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Sheppard Pratt to affiliate with Alliance Inc.

4:49 PM EDT, June 14, 2012

Sheppard Pratt to affiliate with Alliance Inc.

Sheppard Pratt Health System Inc., Maryland's largest provider of mental health and special education services, is forming an affiliation with Alliance Inc. in what would essentially be a merger in the business world.

Johns Hopkins' new hospital sets transformative vision

1:27 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

Johns Hopkins' new hospital sets transformative vision

For generations, patients entering Johns Hopkins Hospital walked past an oil painting of the founder and a marble statue of Jesus Christ. In the building that Hopkins opened this spring, they see blue and green rhinos, a flying ostrich and a purple cow jumping over 28 moons.

7:00 AM EDT, May 29, 2012

MedStar to open its first urgent care center

MedStar Health, among the largest health systems in the state, is entering the increasingly crowded urgent care market with its first facility on York Road. A ribbon cutting is planned for May 30.

Hospice of Chesapeake plans move to Pasadena campus, looks to expand services

11:31 AM EDT, May 26, 2012

Hospice of Chesapeake plans move to Pasadena campus, looks to expand services

The vision is this: At a six-acre wooded campus in Pasadena, Hospice of the Chesapeake has its headquarters, counseling program, a conference center and hospice facility. But the setting includes services, including tutoring and transportation, offered by others.

Mercy to open $41.5 million childbirth and children's center

7:00 AM EDT, May 15, 2012

Mercy to open $41.5 million childbirth and children's center

Mothers who deliver their babies at Mercy Medical Center will soon do so with an expansive view of the Baltimore skyline.

Maryland hospital rates to tick upward

8:44 PM EDT, May 2, 2012

Maryland hospital rates to tick upward

Patients and their insurers won't see much of a difference in hospital bills in the next year, as the state rate-setting panel decided to adopt a plan favored by the hospitals that holds payments "to a near-freeze level."

Johns Hopkins patients move into new $1.1 billion facility

10:05 PM EDT, April 29, 2012

Johns Hopkins patients move into new $1.1 billion facility

At the ding of a cowbell Sunday, staffers in a command center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital began clapping and yelling out victory cheers.

A new dress, and set of lungs, for prom

7:18 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

A new dress, and set of lungs, for prom

For the first time in the six years since Victoria Chakwin was diagnosed with a deadly lung disease, the gown she wears won't be hospital issue.

5:31 PM EDT, April 24, 2012

Judge: St. Joseph's couldn't have duped Midei

Dr. Mark Midei knew about ongoing state and federal investigations into heart stent procedures he performed when he gave up his right to sue St. Joseph Medical Center, meaning he couldn't have been duped into it, a Baltimore County judge ruled Monday.

University of Maryland Medical School to open proton center

8:03 PM EDT, April 16, 2012

University of Maryland Medical School to open proton center

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has begun construction of a $200 million proton center that will bring the latest in cancer treatment to the region and double investment in the University of Maryland's growing BioPark in West Baltimore.

Bon Secours' $226.3 million impact on Baltimore economy

10:27 AM EDT, April 16, 2012

Bon Secours' $226.3 million impact on Baltimore economy

The once financially-troubled Bon Secours Baltimore Health System now contributes $226.3 million to the city's economy, a new analysis has found.

Bloomberg joins Johns Hopkins in dedicating new hospital

9:31 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

Bloomberg joins Johns Hopkins in dedicating new hospital

Michael Bloomberg's first donation to Johns Hopkins was $5, which he gave the year after he graduated in 1964 from the university with an engineering degree.

 Hopkins surgeon performs 2,000th Whipple

8:10 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Hopkins surgeon performs 2,000th Whipple

Early Friday in a small, brightly lit operating room in Johns Hopkins Hospital, a half-dozen doctors and nurses huddled over the gut of a cancer patient, quietly passing metal instruments and surgical sutures.

7:12 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Roads to close for Hopkins Bayview construction

Johns Hopkins Bayview campus plans to begin construction on a new $40 million emergency department annex on April 1, and some roads will be closed while work is being done.

