Congress created the 340B drug savings program to help those hospitals serving vulnerable communities expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for their communities. The savings generated from the 340B drug discount program are used by MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center to help keep pace with the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs, as well as to offer additional needed services to our community such as the ones described below.
Access to Care
- Cancer Screening Programs MedStar Health recognizes the importance of early detection for cancer and has programs available for those who may not be able to afford these lifesaving screenings on their own. Additionally, our community outreach services focused on empowering the community with information on the most common types of cancer in our area: breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
- Breast Cancer many educational events are provided each year to educate participants on the importance of cancer screenings and prevention. Each October, the hospital hosts “Ask A Doctor” event with hospital experts.
- Prostate Cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, especially African-American men which make up more than 60% of the population in Prince George’s County. We provide prostate cancer information at several faith base churches, screenings at the hospital, educational consultations and navigation assistance for those with abnormal results. Each month we host a Prostate Cancer Support group.
- Lung Cancer rates in Prince George’s County is lower than the national and state rate. When lung cancer is caught early, it is more likely to be curable. To encourage earlier detection in our community, we provide free low-dose CT lung cancer screenings. We also provide lung cancer education during health fairs that include American Cancer Society lung cancer screening guidelines.
- Patient Financial Services provides financial assistance to uninsured patients who reside within the communities by assisting with enrollment in publicly-funded programs, refer patients to State or Federal Insurance Exchange Navigator resources and assist with other funding resources that may be available from other charitable organizations.
- Transition Guides assist patients discharged to home from the hospital. The transition guide nurse meets the patient prior to discharge, calls the patient one day after discharge. The nurse contacts the patient’s physician for questions or concerns about the patient’s health.
- Physicians in the Community MedStar Health invests in physicians, nurses, specialists and other clinical leaders to provide services in the communities we serve.
Social Determinants of Health
- Community Health Workers provides advocates who work with patients to connect them to resources in the community, such as food pantries, paying for prescription medications and transportation assistance throughout Charles and Prince Georges county
- Emergency Department Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a program for screening and identification of substance use disorder; with a goal of providing referrals for substance abuse treatment. Peer Recovery Coaches were hired to provide brief intervention and referrals to patients.
Health and Wellness
- Chronic Disease Prevention Programs are offered throughout the year at low or no cost to the participants to influence education, self-management and promote a living healthy. MedStar Southern Maryland offers classes, events and activities to support a healthy body, mind and spirit. Heart and Diabetes health programs including blood pressure screenings, diabetes prevention and management workshops.
- Walk for the Health of It: St. Charles Mall Walking Program MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center hosts the St. Charles Mall Walking Program, participants walk as much as they like in the mall's secure, well-lit, and climate-controlled environment. Free blood pressure screening and health information is available on site. And monthly guest speakers keep walkers up to date on the latest health topics. Most recently, we have partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to offer the Walk with Ease program.
- New Parent and Breastfeeding Programs offers maternal and child health classes to provide expert advice, support and education before and after birth. We also have collaborated with Prince George’s Health Department on the Healthy Babies Initiative, safe sleep support packages given to all new families upon discharge.
- Support groups MedStar Health offers many support groups for caregivers and the community.
The following support groups are available:
- NAMI - mental health and substance abuse
- Prostate Cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Summer internship programs giving high school and college students from surrounding communities exposure to careers in healthcare for several weeks each summer in a variety of departments throughout the hospital.
- Preceptorship program provides thousands of hours of staff time to preceptor students from various colleges in the region in associates, bachelors and masters programs to provide support to newly qualified clinical positions.