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.

Interventional Radiology Helped Lexington Park Woman Overcome Monthly Pain

Scott Kuo, MD, Interventional Radiologist

A Life-Changing Outcome

For 42-year-old Mara Cutchember of Lexington Park, having her menstrual cycle every month was excruciating. With heavy bleeding and excessive pain, she often found herself bedridden due to symptoms caused by fibroids. “I felt like I was in labor for three to four days a month,” Mara said. “It had gotten worse, so that’s when I said, ‘I really need to do something about this.’ ”

After years of suffering, Mara began conversations with her gynecologist about what she could do to alleviate her pain. She had discussed a hysterectomy with her doctor, but, luckily, she had also read about uterine fibroid embolization and her gynecologist recommended the procedure.

Scott Kuo, MD, of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Interventional Radiology team performed Mara’s surgery in December 2016.

“It is life-changing,” said Mara, who no longer struggles with monthly pain. “Sometimes I forget I am having my menstrual cycle now.”

Uterine fibroid embolization is typically a quick, procedure - 60 to 90 minutes - performed with minimal sedation. The minimally invasive, image-guided procedure allows patients to recover more rapidly than if they had to undergo a full hysterectomy. Mara’s recovery was four to five days versus six weeks for a more extensive surgery.

The procedure Dr. Kuo performed is called Uterine Artery Embolization, which allows embolic agents to be delivered to the uterus and fibroids. The arteries providing blood to the fibroids are blocked causing the fibroids to shrink, thus eliminating the painful monthly symptoms.

 “Many people do not realize that MedStar St Mary’s has an interventional radiology department that is ready to serve the community with different types of procedures and treatment options,” said Dr. Kuo. “Mara’s story is a great example of how we are using state-of-the-art technology to give patients faster recovery times and better outcomes through less invasive procedures.”

What is Interventional Radiology (IR)?

Advanced imaging such as ultrasound, X-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans and other methods, allow interventional radiologists to see inside a patient’s body in order to treat complex conditions with minimally invasive procedures.  IR can reduce hospital stays, lessen the chance of complications and save lives.

IR Procedures Performed at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

  • Angiograms/Venograms
  • Dialysis interventions
  • Line placement (ports, dialysis catheters)
  • IVC filter placement/removal
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Thoracentesis/Paracentesis
  • Percutaneous image-guided biopsy
  • Embolization
    • Chemoembolization
    • Radiofrequency
    • Uterine artery
    • Varicocele/Ovarian
  • Varicose vein ablation
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Biliary and nephrostomy tube placement

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/IR to learn more about Interventional Radiology.

Associates Bid Farewell to Atrium with Construction Kick-Off Party

Leonardtown, Maryland (Sept. 27, 2017) – With renovations getting underway in early October, the Atrium dining room within MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital hosted its final event Sept. 26.

The Tuesday construction kick-off party included complimentary lunch and dessert for associates — many of whom supported the Atrium renovation through the hospital’s philanthropy efforts. Nearly 400 employees enjoyed burgers, cupcakes, and activities before posing for a commemorative photo just outside the popular gathering spot, which has served as a bustling hub for visitors and associates since its 1991 opening.

The current Atrium will close Oct. 2 to begin its transformation, which includes expansion into the adjacent courtyard. The new space — with updated furniture, high-tech audio/visual equipment and a privacy room divider as well as fresh lighting, flooring, and décor — will better accommodate our patients, their friends, and family, as well as those who care for them. The project is expected to be completed next spring.

The Café at Buena Vista will remain open during the Atrium renovation to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and a la carte items daily. A limited amount of seating will remain available for visitors in the cantina dining area attached to the cafeteria.

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/PowerToHeal to learn more about how our associates are giving back to MedStar St. Mary’s and always striving to improve the patient experience.

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. 

Experts in Healing: Center Offers Patients Advanced Wound Healing Treatments

The human body has the amazing ability to heal itself.

Sometimes, however, it needs a little extra help – especially when it comes to chronic wounds.

