation, the rest is just to breathe,” she continued. “It’s all worth it if you consider what could happen if you didn’t catch a problem in time.”

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Colon to learn more about the risk factors for colorectal cancer, including recommended screenings.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week Set for Feb. 10-16

Leonardtown, Maryland  – Cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the potentially devastating effects of heart disease and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. During the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation’s (AACVPR) National Cardiac Rehabilitation week, Feb. 10-16, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center (GADC) would like patients who suffer a cardiac event to know there is help available. 

“Cardiac rehabilitation can help reduce the potentially devastating effects of heart disease,” said Pam Laigle, MSN, RN, PCCN, of MedStar St. Mary’s GADC. “Programs such as ours can greatly improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week coincides with Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

A recent report by the American Heart Association shows that nearly half of all adults in the United States have some form of heart disease. The report is based on data from the National Institutes of Health and other government sources. This year's report said 121.5 million adults in the U.S. – 48 percent based on 2016 figures – have cardiovascular disease. Heart disease was the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.

“Returning to activity following a heart attack can be scary to many,” said Pam. “Programs such as those offered at the Grace Anne Dorney Center not only help patients live longer and lessen chances for another heart attack, they also improve confidence and strength and help get patients back to their usual activities.”

In addition to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, GADC also offers a MedFit program. Directed by the center’s team of nurses, clinical exercise physiologists, registered respiratory therapists, and health educators, participants are given a complete medical history assessment and physical fitness evaluation prior to enrolling. The program includes a personalized plan incorporating cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength, and endurance, and flexibility exercises while monitoring participants blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose levels, and oxygen saturation.

If you or someone you know has had a cardiac event or has a cardiac history and would like to begin an exercise program in a medically monitored gym, contact the Grace Anne Dorney Center at 240-434-7143. The GAD center is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center can help patients who have suffered a cardiac event regain their life with exercise programs supervised by a team of nurses, clinical exercise physiologists, registered respiratory therapists, and health educators.

 

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

 

Considering a Career in Health Care? Deadline for Annual Scholarship is March 13

Leonardtown, Maryland With the goal of recruiting specially-trained associates, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital awards annual scholarships to candidates pursuing degrees in health care that are essential to the care of our patients. Of these career options, just a small sampling includes registered nurses, imaging technologists, respiratory therapists, lab technologists, and pharmacists.

In return for a pre-determined length of employment with the hospital after graduation, students may receive up to $3,000 per semester for four years toward tuition, required books, lab fees, and school-appointed uniforms. Preference is given to students in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

Both recent high school graduates and returning students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship, which is funded through generous donations from local businesses and individuals. Proceeds from the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2018 Gala benefitted the program, which has now assisted 149 students and counting.

Completed applications are due to Human Resources (HR) by March 13, 2019. Visit medstarstmarys.org/scholarships to download an application, or call HR at 301-475-6018.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital


MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

St. Inigoes Couple Welcomes First Baby of 2019

Leonardtown, Maryland – New Year’s Day brought one more reason for Rachel and John “Jay” Howson IV to celebrate: their second child, John “Jack” Yates Howson V, was born at 7:55 a.m. Jan. 1 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

Rachel wasn’t due until Jan. 3, but woke up around 5 a.m. feeling uncomfortable, and shortly thereafter her water broke. The couple had been out late at a New Year’s Eve party and Jay admits he had only had a few hours of sleep when Rachel's labor started. Since labor with their first child – 2-year-old sister Zelena – had lasted for 36 hours, the couple was surprised their second baby was coming so quickly.

“I was determined not to have him in the car," Rachel said. “The birth was totally natural, but not because we planned it that way.”

Rachel and Jay didn’t have to wait long to meet the newest addition to their family. Jack was born just two hours and 37 minutes after Rachel’s labor pains started.

Rachel, a stay-at-home mom, and Jay, a physicist at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, didn't know they were having a boy and were equally surprised to be welcoming him on New Year's Day.

“I noticed when we signed in that ours was the first name under 2019,” said Jay.

Jack was the only baby born at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 1. He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long.

“He's been getting a lot of attention,” said Rachel.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

MedStar St. Mary’s Earns ‘A’ in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2018

Leonardtown, Maryland MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been awarded an “A in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing the hospital’s superior efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

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 grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among those they are treating.