8:16 PM EDT, March 28, 2012

Good Samaritan Hospital settles claims it defrauded health programs

Good Samaritan Hospital agreed to pay $793,548 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to federal health benefit programs for four years ending in December 2008, federal Department of Justice officials reported Wednesday.

Virginia man receives face transplant at Maryland Shock Trauma

9:53 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Virginia man receives face transplant at Maryland Shock Trauma

When Richard Lee Norris opened his eyes after a marathon 36-hour surgery to give him a new face, he immediately wanted a mirror.

St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

8:36 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center ended its search for a new owner Friday, announcing that it has entered an agreement to become part of the rapidly expanding University of Maryland Medical System.

St. Joseph Medical Center board recommends buyer

8:38 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center board recommends buyer

St. Joseph Medical Centertook another step in choosing a buyer for its Towson campus.

7:23 PM EDT, March 20, 2012

University of Maryland doctors perform full face transplant

The University of Maryland said Tuesday that it had completed a rare full face transplant on a 37-year-old man, including a double jaw and tongue.

St. Agnes Hospital to buy former Cardinal Gibbons High

8:45 PM EST, March 2, 2012

St. Agnes Hospital to buy former Cardinal Gibbons High

St. Agnes Hospital officials said Friday that they are negotiating with the Archdiocese of Baltimore to buy the historic Cardinal Gibbons School, two years after it was shut down amid protests from alumni and parents.

Kaiser Permanente expanding

8:06 PM EST, February 29, 2012

Kaiser Permanente expanding

Kaiser Permanente will open a new medical facility in Lansdowne next year as part of a long-term strategy to double the number of patients it serves in the Mid-Atlantic region in the next decade.

LifeBridge to open new children's hospital at Sinai

6:51 PM EST, February 27, 2012

LifeBridge to open new children's hospital at Sinai

The new Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai will boast some of the latest medical technology, but just as important is its expanded playroom.

UMMS in expansion mode

9:01 PM EST, February 20, 2012

UMMS in expansion mode

Since becoming a part of the University of Maryland Medical System three years ago, Upper Chesapeake Health has attracted new doctors, broken ground on a new $60 million cancer center and won over patients who once left Harford County for care.

4:25 PM EST, February 9, 2012

Audit finds drug oversight, record-keeping problems at Springfield Hospital Center

A state legislative audit of Springfield Hospital Center found that the state psychiatric hospital in Sykesville was not keeping good records or controls of its $2.4 million stable of pharmaceuticals.

7:53 PM EST, February 1, 2012

St. Joseph Medical Center narrows field of suitors to three

St. Joseph Medical Center has narrowed its search for a strategic partner to three, the hospital said Wednesday.

Johns Hopkins unveils new hospital

8:00 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Johns Hopkins unveils new hospital

At the new $1.1 billion Johns Hopkins Hospital there will be Xboxes and a basketball court for kids, sleeper-sofas for families, single rooms for all patients, an improved dining menu and extensive soundproofing.

7:15 AM EST, January 23, 2012

Sixth hospital-based domestic violence program added

The state plans to open its sixth hospital-based domestic violence program in Hagerstown, officials said today.

MD hospitals shopping locally for food

7:00 AM EST, January 20, 2012

MD hospitals shopping locally for food

Maryland hospitals are buying more food locally, according to a new analysis.

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

2:12 PM EST, December 31, 2011

Local hand experts treat the injured, deformed in Nepal

It wasn't long after Dr. James Higgins became chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital last January that he answered a call from Operation Smile, the Norfolk-based humanitarian group that provides free surgery for needy children with facial deformities.

St. Joseph Medical Center's future unclear

7:31 PM EST, December 28, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center's future unclear

When a star cardiologist at St. Joseph Medical Center was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures in 2009, it changed the course of the Towson hospital and now raises questions about its future.