“When a person has a wound that isn’t getting better in a matter of two or three weeks, then it is time to ask the question, ‘What's getting in the way?’” said Richard Greengold, MD, medical director of the MedStar Health Wound Healing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Elmer Bowling of Chaptico and Stephen Szepsi of Mechanicsville both turned to the Wound Healing Center following amputation of a toe due to infection. “I had a cut on my toe and 10 days later it looked like a shark bite,” said Stephen.

When treatment with antibiotics wasn’t helping, Stephen’s primary care doctor recommended surgery followed by a consultation with the Wound Healing Center.

 “When treatment with a primary care doctor doesn't result in wound closure, advance treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cellular based tissue products, wound vacs and compression dressings may be needed to improve a patient’s chance for healing,” said Alicia “Lisa” Nelson, the center’s program director.

“We diabetics take so much longer to heal and are much more susceptible to infection,” said Stephen, who received treatment with a wound vac three times a week for about about two months. “I can’t even say how many people were surprised at how well my foot healed, even the surgeon.”

Elmer’s recovery took much longer and involved multiple treatments and additional surgery to place stents in both sides of his leg to increase blood flow to his foot.

“The infection was climbing up my leg,” said Elmer, who is 72 and also diabetic.  A major component of Elmer’s treatment was hyperbaric oxygen therapy. “Being in the chamber never bothered me,” said Elmer.  “The therapy made my foot heal much faster.”

 “Most people can heal wounds with the right conditions,” said Dr. Greengold, “but sometimes getting the conditions right means stopping something that hasn't been effective and sometimes it means adding new treatments.”

“We understand how non-healing wounds impact your quality of life,” said Lisa, “and we want the community to be confident they can receive top-level care at our center.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/WoundCare for more information about the Wound Healing Center or call 240-434-7670.

Elmer Bowling, center, says the many hours he spent in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber were worth it to heal the wound on his foot. Wound Healing associates pictured with him are, from left to right, Jodi Black, RN; Emily Stiegman, RN; and Dawn Kilinski, RN.

MedStar Health Wound Healing Center
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
25500 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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PHONE: 240-434-7670

Maryland Woman Beats Cancer With Precision Medicine & Immunotherapy

When Two Areas of Science Aimed at Beating Cancer Come Together

(Washington, D.C.) – A Maryland woman is benefiting from the intersection of two promising fields of science: precision medicine to genetically profile cancer and immunotherapy to unleash the immune system to fight it.

It’s a case her doctors are calling “remarkable.”

Diane Lucey, 49 of Leonardtown, Maryland was living in Georgia in 2014 when she noticed a small bump in her mouth.  The two centimeter tumor was determined to be a rare type of cancer called neuroendocrine carcinoma. She had it surgically removed, received six weeks of radiation and thought she was cancer free. But in the summer of 2016 a scan revealed cancer in her liver and her right lung.  

“It came from out of the blue,” Lucey says.  “I thought I was done with my cancer when it came back.”

By then Lucey was working as a chemist for Calvert County and living in Leonardtown, Maryland. Her oncologist at nearby MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital sent her to MedStar Georgetown where she would have full access to the latest treatments as well as clinical trials through the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“This was a rare disease in a young, healthy person,” says Amir Khan, MD, medical director of Cancer Care and Infusion Services at MedStar St. Mary’s and Lucey’s oncologist.  “I wanted to have her treatment plan formalized quickly and to see if there were other options for her beyond standard therapy, which is chemo therapy.”

Lucey next met with Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown Lombardi, the research arm of MedStar Georgetown. “Here at Georgetown, we partner with Caris Life Sciences to perform detailed molecular profiling of patients’ tumors. In Ms. Lucey’s case we sent part of her liver tumor to Caris and found the cancer cells had the right target, PD-L1 expression, that clinical trials have shown make cancers sensitive to certain immunotherapy drugs.”

In October 2016 Lucey began receiving injections of the immunotherapy nivolumab, sold under the brand name Opdivo, one hour every two weeks for 12 weeks. Because Georgetown Lombardi is part of the MedStar system, Lucey was able to receive her treatments closer to home at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Her first scan in January 2017 showed her liver tumor had shrunk by half and the lesions in her lung were shrinking as well.

