Community Outreach

What is Health Connections?

Health Connections is the community outreach department at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. It offers many community classes, seminars and support groups for all ages. For a full list of events and classes, visit our online calendar. Trained educators from Health Connections also visit area schools, community organizations, churches and business to speak about a variety of health and wellness topics. If you are interested in attending a class, requesting a speaker, or would like more information, please call 301-475-6019.

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Frequent Asked Questions

Is Health Connections affiliated with the St. Mary's County Health Department?

No, Health Connections is only affiliated with MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

What is diabetes self-management?

Living with diabetes is a full-time job. The diabetes self-management classes at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital help individuals with diabetes take control of their disease. Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and covers 10 areas of diabetes management from medications to emotions to daily activity to help individuals live better lives. Individuals interested in classes or nutrition counseling for diabetes can call 301-475-6019 for more information. These services do require an order from your physician.

Does MedStar St. Mary's Hospital offer any other classes for individuals with diabetes?

Through our Health Link program for individuals living with chronic conditions, our certified diabetes educators offer monthly diabetes support groups for children and adolescents and for individuals with type 2 diabetes. They work closely with diabetic students at Great Mills High School and are available to speak at community events. A free educational class is offered on a quarterly basis to all individuals that have completed the diabetes self-management classes. Also, each year our Diabetes Fair gives you the opportunity to speak with vendors of diabetes care products, explore local resources and take advantage of the presentations on various diabetes care products.

I've just moved to the area and am eight months pregnant. Can I tour the hospital's Women's Health & Family Birthing Center?

Yes! MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital offers two opportunities a month to tour our birthing center.  One Sunday per month, a knowledgeable guide will meet parents-to-be in the main lobby of the hospital. There is no fee though, registration for this tour is required. Additionally, parents who sign up for the Childbirth Class - also offered monthly - receive a tour as part of this full day of learning. The Childbirth Class has a fee and registration requirement to attend.  Call 301-475-6019 to register or for more information.

Is there information you can send to help us know what to expect when we arrive at the hospital?

Health Connections offers web-based and DVD options for childbirth classes. If you have additional questions, our staff of certified childbirth instructors and lactation consultants will be happy to talk with you over the phone. Call Health Connections at 301-475-6019 for more information.

Do you sell breast pumps?

The hospital's Breastfeeding Resource Center sells and rents breast pumps. As an official Medela distributor, we stock parts and support products. The center also sells baby slings, nursing bras and supports. Our certified lactation consultants are available for individual consultations by phone, appointment and at the weekly Breastfeeding Moms group held in the Health Connections building. Call 301-997-6505 for more information about the Breastfeeding Resource Center.

Do you offer CPR and first aid classes?

Our Organizational Learning & Research Department offers two American Heart Saver CPR with AED classes and one American Safety Institute First Aid class each month. Because these classes are very popular, it's best to register early before your current certification expires.

What are Outpatient Care Coordinators?

Our care can extend beyond our beds at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  Many patients recently hospitalized or discharged from the Emergency Department are eligible for outpatient care coordination services to assist with at-home recovery.  Outpatient Care Coordinators are Registered Nurses who provide guidance, support and direction in managing health and wellness for patients after they leave the hospital.  They have helped hundreds of people, who suffer from multiple disorders, create plans to keep them safe, independent and healthy in their own homes.

Outpatient Care Coordination is a free service and offers the ability to:

  • Discuss your health concerns and answer questions
  • Review your medications and discharge instructions with you
  • Share information about ways to improve your health
  • Work with you and your family to develop a personal health improvement plan
  • Assist you with making follow-up appointments
  • Identify and assist you with additional available resources
  • Network with your primary care provider and healthcare team to ensure your healthcare needs are met
  • Meet with you in your home, doctors’ office or speak with you on the telephone

I need help with nutrition, do you have a dietitian on staff?

Yes! We have a registered dietitian on staff who offers a variety of counseling services on eating disorders and digestive issues, as well as food education sessions on how to better understand and manage your diet, tips on shopping at the supermarket or cooking at home, and resources for ingredient-specific recipes and products. Individuals must present a referral from your allergist or primary care physician. To make an appointment with a Health Connections dietitian, call 301-475-6019