Expansion planned for Hopkins' Bayview campus

5:58 PM EST, December 22, 2011

Expansion planned for Hopkins' Bayview campus

Johns Hopkins Health System plans to open a $35 million expanded emergency department at Bayview Medical Center by January 2014, followed by a new oncology wing for its lung cancer treatment program.

Hopkins Medicine hires Iowa dean as new CEO

9:41 PM EST, December 19, 2011

Hopkins Medicine hires Iowa dean as new CEO

Rheumatologist and college dean Dr. Paul B. Rothman will serve as the next CEO of the $6.5 billion Johns Hopkins Medicine health system, ushering in a new era for the world-renowned medical institution that after a decade of rapid expansion faces the new challenges of an evolving health care industry.

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

9:19 PM EST, December 16, 2011

University of Maryland Medical System among suitors for St. Joseph

The University of Maryland Medical System and LifeBridge Health are among five suitors vying for a partnership with St. Joseph Medical Center, though a deal will likely be complicated by the Towson hospital's poor financial situation.

8:42 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Hopkins, Lockheed announce plan to create a better ICU

Johns Hopkins Medicine and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday they would work together to create a safer and more efficient model for hospital intensive care units.

8:40 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Stent committee member faces accusations

After Dr. Mark Midei was accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in hundreds of patients at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, a Maryland Health Care Commission committee began developing safeguards to prevent a repeat situation.

Senate committees talk violence at Perkins mental hospital

7:29 PM EST, November 30, 2011

Senate committees talk violence at Perkins mental hospital

Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center remains in crisis mode as a new executive and national consultants look into safety concerns after three killings at the hospital, state health officials told two Senate committees Wednesday.

Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say

6:02 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say

Workers at Maryland's maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup, where two patients were slain recently, are calling on the state to address what they describe as problems in treatment and a pervasive climate of fear.

10:49 PM EDT, November 1, 2011

Union Memorial Hospital, cardiac lab chief sued over stent

Union Memorial Hospital and the chief of its cardiac catheterization lab have been sued by a woman who claims that she unnecessarily had stents placed in her arteries, and that her recurring chest pains were later diagnosed as stemming from a stomach ailment.

Anne Arundel Medical Center looks to take a page from daytime TV

5:14 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Anne Arundel Medical Center looks to take a page from daytime TV

Charged with being all down-to-earth and accessible, the first thing doctors John Martin and Briana Walton did was lose the white coats. Then they got down to business.

6:54 PM EDT, October 18, 2011

Kernan Hospital faces $8.1 million lawsuit

The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Kernan Hospital seeking $8.1 million because of what is says was improper billing to the Medicare and Medicaid system.

St. Joseph hospital seeks strategic partnership

5:33 PM EDT, October 16, 2011

St. Joseph hospital seeks strategic partnership

St. Joseph Medical Center is looking to partner with other hospitals as it continues to lose patients and revenue in the wake of problems with its lead cardiologist — a move that experts say might even lead to a merger.

9:19 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

Bon Secours' turnaround could aid community

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System has turned around its financial fortunes and is posting profits two years after receiving financial help from the state to prevent it from closing.

Families, Sinai staffers come together to race for children

10:07 PM EDT, September 25, 2011

Families, Sinai staffers come together to race for children

Baltimore resident Sean Harris has grown accustomed to seeing doctors and staff at the Children's Hospital at Sinai; they've provided care for his 3-year-old son, Sean Jr., who in March was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Baltimore-area hospitals compete for moms-to-be with hardwood floors, gourmet meals and other luxuries.

11:50 AM EDT, September 22, 2011

Baltimore-area hospitals compete for moms-to-be with hardwood floors, gourmet meals and other luxuries.

Julie McAllister was feeling serene as she lounged in her room with the window view, enjoying a quiet, kid-free afternoon.

6:52 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

Hopkins gets $30 million to study personalized cancer medicine

Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center announced Monday that it has established a Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine with a $30 million gift from the Richmond, Va.-based Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research.

