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Prince George’s Hospital Center Earns Third Straight Award for Quality Care of Acute Heart Attack Patients

Cheverly, Maryland, February 3, 2016 – Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC) recently received The ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ 2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the quality care of acute heart attack patients. Platinum awardees were recognized for their consistency in meeting patient care guidelines for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients at the highest level.

The award signifies that Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC) has, for four consecutive quarters, reached an aggressive goal of treating Acute Coronary Artery Syndrome with 90 percent compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA). Only 319 hospitals, out of the 900 participating in the National Cardiac Data Registry (NCDR), were recognized for platinum status. This is the second consecutive year that PGHC has earned platinum status; the hospital’s first award was silver status in 2013.

“This prestigious award recognizes our commitment to providing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients,” says Rajendra Shetty, M.D., medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Prince George’s Hospital Center. “This achievement is attributed to the hard work of our physicians, nurses and staff members in the Emergency Department and throughout the hospital who respond immediately to save the life of heart attack patients.”

The ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ is a risk-adjusted, outcomes-based quality improvement program that focuses exclusively on high-risk patients who have occluded coronary arteries. It helps hospitals apply ACC and AHA clinical guideline recommendations in their facilities and provides tools to measure care and achieve quality improvement goals. ACTION Registry–GWTG establishes a national standard for understanding treatment patterns, clinical outcomes, drug safety and the overall quality of care provided to high-risk AMI patients.

Prince George’s Hospital Center is a designated Cardiac Intervention Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System for the treatment of acute heart attack patients. One of the designation requirements is participation in the ACTION registry that monitors data and outcomes of the heart attack patients treated in PGHC’s Catheterization Lab. The number one goal is to open a blocked artery within 90 minutes of the patient’s arrival to the hospital. Once the patient arrives, every minute is accounted for up to the time of the procedure.

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Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, joins Dimensions Healthcare System as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Cheverly, Maryland, January 27, 2016 – Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) is pleased to welcome Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sherry B. Perkins, Ph.D., RN.

Reporting to Dimensions Healthcare System President and CEO Neil J. Moore, Dr. Perkins will have responsibility for all hospital operations system wide. She will also play a key role in the transformation of the system as DHS builds a new regional medical center.

“During our extensive search, we were looking for an accomplished healthcare executive with a proven track record to lead our organization operationally and Sherry met all of our requirements,” states Moore. “She has very high standards and works in a collaborative fashion, which is exactly what a healthcare system as complex as ours needs. Sherry has a stellar reputation and is an esteemed colleague. We are extremely excited to have her join our executive team.”

Dr. Perkins has more than 30 years of clinical and healthcare leadership experience. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to becoming COO, she was the chief nursing officer for AAMC. Before her leadership at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Perkins spent 15 years in progressive leadership roles at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I look forward to joining the Dimensions Healthcare System executive team. The goal is to drive top tier results in quality, patient satisfaction, operations and the work environment,” shares Dr. Perkins. “This is an exciting, progressive time at Dimensions Healthcare System and I’m honored to work with the team to advance care for the community.”

Dr. Perkins is a well-known and respected healthcare executive. She holds a doctorate degree in nursing from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science degree from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Baylor University. She completed the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellows Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

A frequent national speaker, Dr. Perkins holds leadership roles and appointments with the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, the Maryland Hospital Association, the Maryland Patient Safety Center and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She will begin with Dimensions Healthcare System in April 2016.

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Rejuvenated Cardiac Surgery Program Nears Significant Milestone at Prince George’s Hospital Center

— Nearly 150 surgeries have been performed successfully since the program’s transformation —

Cheverly, Maryland, February 3, 2016 – As the nation kicks off American Heart Month, cardiac surgery services in Prince George’s County have seen a resurgence thanks to a partnership between Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS), the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM). The transformation of the cardiac surgery program began in 2013 with the first cardiac surgery performed by the new team in July 2014. Since then, nearly 150 open heart surgery cases have been performed successfully at Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC), with the majority of patients being Prince George’s County residents who would have otherwise needed to travel outside the county for care.

Enhancements to PGHC’s cardiac surgery program began with the addition of renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jamie Brown, associate professor of surgery in the division of cardiac surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and director of cardiac surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center. Brown has been on the faculty at SOM for a decade and is a world-class heart surgeon and an expert in cutting edge, minimally invasive surgical treatment of cardiovascular and aortic diseases. He has performed more than 3,000 open heart operations including coronary artery bypass, valve repair and replacement, heart and lung transplants, and minimally invasive cardiothoracic operations.