“My doctors were thrilled and of course I’m thrilled at the results,” says Lucey. “And the best part is that I’ve been able to work and live my daily normal life with no pain or fatigue, no hair loss, no nausea or loss of appetite. Compared to the radiation I had before, this immunotherapy was nothing.”

Born and raised on the Florida coast, Lucey is an avid boater, loves to fish and spend time on the nearby Chesapeake Bay. “I’m at the beach and on the water as much as I possibly can,” says Lucey. “With this treatment I’ve been able to continue to make plans to enjoy the things I’m passionate about including a big fishing trip to Florida with my family this year. I’m also pursuing my other hobbies like golf, restoring old furniture, painting and making jewelry.”

“Ms. Lucey’s case is a perfect example of what those of us who worked on former Vice President Joseph Biden’s Cancer Moonshot believe is the future of beating cancer,” says Dr. Weiner who served on the National Cancer Institute’s blue ribbon panel working group on immunotherapy as part of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

“Of the 13 critical areas we recognized, this case satisfies three: delivering cutting edge cancer care to patients where they live, capturing the benefits of precision medicine to treat the right cancer with the right medication at the right time, and to harness the immune system to control and attack the cancer.”

Nivolumab is FDA approved for advanced melanoma, advanced non-small cell lung cancer, advanced renal cell carcinoma, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, and urothelial carcinoma or bladder cancer.

“The only side effect I had was a small rash on my belly, but that went away with a course of Prednisone,” says Lucey.

Side effects, sometimes serious ones, occur in fewer than 10 percent of patients taking immunotherapy. Immunotherapy does not work in all patients.

“Ms. Lucey’s situation is also a great example of how MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, a network of hospitals linked with clinical and research priorities, uses the resources available at our NCI-designated Comprehensive Center to work collaboratively to provide patients in somewhat distant areas access to the latest advances in world class cancer care. She received tomorrow’s treatments today, without leaving her hometown,” says Dr. Weiner.

“Ms. Lucey is very lucky,” says Dr. Khan.  “Immunotherapy is another tool in the hands of physicians and it will impact some patients more than others. We don’t know how long it will work for her but more and more people are living better and longer with cancer these days.  I wish all my patients could benefit this way.”

Dr. Weiner says research shows that when immunotherapy works rapidly, as in Lucey’s case, the results tend to be more long lasting.

“My daily life is normal.  I don’t think about having cancer.  I just keep living my life being very grateful and hoping for continued good news,” says Lucey.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Recognized With 2015 Quality Innovation Award

VHQC Honors Hospitals for Reducing Infections

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is among only seven hospitals in Maryland and Virginia to receive VHQC’s 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award recognizes hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and creating a culture of patient safety. All hospitals enrolled in the VHQC Maryland-Virginia HAI Improvement Network were eligible based on 2015 calendar year performance.

“Everyone who works at our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, chief operating and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  “Our associates work diligently every day to reduce the possibility of infections, and I am proud that their hard work has been recognized by VHQC.”

Hospitals were evaluated using data from two sources: the Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The top 10 percent of hospitals in each state received this award.

For nearly two years, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has participated in the HAI Improvement Network, led by VHQC. As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network for Maryland and Virginia, VHQC convenes patients, partners, clinicians and other partners to rapidly spread best practices for improving health quality.

Katie Richards, MPH, improvement consultant for VHQC, presents MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital associates with the VHQC’s 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award is given to hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections. The top 10 percent of hospitals in each state are given this award. For 2015, only seven hospitals in Maryland and Virginia received the honor.
Katie Richards, MPH, improvement consultant for VHQC, presents MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital associates with the VHQC’s 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award is given to hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections. The top 10 percent of hospitals in each state are given this award. For 2015, only seven hospitals in Maryland and Virginia received the honor.

Media Contact

Holly Meyer
301-475-6010
[email protected]

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.

Domestic Violence Coordinator Honored

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital treats an average of five victims of domestic violence each week. Approximately five of those victims are screened for high danger situations each month. Many are familiar with the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child.' “The same holds true to end domestic violence,” said Yvonne. “One person can't do it all, but together, we can reduce domestic violence.”  

