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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MedStar Response to Incorrect Media Reports

 

News reports circulating about the malware attack on MedStar Health’s IT system are incorrect. Our partner Symantec, a global leader in cybersecurity, has been on the ground from the start of the situation conducting a thorough forensic analysis. Symantec said, “The 2007 and 2010 fixes referenced in the article were not contributing factors in this event.” Based on the advice of IT, cybersecurity and law enforcement experts, MedStar will not be elaborating further on additional aspects of this malware event. This is not only for the protection and security of MedStar Health, its patients and associates, but is also for the benefit of other healthcare organizations and companies. Click here to read MedStar’s systemwide media release regarding incorrect media reports.

To stay up to date, please visit MedStar’s system newsroom.

April 4 (2 p.m.) MedStar Health Update

 

MedStar Health is deeply thankful for the hard work and determination of its IT team and partners and is greatly encouraged by the progress made to date. Thanks to their round-the-clock efforts over the weekend, our clinical and administrative systems are almost fully back online. We continue to resolve unique, site-specific issues on a real-time basis. Click here to read MedStar’s most recent media release regarding our computer network.

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2 p.m. MedStar Southern Maryland Update Regarding Computer Network

 

Thanks to the teamwork of MedStar Health’s 31,000 associates, as well as the expertise and dedication of MedStar’s IT and Cyber teams, systems were approaching 90 percent functionality this morning. With focused efforts on systems related directly to patient care, all three clinical systems are functioning. We cannot emphasize enough our appreciation for the support and understanding of the thousands of patients who have received care this week. Click here to read MedStar’s most recent media release regarding our computer network.

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5 p.m. MedStar Southern Maryland Update Regarding Computer Downtime

 

MedStar Health’s priority continues to be providing high quality, safe patient care, as we work to fully restore all of our major IT systems. Our doors remain open, with a few exceptions. With the dedication and commitment of our clinicians and associates, we are thankful that we have been able to perform more than 1,000 surgeries since Monday morning’s malicious malware attack. We have also been inspired by the continued support of our patients and communities. Click here to read MedStar’s recent systemwide media release regarding computer downtime.

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3 p.m. MedStar Southern Maryland Update Regarding Computer Downtime

 

MedStar Health continues to work towards full restoration of our major IT systems, thanks to the tireless efforts of MedStar leaders, IT, clinicians and associates—and the support of our patients and communities. Most importantly, MedStar has been privileged to provide high quality care approximating our normal volume levels, as evidenced by the 6,000 patients we’ve served in our hospitals and ambulatory centers since Monday morning. Click here to read specific ways MedStar has remained dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients and communities, despite the malicious malware attack. 

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MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Update Regarding Computer Downtime

 

All major clinical systems are working towards full restoration, following MedStar Health’s decision on Monday, March 28 to take systems offline to prevent the spread of identified malware and protect patient and associate information. Click here to read MedStar’s recent systemwide media release regarding computer downtime. 

To stay up to date, please visit MedStar’s system newsroom.

Statement from MedStar Health Regarding Computer Downtime

 

Significant progress is being made toward restoring functionality of MedStar Health’s IT system, which was affected by malware early Monday morning. At the early signs of an issue, our team quickly made a decision to take down all of our systems as a precaution and to ensure no further corruption.

After a careful assessment and testing overnight, we are working to restore the majority of our IT systems today. We are using backup systems, including paper documentation—a process used before the advancements of technology—where necessary, and as an additional layer of support to our clinical operations. We will continue to partner with experts in the field of IT and cybersecurity, as well as law enforcement, to continually assess the situation as we safely restore functionality.


Every caregiver across the system is trained to prepare for these types of challenges, and our patients can be assured that their team of caregivers is well coordinated. Patients should feel confident that they will receive excellent care, and can continue to rely on our commitment to provide the highest levels of quality and safe care.

With a few unique exceptions, all of our doors remain open. As we shared yesterday, the safety of our patients and associates and the privacy of their information is our utmost concern. We have no evidence that patient information has been compromised or stolen in any way. Patient information will not be added to any system without ensuring it is completely free of any and all viruses and security threats.

“Despite the challenges affecting MedStar Health’s IT systems, the quality and safety of our patients remains our highest priority, which has not waned throughout this experience. Fortunately, the core ways in which we deliver patient care cannot be altered, manipulated or harmed by malicious attempts to disrupt the services we provide,” Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, executive vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, MedStar Health. “Our ability to serve our patients and their families depends first and foremost on our caregivers, and their expert knowledge and compassion focused on each patient.”

“The attempt to negatively impact an institution designed to save lives and care for those in need is a sad and troublesome reality of our times, not only for MedStar Health, but for our entire industry and the communities we serve,” says Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, MedStar Health. “Fortunately, thanks to the expertise and dedication of our clinical and IT teams, we are addressing the current issue in an expeditious and thoughtful manner, never losing sight of our responsibility to our patients.”

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MedStar’s New Website Is A One-Stop Resource For Accessing Doctors and Trusted Healthcare Information

Columbia, MD – MedStar Health’s newly integrated website—MedStarHealth.org—launches Monday, Oct. 21. It brings together 16 external websites into one system site, giving visitors easier access to physicians and services across MedStar Health. Now, consumers will have a single online destination for trusted healthcare information.

“True to our Patient First value, the new website was created with the end-user—our patients, families, job seekers, clinicians, associates, and consumers—in mind, creating a seamless experience focused entirely on the needs of the communities we serve. The website not only reflects the depth and breadth of services offered throughout and across MedStar Health, but it represents the strength of systemness in action,” says President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE.

At MedStarHealth.org, visitors can:
•  Search for any MedStar physician with one easy-to-use tool, Find a Doctor, which is accessible
on every page
•  Register for any MedStar class or program
•  Find information on all services offered at MedStar
•  Search the enhanced health encyclopedia for health topics from A to Z

Detailed service line content, like cancer, heart and orthopaedic care, is consolidated and updated with links to entity-specific information. Individual hospitals and other MedStar entities have their own subsites within the system site, and familiar sections have been updated, such as Patients and Visitors, About Us, Giving, and Careers.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. As the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MedStar’s 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute and a comprehensive scope of health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. MedStar Health is a $4.5 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Columbia, Maryland, and one of the largest employers in the region. Our almost 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians all support MedStar Health’s Patient First philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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