St. Joseph Medical Center replaces chief executive

6:36 PM EDT, August 12, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center replaces chief executive

St. Joseph Medical Center tapped a veteran health care manager Friday to replace its president and chief executive, who resigned two weeks ago without explanation.

Hopkins team helps children with face-saving surgery

2:49 PM EDT, July 30, 2011

Hopkins team helps children with face-saving surgery

Doctor creates nonprofit that brings treatment to patients in Nicaragua

8:16 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

St. Joseph Medical Center's CEO resigns

Jeffrey Norman brought in during shake-up following stent scandal

A testy reception for new East Baltimore plans

9:35 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

A testy reception for new East Baltimore plans

Residents wary of huge project, which would include a new park and school — and name

Total disc replacement helps with range of motion, expert says

6:04 PM EDT, July 27, 2011

Total disc replacement helps with range of motion, expert says

Knee and hip replacements have been common for decades, offering patients who suffered from degeneration a full range of pain-free movement. But spines and backs have been more problematic.

4:47 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

Vatican's envoy to U.S. dies at Hopkins after lung surgery

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, died Wednesday of complications from surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, church officials said.

Doctors aim to stop pancreatic cancer before it forms

3:56 PM EDT, July 17, 2011

Doctors aim to stop pancreatic cancer before it forms

Focus on the cysts can lead to early treatment

7:14 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Hospital employee and three others accused of stealing patients' identities

17-count indictment handed down by federal grand jury

4:28 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Ask the Expert: Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's

Everyone forgets a name or a date from time to time. But how do you know when it's something serious?

Triple kidney swap: 'We think it is the future'

8:09 PM EDT, July 8, 2011

Triple kidney swap: 'We think it is the future'

Six patients in June exchange meet for the first time

Ruxton neighbors still oppose Sheppard Pratt plans

7:59 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

Ruxton neighbors still oppose Sheppard Pratt plans

Hospital plans to open facility this fall

GBMC's Father's Day race draws hundreds to Hunt Valley

5:31 PM EDT, June 19, 2011

GBMC's Father's Day race draws hundreds to Hunt Valley

Event raises tens of thousands for neonatal intensive-care unit

12:07 AM EDT, June 16, 2011

Over objections, state will lease land to Catholic hospital

Panel approves deal despite outcry from women's groups

6:45 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Anne Arundel Health System CEO to retire

The CEO of Anne Arundel Health System will retire at the end of the month after nearly four decades at the medical institution, its board of trustees announced Wednesday.

5:48 PM EDT, May 22, 2011

Getting There: A visit to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center

The message was one that parents in Maryland dread hearing: Your son has been in a car crash and is being taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

July 25, 2010

Stents stir growing doubts, legal action

Charles E. Johnson Jr. was a hearty 62 in early 2008. He walked about 20 miles a month, worked out four times a week and played tennis on weekends.

8:23 PM EDT, July 3, 2010

St. Joseph, two others, had highest stent rates

Three hospitals have consistently outpaced all others in Maryland in the use of stents to treat heart patients, according to data obtained by The Baltimore Sun, raising questions as state regulators examine whether the expensive procedure is performed unnecessarily by some doctors.

7:11 PM EDT, June 11, 2010

Towson cardiologist faces professional charges

The regulatory board responsible for licensing doctors in Maryland has filed administrative charges against a Towson cardiologist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary procedures, beginning a process that could strip him of the authority to practice medicine in the state.

7:03 PM EDT, June 5, 2010

Sun exclusive: Officials broaden stent investigation

State health officials investigating claims that a Towson cardiologist performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures have identified other doctors in Maryland with similarly questionable practices, The Baltimore Sun has learned.

6:06 PM EDT, May 22, 2010

Lawyers see St. Joseph's stent claims growing

The story Frank Ward tells about his medical history would sound familiar to just about any malpractice attorney in Baltimore.

January 25, 2010

Howard reaches out to Asian communities for flu shots

Bianca Chang scurried around the cafeteria of Howard High School urging parents of students in the Sunday Chinese school to get a swine flu shot.

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