At MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, community benefit is an integral part of who we are. The physician who founded our hospital, Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD, MPH, FACS, wanted to build a center for health education and outreach along with a top medical center. Now along with MedStar Health, our hospital provides a range of charitable care, hands-on outreach and many programs, support groups, and events throughout the year as we work to achieve this vision.
Our volunteers make a difference every day, and they have been part of the strength of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center since it opened. Sharing their skills and smiles with our patients and staff, our volunteers help keep the hospital running smoothly and make it a truly special place. Available areas include, but are not limited to: the hospital's front desk, surgical waiting areas, nursing units, registration areas in the labor and delivery and emergency departments, radiology department, case management, medical records, storeroom, and other administrative areas. Read on about opportunities for volunteering at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center or call (301) 877-4553.
Our Patient Ambassadors are the heartbeat of patient experience. These choice volunteers, dressed in Royal Blue, round units offering personalized attention to our patients by assisting with their wants, needs and anything else that would make their stay here better! Working together with a team of nurses, our Patient Ambassadors even respond to patient alerts and call bells. This unique program closes the gap between physical care and taking care of the “whole person” by catering to the mental and emotional well-being of our patients. Whether it’s providing special requested supplies or taking time to listen to and converse with patients, our Patient Ambassadors have the goal and passion for making people happy. Think you could be a Patient Ambassador? Learn more and download an application.
Candy stripers, known for their red and white striped pinafores, have graced hospital halls and patient rooms for nearly 70 years. Every summer high school students from Prince George’s and Charles counties qualify for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s candy striper program as a way to give back and form their professions. Our program blends tradition—delivering magazines, filling water pitchers, and answering phones—with education. Candy stripers participate in lunch and learn sessions with physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and speech and physical therapists. Using a patient simulator called SimMan, they even perform hands-on medical procedures under the supervision of an emergency medicine physician and EMS staff. Interested? Learn more and download an application.
Patient & Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS)
Being a provider of health care in our community for generations, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center greatly appreciates hearing from you – the patients and families who rely on us to provide safe, high-quality health care. Our goal is to create a council that embodies partnership and open communication about what works well for you and what could work better. The PFACQS will reflect the diverse patient populations we serve – diversity in terms of income level, racial and ethnic makeup, health status and religion to name a few. The council will be composed of patients, family members or friends of patients, and community leaders, as well as healthcare professionals from MedStar Health. Learn more today.
Community Health Needs Assessment
The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment uses a community-driven approach that supports the hospital in planning and carrying out community-based programming to more effectively handle the health needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. The three-year implementation strategy identifies the hospital's community benefit service area, the most important health priorities, and activities with measurable outcomes. You can read them here.
From Monday to Saturday, a licensed practical nurse travels to local churches, senior centers, active living communities, local businesses, and health fairs. Participants receive free cardiac and diabetes risk assessment, including cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure testing, and seasonal vaccinations when available. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has a screening center located in Waldorf, Maryland, which holds free health screenings by appointment. Please call 301-374-9098 for more information.
One of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center's most successful, longest-running programs is also one of the simplest. The Mallwalkers Program grew out of a desire to help Southern Maryland community members incorporate exercise into their daily routines. Participants walk as much as they like in the mall's secure, well-lit, and climate controlled environment. Free blood pressure screenings and health information is also available on-site.
Health Resources and Information
Connecting patients to available health resources, whether or not they're offered by the hospital, is at the heart of community outreach. From weight management and cardiac risk reduction to medical assistance programs, we're your source. With offices across Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, MedStar Health and MedStar Medical Group provide you not only with a dedicated staff of physicians and advanced practice clinicians near where you live or work, but with seamless access to the extraordinary outpatient resources of the region's largest healthcare network. Visit our our local healthcare resources page for MedStar providers near you.
Community Blood Drives
By offering blood drives throughout the year, we are helping to ensure that the region's blood banks can meet our community's need. Visit our website calendar or Facebook page to find out when our next blood drive is taking place.