MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Premieres Halcyon Cancer Treatment, Becomes First Center with this New Technology in DC/Metro Area

CLINTON, MD—MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC)’s new cancer treatment center is one step closer toward its completion with the addition of a new cancer-fighting technology in the office of Radiation Oncologist Andrew Satinsky, MD

On March 20, Dr. Satinsky began using the new Halcyon machine to treat patients. The Halcyon is an image guidance system delivering radiation more easily, more efficiently and with greater comfort, without compromising on quality.  This results in a treatment that is highly effective in far less time.

Dr. Satinsky treating a patient with the Halcyon machine.

“This treatment revolutionizes the quality, expediency, comfort and safety of patients treated with radiation in the state of Maryland,” said Andrew Satinsky, MD. “This is exciting for us because we’re the first center in the DC Metro area to have this, and it means we’re on the cutting edge of technology.”

This new technology involves a low energy X-ray that allows soft imaging of the patient to minimize radiation risks while delivering afterwards a powerful treatment capable of achieving the demands of each patient’s needs. Another advantage includes new software tools that allow clinical evaluations for quick decision making on the need for clinical changes to the treatment, through adaptive radiation therapy.

The first patient to be treated at MSMHC was U.S. Department of Behavioral Health Police Officer John Long, who is receiving this treatment five days per week for two months.

“The process was simpler than I thought,” said Long. “It takes just ten to twelve minutes and they have explained everything to me, really taken the time to explain the process.  I came here because my first impression was good and I haven’t been disappointed.”

Already, MSMHC has expanded its cancer treatment services to include a robust Cancer Committee, which meets throughout the year to discuss the latest innovations in cancer patient care.  It also has a weekly tumor board meeting where a team of physicians in different disciplines meet to confer on cases.  In addition, the hospital’s roster of cancer treatment physicians, which includes Andrew Satinsky, MD, and Breast Surgeon Ekaterina Tsiapali, MD, recently expanded to add Hematologist-Oncologist Eric Rubenstein, MD.

“The acquisition of the Halcyon machine is another step toward offering the most state-of-the-art medicine and creating the new cancer treatment center we are building at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center,” said MSMHC President Christine Wray.

This fall, MSMHC plans to open its cancer treatment center. This center will serve as a connector between all disciplines involved in cancer treatment, from the patient to radiation oncologists, nursing, social workers, surgeons, specialists and primary care doctors, allowing the team to tailor care to the individual patient’s needs while collaborating with all care providers, and taking an approach that involves cooperation between everyone involved in a patient’s treatment.  The second advantage of this center will be to offer state-of-the-art care close to the residents of southern Maryland.

“The key is to let patients stay near home, in their community, not have to struggle to get to a reputable cancer center.  We know there are physical limitations associated with a cancer diagnosis and the ideal place to heal is at home under the careful watch of family, friends and community,” said Dr. Rubenstein.

For more information about cancer treatment at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, please visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org/CancerTreatment.

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About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176 bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

For more information, visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org.

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Hospital Achieves Highest Level of Care Ranking for Treatment of Elderly Patients

CLINTON, MD - MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is proud to announce it has earned NICHE Level 4 status for its exemplary care of elderly patients. 

NICHE stands for Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.  Hospitals achieve NICHE rankings by completing tasks and working together to improve geriatric care.  To achieve high rankings, hospitals create interdisciplinary teams that provide support and education to nurses and other associates on how to best serve elderly patients.

“We are very proud to be able to provide this level of service to our patients, their families and our community,” says Pat Scalfari, MSN, RN, Vice President, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer. “Through this coordinated approach to care we are better able to meet our elders’ needs while they are hospitalized, as well as facilitate a smooth transition back out into the community.”

Some of the measures undertaken at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center to earn this ranking include improvements in mobility for elderly patients, obtaining walkers and gait belts to assist in walking and to prevent falls, providing raised toilet seats to assist patients who would be unable to stand after using a lower seat and painting doors in contrasting colors to make it easier for patients with decreased eyesight to orient themselves.

“Most of our patients are older adults,” says Anne Johnson, BSN, RN, Director of 2North/2South/3East.  “We want to make sure they have the best patient experience possible.  We want to take care of their unique needs and it takes our whole team, from nurses, to the pharmacy, to rehab, to patient relations to our wound care team to the dietary department.”

The NICHE team at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center also recently hosted a NICHE Fair for hospital associates.  This fair featured booths created by various hospital departments to educate associates on elderly patient issues, including mobility and prevention of falls.

“We want to make sure elderly care is at the forefront of the minds of our associates,” said Johnson.  “We want to provide education and resources and we had a great response to our second annual fair.”

NICHE status is ranked by a New York University-based program through its Rory Meyers College of Nursing.  Its NICHE program exceeds 700 member organizations in five countries with more than 56,000 individuals participating in efforts to improve care for older patients.

Level 4 status is the highest ranking possible. “This achievement was possible because of our interdisciplinary team and the hard work of all of our associates” says Karen Elliott MHA, RN, Senior Nursing Director and NICHE Coordinator.

In the future, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center will be subjected to audits to make sure the hospital continues to maintain Level 4 standards.  The hospital began its NICHE journey in 2013 and steadily rose in rankings before achieving Level 4 “Exemplar Status” this summer.

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About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is a 182-bed acute care hospital located in Clinton, Maryland. The hospital was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December, 2012. We are focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

Champions Wanted to Join the Patient and Family Advisory Council

 

We’re seeking volunteers for our new Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is looking for former patients, family members, and hospital associates for our new Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS). The goal of the PFACQS is to improve the quality and safety of patient care by asking community members to help guide our hospital’s quality improvement initiatives.

“Our aim is to involve patients, families, and hospital associates in a collaborative committee that looks at quality and safety from the patient and associate perspective,” said hospital vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer Patricia Scalfari, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC.

PFACQS members will provide feedback on a wide range of issues, help the hospital establish quality improvement priorities, and promote communication and collaboration among patients, families, and hospital staff.

“This is a way for patients to be empowered, to voice their opinions in a way that has a direct impact on the organization’s policies and initiatives,” said Yvette Johnson-Threat, MD, the hospital’s vice president for medical affairs. “It’s an opportunity to be engaged in the future of this hospital.”

Visit MedStarHealth.org/PFACQS to learn more and download an application form.

The PFACQS Steering Committee from left to right: Laura Schwartze, Patient Safety; Yvette Johnson-Threat, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs; Cheryl Richardson, Marketing and Community Relations; Pat Scalfari, Chief Nursing Officer; Sundee Cutter-Webster, Patient Relations; Karen Elliot, Senior Nursing Director.
The PFACQS Steering Committee from left to right: Laura Schwartze, Patient Safety; Yvette Johnson-Threat, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs; Cheryl Richardson, Marketing and Community Relations; Pat Scalfari, Chief Nursing Officer; Sundee Cutter-Webster, Patient Relations; Karen Elliot, Senior Nursing Director.