MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

MSMHC conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October 2017 and April 2018 and was awarded Silver recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 360 Silver Awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign.

“Winning the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) Silver Award for promotion of organ donation gives me such pride and also has personal meaning,” said Renee Sicheri, MSMHC RN and member of the MSMHC ICU team. “The collaboration between WRTC and our ICU team is evident with every donor patient, as well as the donor family, who are given compassionate care, love, respect and support by the entire team. My family has been touched personally by organ donation. My brother-in-law experienced a hemorrhagic stroke and was an organ donor. His gift of life impacted seven people’s lives. I remember how supportive the team was, and the comfort they brought my family. I am proud to be a part of this fabulous program and the great work carried out by the teams at MSMHC and the WRTC.”

The Donate Life campaign is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Workplace Partnership for Life, mobilizing the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant.

“MSMHC is proud to support organ donation,” said MSMHC President Christine Wray. “We humbly thank donors for giving the gift of life, and their families, for supporting their generous decision. We thank all physicians and associates who work in units where donations originate, for their professionalism and reverence for this delicate process. Finally, we thank WRTC for partnering with us in this important, life-saving mission.”


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.


Interventional Radiologist Arshad A. Khan, MD, Offers Relief for Dialysis Patients


Dialysis takes over some of the kidneys’ work, removing waste products and extra water from the blood and keeping the body’s electrolytes in balance, when a person’s own kidneys no longer function. Each dialysis session takes about four hours and is needed three times a week. Blood is cycled out of an artery, cleaned using a special machine, and returned to a vein.

To establish safe, regular access to the patient’s blood stream, Arshad A. Khan, MD, director of interventional radiology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and his partners now provide dialysis support – and other interventional radiology procedures – at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

What is interventional radiology?

Not to be confused with radiation therapy, interventional radiology is more like minimally invasive surgery. It offers treatment options that can be performed as outpatient procedures without general anesthesia. “We use image guidance – CT, MR, ultrasound, and x-ray – to see inside the patient,” said Dr. Khan. “Many procedures that used to be done surgically can now be done with a needle stick.”

Vascular access specialists

Dr. Khan inserts thin, flexible tubes called catheters into veins in the patient’s neck, chest, or other veins to provide access for dialysis. “We use high-speed images to guide the catheter in, so we know it’s placed correctly and is working right away” without needing further adjustment, he said.

The group also specializes in catheter, graft, and fistula maintenance procedures, removing blockages and ensuring that the entire line is clear and working properly. “We are specialists in vascular access, and dialysis support is a continuation of that,” Dr. Khan said.

Close to home

Dr. Khan and his interventional radiology colleagues, who are all based at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, began seeing patients at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in 2015. The hospital has upgraded its interventional radiology suites with the same high-end technology used at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Patients in Southern Maryland get the best of all worlds – decades of experience, top-level technology, and the convenience of having consultation, treatment, and follow-up nearby.

For more information about the interventional radiology program at MedStar Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center, please call 855-546-1018