Yvonne Dawkins, RN, FNE A/P, MedStar St. Mary’s domestic violence and sex assault program coordinator, was recently presented the 2015 Corporate Friendship Award by the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy. The annual award honors a team player in the fight to end domestic violence.

MedStar St. Mary’s recently joined the center’s multidisciplinary team which includes law enforcement, legal counsel, the Department of Social Services, Walden Sierra, Inc., the Board of Education, Commission for Women and Parole and Probation, among others. Yvonne became MedStar St. Mary’s domestic violence program coordinator in May 2014. She actively participates in the Family Violence Coordinating Council, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Maryland Healthcare Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She collaborates with the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy team members and community organizations to spread the word that domestic violence is a problem, but there are resources available. 

 “As a community, we can work together to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated.  A place where abusers are held accountable and victims are empowered to become survivors,” said Yvonne.

Domestic Violence by the Numbers

When it comes to domestic violence, MedStar St. Mary’s is one of only 10 Maryland hospitals with a domestic violence program, and one of only a few using the Lethality Assessment Protocol, a domestic violence intervention process.

  • 225* victims of domestic violence in 2015
  • 62 percent were Caucasian
  • 28 percent had a prior history of domestic violence
  • 11 percent said their abuse was increasing in severity

*Treated as of early November 2015

About Our Domestic Violence Program

MedStar St. Mary's grant-funded Domestic Violence (DV) Program educates and trains hospital associates to identify victims and refer them to collaborating agencies, has identified more than 150 victims providing them with information to create a better life. The program, which began in January 2014, is geared toward reducing assaults and providing greater protection for victims. “We want victims to know it’s not their fault, they’re not alone and we’re here for them,” Yvonne said.

MedStar St. Mary’s clinicians continue be educated through trainings targeted for their positions teaching how to screen patients for DV, she said. “Our goal is to train the whole staff in domestic violence awareness.” 

The hospital collaborated with the Department of Social Services, law enforcement, state’s attorney’s office, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Patuxent Naval Air Station, and nonprofits Walden Sierra, Inc. and Three Oaks Center connecting victims to all avenues of assistance. Walden offers counseling services for both the victim and the abuser and Three Oaks Center can provide a victim with housing assistance.

Walden’s Executive Director Kathleen O’Brien, who advocated for a hospital-based DV program, said identifying victims in the hospital was the missing link to both saving lives and improving the victim’s quality of life. “It creates a comprehensive safety net for victims,” she said. The more the community partners to help identify the victims and refer them to services, the safer and healthier the victims will be, Kathleen said.  Victims need to know their options and realize that they may not need to make life-changing decisions right away, she added.

Program records show that the hospital identified 162 victims in the program’s first six months.  When a DV victim is identified, they are given information on what choices they have.  The majority of the victims agreed to seek some form of assistance, whether counseling, social services, or legal protection. 

Lanny Lancaster, executive director of Three Oaks Center, said that the high reporting numbers show that the program has been a valuable undertaking. The program’s training has developed a system with protocols and processes that teach how to identify domestic violence, and connect the victims with resources in the community. “It’s making a significant impact on their (victim) circumstances and making a difference in their lives,” Lanny said.

If you or a loved one has suffered or suspected to have suffered from domestic abuse, contact us today. 

Yvonne Dawkins, RN, FNE-A/P
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Coordinator
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
25500 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
240-434-7496
[email protected]

MedStar Nurses Continue on Road to Magnet

Final 12-month countdown begins this October!

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s nurses are starting the final leg of a journey that started more than two years ago – the Journey to Magnet Excellence®. In 2013, the nurses at MedStar St. Mary’s began working toward earning Magnet designation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The application was submitted on Oct. 27, 2014, and the supporting documentation is slated to be submitted Oct. 1, 2016.

Magnet Recognition is the highest and most prestigious award a healthcare organization can achieve for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Only about 6 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet designation.  There are currently 389 Magnet hospitals in the nation and 26 of those are in California.

