MedStar Southern Maryland Joins MHVI & Cleveland Clinic Alliance

"MedStar Southern Maryland has evolved to become the ‘go-to’ cardiac and vascular center for the Southern Maryland peninsula."

Clinton, Md., Nov. 27, 2017 - MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) is proud to announce that it has joined the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute Alliance. Since 2013, Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and MedStar Heart &Vascular Institute (MHVI) have shared best practices related to patient care, outcomes measurement, quality reporting and clinical research. Physician teams from both organizations work together to accelerate improvements in heart care, research and to support even better patient outcomes. MedStar Southern Maryland now joins this collaborative exchange among leading heart care providers. Patients in southern Maryland will benefit from an exceptional and unmatched level of heart and vascular care. 

“Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, voted the best cardiovascular program in the country and arguably, one of the best programs in the world, has acknowledged the improvements in quality of cardiology care at MedStar Southern Maryland since MedStar Health took over the hospital, by allowing us to join this alliance,” said Mun K. Hong, MD, chairman of cardiology. “Physicians and the southern Maryland community can have confidence in our quality and can trust us with their cardiac care.”

“MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Alliance brought together outstanding regional and national heart programs to further strengthen each organization,” said Christine R. Wray, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center President. “We are very pleased to join this team and are proud of the innovative program we have developed here, which includes two full-time cardiac interventionalists, an on-site vascular surgeon, vascular access surgeon, two electrophysiologists, and a fully staffed cardiac catheterization laboratory. This process has been years in the making and we are very proud to have accomplished this goal.”

To become associated with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, a hospital must meet numerous national benchmarks and quality standards in cardiology, such as mortality and the median door-to-balloon time (the time between a heart attack patient’s hospital arrival to treatment with angioplasty to open a clogged artery). Members must commit to maintaining these standards, and Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, in turn, is committed to sharing its experience and expertise to further improve the quality of care and patient safety at these hospitals.

“This accomplishment is the result of a deliberate and focused journey by the MedStar Southern Maryland team working with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute leadership to bring the portfolio of their cardiovascular services to the highest levels of quality and service. MedStar Southern Maryland has evolved to become the ‘go-to’ cardiac and vascular center for the Southern Maryland peninsula,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s physician executive director.  

“Cardiovascular care is constantly advancing, and it’s important to be able to deliver these innovations to patients,” said Jeffrey Rich, MD, chairman of operations and strategy for Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. “Adding MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center to this alliance will strengthen cardiovascular care in this region and provide patients with high-quality care.”

About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute:

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons as one of the top cardiovascular programs in the nation. A network of 10 hospitals and 150 cardiovascular physicians throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Heart also offers a clinical and research alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program. Together, they have forged a relationship of shared expertise to enhance quality, improve safety and increase access to advanced services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital. Opened in July 2016, the hospital ushered in a new era of coordinated, centralized specialty care for patients with even the most complex heart and vascular diagnoses.

About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 182-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.

15 Tips for Eating Healthy While Dining Out

With Bonita Coe, MD, MBA, Director of MedStar Medical Group Waldorf

Bonita Coe, MD, MBA

When eating out, remember that restaurant food is inherently high in calories and salt. However, many restaurants have healthy options and provide calorie and nutrition information on their menus, which can help you choose healthier food options. 

Here are 15 tips from Dr. Coe to help you focus on eating healthy when you’re grabbing a meal on the go:

  1. Avoid sweetened beverages, juices and alcohol. Instead, order water with lemon or sugar-free choices as your beverage.
  2. Drink water frequently during the meal to achieve the sensation of feeling full faster.
  3. Many restaurant portions are much larger than you need or even want to eat. When your food comes to you, place half of it in a take-home box.
  4. Focus on ordering choices with fruits and vegetables as the predominant ingredients.
  5. If you are going to eat meat, avoid beef and focus on choices with chicken, turkey, and fish that are baked, roasted or grilled, and not fried.
  6. Avoid processed meats, like deli meats, bacon, ham, and sausage, including the turkey versions of these foods.
  7. Avoid salty snacks and sugary foods, pastries, candy and baked goods.
  8. Avoid choices rich with butter and rich sauces, as they are typically high in fat.
  9. Minimize starchy foods like bread, rice, pasta and white potatoes. Substitute the starch in a meal for another vegetable. If you are going to eat starches, whole wheat or whole grain bread and pasta are better choices.
  10. Ask the server not to bring bread to the table while you are waiting for your meal.
  11. Do not add salt to your food. Only add salt to your food on your plate after you have tasted your food. Use salt very sparingly, if at all.
  12. Avoid choices made with eggs and cheese.
  13. When planning to go out to eat or to an event, eat a small healthy snack before you go. You will eat less and be able to make healthier choices because you are not as hungry when you are ordering your meal.
  14. Avoid salad bars, hot food bars, and pre-prepared food venues, unless you are going to eat the fresh fruit and vegetables. Be aware that a lot of food put into salads bars comes out of a can, box or plastic pre-prepared package, which typically means it is high in sodium.
  15. Try ordering salads with the dressing on the side and avoid fried foods and foods with sauces and gravy on top.

