Maryland's hospitals in the past year provided nearly $1.6 billion in services outside of that traditionally provided in the emergency room, operating room or hospital, according to the Maryland Hospital Association. The hospital association said its members spent 10 percent of their operating expenses on non-traditional services, or community benefits, such chronic disease management programs and free health education programs for the community.
Now 39 and a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Joseph Sakran is on the forefront of a movement among medical professionals growing more vocal about a surge in gun violence in Baltimore, a city where more than 240 people have been shot to death this year, and across the country. His gun control advocacy group is joining forces with another physician organization, and he hopes to launch more in-depth research into shootings and victim outcomes.
Just 1 percent of the 16,000 doctors who treat patients in Maryland have signed up to for the state's medical marijuana program, and two of the largest hospital systems in the state have banned their physicians from participating.
It wasn't just Dr. Thomas Smyth's impressive résumé that made Francis X. Kelly, chairman of the board of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, covet Thomas Smyth to become the president and CEO of the Towson hospital. It was Smyth's intimate knowledge — from patient to practitioner — of the 232-bed acute-care hospital located on 39 acres in the heart of Towson.
The scheduled playtime wouldn't have been part of the equation several years ago for Colton or the rest of the critically ill children at Hopkins' PICU. These days, it's considered an integral part of the children's' recovery.
Fall is in full swing accompanied by the constant infomercials about Medicare options. It's open enrollment for Medicare Advantage plan enrollment and changing between Original Medicare to Advantage plan or back to Original Medicare. It is also time to review your Part D coverage to evaluate which plan is best for you given the ever-changing medication coverage offered by various plans.
While I love to take care of my octogenarian patients, I am constantly worried about their medications and, like other physicians, spend a considerable amount of time making sure my patients arrange pills in a designated box and have an easy schedule to follow. However, when patients are given a generic version of the same medication they're used to taking, they sometimes choose to avoid it because it looks unfamiliar. This unfortunately leads to hospital admissions, which, in addition to
In just a few years, telemedicine went from a promising, but little-used form of health care thought to be useful mostly in rural areas to one that is growing rapidly as the technology improved, insurance coverage expanded and pressure grew to keep people out of hospitals. Last year, more than 15 million Americans received some kind of virtual medical care, according to the American Telemedicine Association.
Up To Date Laundry, a Baltimore-based company that cleans bed sheets, doctors' scrubs and other linens for many of the area's major health care systems, plans to open a multimillion-dollar, 79,600-square-foot facility in the Hollander Business Park next summer.
Carroll Hospital is welcoming a new physician on staff this October. Dr. Darlene Gabeau has joined the teams as the radiation oncology at the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, a position she said she was drawn to because in both culture and practice, it exemplifies all she loves best in the practice of medicine.
When Westminster resident Laurie O'Banion was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer in the emergency room of Carroll Hospital, she was given three to six months to live if she sought treatment, even less time if she chose not to undergo treatment. After initial efforts at treatment yielded no results, doctors switched her to a different drug regimen. Today, O'Banion said her tumors have shown some reduction in size and she is as hopeful as ever that she'll make a full recovery.
The state will adopt new policies it hopes will better protect patients at its mental hospitals against sexual assaults as part of a proposed settlement with a former patient who was abused on two separate occasions.
The main lobby of Carroll Hospital was filled with new places to sit on Tuesday evening, but the crowd that had packed the place for a soiree chose to stand, the occasional glass of fruit punch of white sangria in hand: This was the artist's reception for the Carroll Hospital Auxiliaries Chair-ity Auction, and the artists who had built and decorated a wide variety of furniture — from foot stools to rocking chairs to Adirondack mutations — were mingling with those bidding on them in a
As Maryland pursues the laudable goals of the new Medicare waiver and controlling the total cost of health care, we must be careful that the effort is designed so as not to disrupt progress in biomedical discovery and innovation.
The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which helps hospitals work with family caregivers to coordinate care for a patient, became effective in Maryland Saturday. It helps hospitals work with family caregivers to coordinate care for a patient. Here's why it's so important.
Fall has arrived — and with it the flu season and those persistent reminders from school, work and elsewhere to get vaccinated. But getting children inoculated this year will be a bit more painful. The FluMist nasal spray version of the vaccine popular with needle-adverse kids, is no longer available.
A jury awarded a Gwynn Oak family $10 million Tuesday saying the University of Maryland Medical System gave their loved one a drug that destroyed his colon and led to his death. The family of Dennis Allen said he died in 2013 after doctors gave him Kayexalate, which is used on people who have too much potassium in their body
Harford County has been free – so far – this summer from major health crises based on environmental factors, but the case of two men who died in July in separate incidents, tragedies can be the result of simple, everyday encounters with creatures or the elements.
Dr. Philip D. Zieve, the former chair of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, died of complications of Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Disease Saturday at his Village of Cross Keys home. He was 84.
As Sharfstein prepares to step down July 1 as president and CEO, a post he's held for 25 years, the hospital is now known as Sheppard Pratt Health System, reflecting an evolution in how mental health is funded and administered nationally and locally.