Hospitals that achieve Magnet designation have been shown to have higher nurse retention rates and job satisfaction, improved patient outcomes, strong teamwork, a culture of shared decision making, and support for professional growth and educational opportunities.

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As part of the Magnet journey, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital created a Nursing Professional Practice Model to serve as a visual reminder of our Care Delivery System, which combines team nursing and primary nursing to achieve high-quality, relationship-based care. This month, Professional Practice Model Posters will be delivered to nursing units and nurses will be asked to sign them as part of their commitment to the Magnet journey.

The hospital internal newsletter, The Pulse, will feature a series of articles during the next 12 months based on the five components of the Magnet Model: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge; Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. In addition, each month we will be running a quote from an associate explaining what Magnet means to them. There will also be several fun Magnet-centered events planned throughout the year to help keep up our momentum as we get closer to our destination.

So stay tuned, and join us on the Road to Magnet.

Packing Our Bags 

We are finishing packing our Magnet suitcase and preparing to hit the road headed for our final destination –Magnet designation! As each nursing unit signs its Nursing Professional Practice Model poster, a “sticker” representing their department will be added to our suitcase.

The suitcase will be on display and featured each month in The Pulse so that everyone can see our continued commitment to the Magnet journey.

Hospital Wins Five National Healthcare Marketing Awards

Leonardtown, Maryland (July 21, 2015) – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations, and Philanthropy Department earned five healthcare marketing awards through the Aster Awards Program, an elite competition dedicated to recognizing excellence in medical marketing, and the Advertising Awards from Healthcare Marketing Report (HMR), a publications group focused on marketing news and information from around the nation in the field of higher education and healthcare. The nationally-recognized awards are not a new feat for the Marketing team at MedStar St. Mary’s, who in fact have won more than 22 Aster Awards and eight HMR Awards throughout the past 10 years. 

Earning an Aster Gold Award in the publication series category was The Pulse, the hospital’s monthly internal newsletter for associates. Also winning an Aster Gold Award were the promotional materials for the hospital’s 2014 Wrapped in Red Foundation Gala. An annual fundraiser held each November, the Gala raised more than $197,000 for hospital scholarships, capital projects, and new equipment. MedStar St. Mary’s won their third Aster Award in the TV / Video Advertising category for their “I Am the Patient Experience” Video located on the home page their website. Coming in at the Bronze level, the hospital utilized the help of Advertising Agency EFX Media from Arlington, Virginia, to develop the video.

Both the patient experience video and promotional materials for the 2014 Wrapped in Red Foundation Gala also placed at the Silver level for the Advertising Awards through HMR, in the digital video and special events categories, respectively. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital was the only MedStar entity within the 2015 winners list to collect two awards from HMR.

“I’m consistently proud of the marketing products and publications this team delivers. Each one is a reflection of the culture of quality that exists throughout all of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital,” said Holly Meyer, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Philanthropy at MSMH. “It’s a mental boost to be recognized among thousands of entries across the nation in our industry and others – especially when we write and design most of the work ourselves in-house then work with local printers, photographers and videographers to produce the final product.” 

The Marketing, Public Relations and Philanthropy Department includes six associates in addition to Meyer – Jennifer Eubanks, philanthropy officer; Jeni Irwin, marketing coordinator; Rachel Lytle and Deborah Gross, writers; and Nicki Strickland and Ruby Hawks, graphic designers.

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.

Media Contact

Holly Meyer
Public Relations & Marketing Director
[email protected]
Phone: 301-475-6010

MedStar St. Mary’s Awarded by March of Dimes, Healthgrades

Leonardtown, Maryland (July 13, 2015) –  MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) recently received two awards for their work to give more babies a healthy start in life. March of Dimes, a foundation aimed at helping mothers to have full term and healthy babies, awarded the hospital with its 39 weeks banner on behalf of its reduced number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. In Maryland, 8,914 babies are born too soon every year. The banner program is a component of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign, which urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs,” said Scott Berns, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Deputy Medical Director for the March of Dimes. “I commend MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

Learn more about maternity services at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

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.

Media Contact

Holly Meyer
Public Relations & Marketing Director
[email protected]
Phone: 301-475-6010