Breakfast at McDonald’s

Egg McMuffin: 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 730 milligrams of sodium Vs.
Big Breakfast with hotcakes and syrup, biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage and hash browns: 1,350 calories, 65 grams of fat, 2,100 milligrams of sodium

Lunch at Subway

6 Inch Carved Turkey Sandwich: 330 calories, 5 grams of fat, 890 milligrams of sodium Vs.
6 Inch Chicken Bacon Ranch Melt: 770 calories, 81 grams of fat, 1,580 milligrams of sodium

Afternoon Snack at Starbucks

Cold option - Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea: 0 calories, 0 grams of fat 
Hot Option - Caffè Americano: 10 calories, 0 grams of fat Vs.
Cold Option - Venti Unicorn Frappuccino: 500 calories, 18 grams of fat, 310 milligrams of sodium
Hot Option - Venti White Chocolate Mocha: 530 calories, 21 grams of fat, 320 milligrams of sodium

Dinner at Taco Bell

Grilled Steak Soft Taco: 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, 490 milligrams of sodium
Chicken Soft Taco: 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, 480 milligrams of sodium Vs.
XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito: 860 calories, 41 grams of fat, 2,200 milligrams of sodium

Late Night Snack

Baskin Robbins Right Choices Fat Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt: 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 65 milligrams of sodium Vs.
Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake: 1680 calories, 49 grams of fat, 970 milligrams of sodium

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Coe today!

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Security Department Participates in Active Shooter Training

Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management, Department of Homeland Security

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, members of the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) Security Department participated in the Prince George’s County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) functional exercise along with the Prince George’s County Police and Fire/EMS Departments. 

During the exercise, community members demonstrated their ability to conduct community-based search and rescue support operations, insured the capacity to communicate with both the emergency response community and affected populations, established interoperable voice and data communications between CERT Incident Command and first responders and worked to enhance and maintain National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant command, control, and coordination structures to meet basic human needs, stabilize the incident, and transition to recovery.

“Watching these community members in action was impressive and informative,” said Chris Wade, director of security.  “I am grateful that the hospital has established a partnership with the Prince George’s County CERT.”

Last week, Wade again partnered with Prince George’s Country Police, bringing in Lt. Robert Fox, district five enforcement commander, to run a seminar on Active Shooters for MSMHC employees.

“This training is important because in an emergency, it’s all hands on deck,” said Wade.  “Hopefully, in active shooter training, associates learned something and can relay that to other associates—that’s the important part.”

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MiniMedical School: A Lesson in Donning and Doffing


MiniMedical School MSMHCBeing doused with chocolate syrup is not often included in a high school lesson plan, but it was all in a day’s work at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s MiniMedical School. In partnership with the Academy of Health & Biosciences at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the MiniMedical School program uses lively, interactive presentations to pique students’ interest in healthcare careers. 

Tom Masterson, MD, chair of the department of medicine and director of the MedStar Georgetown Hospitalist group at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, led a recent workshop on infectious diseases. The workshop included a presentation on infectious diseases and a video demonstrating the hazards of donning and doffing gear designed to protect health workers from Ebola disease. Then it was the students’ turn to gets some hands on experience donning and doffing some of the safety gear needed when caring for Ebola patients.

Using the buddy system, they donned medical gloves, masks, hats, and gowns, which were splashed with sticky chocolate syrup to simulate being contaminated with Ebola infectious waste. Using CDC protocol, all 60 students then tried to take the gowns off without getting syrup on their skin or clothes—and passed with flying colors. When they started taking selfies with their phones, “we knew we had captured their imaginations,” Dr. Masterson says. “The demo showed them firsthand the risks and precautions health workers must take when treating infectious patients.”

Now in its second year, MiniMedical School was created by the hospital along with teachers Tanya Adkinsson, Dr. Portia Barnes, and coordinator Pamela Davis. For more information, call our community relations department at 301-877-5700 or email [email protected].