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Special Care Nursery (NICU) Provides Specialized Care for our Littlest Patients

Special Care for Special DeliveriesMelanie Bush with daughter Brooklyn and son BrentleyIt’s a scene that parents-to-be imagine hundreds of times: the day they welcome their little one into their family and meet their new baby face to face. Sometimes, however, reality is a bit more complicated. When a baby is born early or needs some extra support, the dedicated professionals at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s special care nursery are there to help.Melanie Bush knows. After a difficult pregnancy, she began having contractions early – at only 34 weeks’ gestation – and labor was progressing rapidly. With one of her…

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Heart Failure VS Heart Attack - Do You Know the Difference?

Cardiology Terms to Know By: Athanasios Thomaides, MD, FACC Heart attack: The medical term for a heart attack is myocardial infarction (MI).  MIs are caused by blocked arteries supplying the muscle of the heart (myocardium).  The blockages are caused by plaque formation and plaque rupture secondary to high cholesterol and hypertension.  Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain (which may be felt in the shoulder, arm, jaw, or upper back), difficulty breathing, sweating, and nausea. A heart attack is an emergency. If you, or someone around you, develop these signs, call 911 immediately. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the…

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MedStar Southern Maryland Sends Donations to Flood-Stricken LA Hospitals

When Emergency Department (ED) nurse Cathy Ruffin heard of the catastrophic flooding ravaging Louisiana, she sprang into action.  Because of her experience at MedStar Southern Maryland, her immediate concern was for her fellow medical professionals, many of whom were rendered homeless, but were providing care and comfort to others during this disaster. Ruffin decided to start a “Scrub Drive,” posting social media messages asking her fellow nurses for donations of scrubs and other items that could be sent to the five hospitals and more than 5,000 employees of those hospitals who were suffering through the flooding.  She received an outpouring…

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Thanks to Dr. Byrne, "I can do it all": Nurse Shares Personal Account of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Anita Persing of White Plains, Maryland, chose John Byrne, MD, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for her total knee replacement surgeries. Here’s why. Anita Persing has always lived an active life, but back in 2007, osteoarthritis began to get in her way. She was finding it difficult to walk long distances and was having trouble executing turns during her weekly swing dancing dates with her husband, Charles. In fact, everyday activities were becoming harder. As her knee pain worsened, Anita knew exactly the right person to call: orthopaedic surgeon John Byrne, MD, a member of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute…

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