“Patient safety is our top priority. Our associates work tirelessly to create a safe environment for those trusted in our care,” said Christine R. Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary’s.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like MedStar St. Mary’s that focus on advancing patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region. Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

MedStar St. Mary’s was one of 855 facilities across the U.S. awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. Visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org to learn more.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Hospital Hosts Annual Gala to Benefit Healthcare Scholarships for Local Students

Members of the Philanthropy Committee of the hospital’s Board of Directors at the 2018 Gala: Beverly Wood, left; Vince Whittles; Lea Weaver; Karen Garner; Rick Tepel; and Christine Wray, hospital president.
Photo courtesy of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Members of the Philanthropy Committee of the hospital’s Board of Directors at the 2018 Gala: Beverly Wood, left; Vince Whittles; Lea Weaver; Karen Garner; Rick Tepel; and Christine Wray, hospital president.

Leonardtown, Maryland – Attendees enjoyed a magical night down the rabbit hole at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 2018 Gala, held Nov. 16 at the Hollywood Social Hall.

Sponsored by the hospital and the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., the annual black-tie affair featured a gourmet dinner and dessert by Ken’s Creative Kitchen of Annapolis with live entertainment by Paradigm. The hall was transformed into a whimsical experience for more than 500 guests.

Nearly $135,000 was raised in net proceeds to help fund scholarships through MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. To date, 149 scholarships have been awarded to local students pursuing healthcare careers in return for their commitment to bringing their expertise back to our facility.

Chances were sold to win one of two necklaces and an accompanying gentleman’s gift, courtesy of G&H Jewelers. Micheline Lopez-Estrada held the winning number and selected a stunning gemstone and diamond pendant as her prize.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital would like to acknowledge this year’s contributors, especially the Family of Francis Taylor, Sr., this year’s Presenting Sponsor ($25,000).

The hospital also thanks and acknowledges:

Premiere Sponsors ($15,000):

  • Associates in Radiation Medicine
  • G&H Jewelers
  • Pam & Dave Jamieson
  • MedStar Shah Medical Group
  • The Cherry Cove Group
  • Christine Wray & John Felicitas

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000):

  • AMEWAS, Inc.
  • Servpro of St. Mary's & Calvert
  • Mary's Academy Class of '72
  • US Acute Care Solutions

 Platinum Sponsors ($6,000):

  • Anna Choi, MD & Richard Ferraro
  • Jayaraman Medical Associates, LLC
  • Karen & Stephen Michaels
  • ManTech International Corporation

Gold Sponsors ($4,000):

  • KBRwyle
  • Parlett Affiliated Companies
  • Printing Press, Inc.
  • Raley Watts & O'Neill
  • Something Special by Tracy
  • M. Davis, Inc. General Contractors

Silver Sponsors ($2,500):

  • ASEC, Inc.
  • C3 Innovations, Inc.
  • Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant
  • CMI General Contractors
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • CRGA Design
  • DCS Corporation
  • Fotheringill & Wade, LLC
  • Carrie Jennison & John Stenson
  • Old Line Bank
  • Sabre Systems, Inc.
  • Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
  • Mary's College of Maryland
  • Taylor Gas Company, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors ($850):

  • Bank of America
  • Community Bank of the Chesapeake
  • John P. Crine, In Memory of Thelma Jean Crine
  • Dean Lumber Supply
  • Edward Jones
  • Kristine & John Greely
  • F. Taylor, Inc.
  • KIWI-TECH
  • Joan & Alfred Mattingly, Sr.
  • Midoula & Axis Healthcare Groups
  • Carol & Bill Moody
  • PAE Applied Technologies, LLC
  • Parran's Flooring Center
  • Kathy & Chris Perlick
  • Phocus Video
  • PNC Bank
  • & Mrs. Yahia Tagouri
  • Dawn & Nick Yeitrakis

Save the date for next year’s gala on Nov. 15, 2019! Visit Facebook.com/MedStarStMarys to view more event photos.

 

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

An “Alice in Wonderland”-style mural, illustrated by graphic arts students at Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, completed the Rabbit Hole Lounge motif at this year’s Gala.
Photo courtesy of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
An “Alice in Wonderland”-style mural, illustrated by graphic arts students at Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, completed the Rabbit Hole Lounge motif at this year’s Gala.

Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic Offered at MedStar St. Mary’s

Leonardtown, Maryland  – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is making it even easier to stay healthy this winter with a Drive-Thru Community Flu Vaccination Clinic to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be offered on the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital campus under the breezeway in front of the Outpatient Pavilion behind the main hospital.

A $10 donation is requested for each vaccination, and insurance/Medicare will not be accepted. The Afluria Quadrivalent vaccine will be available to individuals 18 and older and will be administered by our staff. The quadrivalent vaccine is designed to protect against 2 influenza A strain viruses and 2 influenza B strain viruses. This vaccine is not suitable for any individuals who have an allergy to any components of the vaccine, including egg proteins or those who have previously suffered an allergic reaction to any influenza vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season brought large numbers of patients to outpatient clinics and emergency department for influenza-like illnesses for an extended period of time. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for everyone six months and older.

Call 301-475-6019 for more information about the Drive-Thru Community Flu Vaccination Clinic.

 

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

MedStar St. Mary’s Programs Featured in U.S. News & World Report

Leonardtown, Maryland – A recent article by U.S. News & World Report highlights Maryland’s efforts to improve access to health care in underserved areas of the state including Lexington Park in St. Mary’s County. The article features programs initiated and sustained by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital as well as other community partners such as the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

Approximately $15 million was awarded to five zones in the state between 2013 and 2016 to help identify and fund initiatives to break down barriers to health care. Since the funding has ended, the hospital and community partners have worked to retain the programs put in place to continue to ensure residents of the area have access to quality care.

To read the article titled “Zoning in to keep patients out,” visit USNEWS.Com.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Leonardtown, Maryland – The statistics are alarming. Between July 2016 and June 2017, there were 46 domestic violence related deaths in Maryland, according to the Maryland Network against Domestic Violence. One in four women and one in seven men report having been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And 30 to 60 percent of perpetrators of partner abuse also abused the children in the household, according to the CDC.

“There is no community that goes untouched by domestic violence,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, chief operating officer and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “During Domestic Violence Awareness month this October, we would like to remind our community that domestic violence can leave permanent physical and emotional scars for its victims, and the issue continues to be a priority for our hospital.”

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital began a domestic violence program in October 2013. The program was designed to educate and train hospital associates to identify victims and refer them to collaborating agencies. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is one of only 10 hospitals in Maryland that has a domestic violence assessment program.

“In order to evolve our program,” said Dr. Michaels, “we will be creating a domestic violence workgroup as part of our Patient & Family Advisory Council for Quality & Safety.”

The  Patient & Family Advisory Council for Quality & Safety (PFACQS) is composed of patients, family members and/or friends of patients, and community leaders, as well as healthcare professionals who work together to improve patient care and the patient experience. Community partners who are directly involved in efforts to reduce domestic violence are invited to participate in the workgroup. Please call 301-475-6008 for more information.

“We look forward to working with our community partners to strengthen our efforts to support victims while reducing the incidence of domestic violence in our community,” said Dr. Michaels. “Our goal is always to ensure the health and safety of our patients, and do whatever we can to ensure our community is free of violence.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Abuse for more information on domestic violence.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.

Diabetes Program Earns CDC Recognition

Leonardtown, Maryland – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recognized MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Simple Changes. The program was awarded CDC Full Recognition which is reserved for “programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition,” according to a letter from the CDC.

To be recognized by the CDC, programs must:

  • Have trained lifestyle coaches who can help build participants’ skills and confidence to make lasting lifestyle changes
  • Have a diabetes prevention program coordinator who uses a CDC approved curriculum
  • Obtain a minimum average weight loss of 5 percent during the 12 month program
  • Submit program data related to attendance, weight loss, and physical activity

The CDC also requires at least 35 percent of participants in the programs be diagnosed with pre-diabetes through blood testing (or have a history of gestational diabetes).

As part of the MedStar Diabetes Institute, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital also offers a diabetes education program recognized by the American Diabetes Association and provided by a registered nurse and a dietician trained in diabetes management. 

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Calendar for class information or call 301-475-6019.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) 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, MSMH 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.