To ensure that the Prince George’s Hospital Center Cardiac Surgery Program made a successful comeback, the hospital assembled the best cardiac surgery and cardiovascular care team along with a $3 million investment in new equipment. One of the first five patients to undergo open heart surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center was Kevin Garner, an IT professional and resident of Bowie, Maryland. When he felt extreme pressure on his chest, he knew instantly that something was wrong. He drove to Bowie Health Center, and then was transferred to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Four weeks after his surgery, Mr. Garner walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding and after completing several weeks of cardiac rehabilitation returned to work. Mr. Garner is one of many grateful patients benefitting from Prince George’s Hospital Center’s renewed cardiac surgery program.

The renewal of Prince George’s Hospital Center’s cardiac surgery program is just one example of the partnership between Dimensions Healthcare System, University of Maryland Medical System, the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County and the University System of Maryland, including the University of Maryland School of Medicine – all partners of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to meet the healthcare needs of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland residents. As a result of the MOU, additional outcomes include: a public health impact study on Prince George’s County conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health; University of Maryland Medical System oversight of emergency medical care throughout DHS; and DHS filing a Certificate of Need application for a new regional medical center in Prince George’s County.

Quote from Jamie Brown, MD, associate professor of surgery in the division of cardiac surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and director of cardiac surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center:

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Prince George’s County and I am excited about our recent accomplishment as Prince George’s Hospital Center strives to develop a true Cardiovascular Center of Excellence in an effort to save more lives,” shares Dr. Brown. “I have enjoyed working with a seasoned group of exceptional cardiovascular surgeons and other medical staff, and, together, we will continue to maintain a high standard of patient care. My goal as director of cardiac surgery is to provide patients with the latest technology to enhance their choices for treatment while obtaining the best cardiac care outcome.”

Quote from Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO, University of Maryland Medical System:

“The partnership among the University of Maryland School of Medicine, our flagship academic hospital the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Prince George’s Hospital Center is focused on providing patients with comprehensive cardiac care and ensuring that the right care is provided in the right place at the right time, close to home. We at the University of Maryland Medical System are delighted that this partnership has yielded life-changing results for nearly 150 patients, and we look forward to continued success and improved cardiac care for this community,” said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer, University of Maryland Medical System.

Quote from E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland; the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine:

E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland; the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, added: “The success of the Cardiac Surgery program is due to the amazing teamwork and partnerships that have been formed by all those involved, including Dimensions Healthcare System, Prince George’s Hospital Center, the University of Maryland Medical System and the School of Medicine. We are pleased that our faculty provides their life-saving skills, and the tremendous resources and techniques they have mastered, in Prince George’s County.”

Quote from Stephen T. Bartlett MD, Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Executive Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Maryland Medical System:

“I am delighted by the success of this partnership bringing expertise and innovation in cardiac surgery to Prince George’s County,” said Stephen T. Bartlett MD, Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Executive Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Maryland Medical System. “Research advancements, new techniques, and clinical excellence mean less invasive procedures, faster recovery times, shorter hospitalizations, and improved quality of life for local heart patients. The application and implementation of knowledge for the betterment of public health is at the heart of academic medicine, and I am inspired by what we have been able to accomplish thus far in this partnership.”

Quote from Kevin Garner, IT professional, Bowie resident and grateful patient of the Prince George’s Hospital Center Cardiac Surgery Program:

“The medical staff at Prince George’s Hospital Center was highly professional and definitely contributed to the overall success and positive outcome of my healing,” shares Mr. Garner. “I am very grateful that the medical care I needed was available close to home. During my research, I read that ‘time is muscle’ and if the heart care services that I required were farther away, there could have been more damage to my heart resulting in a very different outcome.”

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Stroke Support Group

Life After Stroke

The Stroke Support Group provides education and social interaction for stroke survivors, their families, friends and care givers. There is a designated topic for each meeting specifically addressing aspects of “life after stroke”. Open to the public, the meetings are an opportunity for individuals to share experiences, discuss concerns and find comfort among those affected by stroke.

PLACE:
Family Health and Wellness Center
First Floor Conference Room
2900 Mercy Lane
Cheverly, Maryland 20785
(On the grounds of Prince George’s Hospital Center)

DATE:
2nd Tuesday of each month

TIME:
2:00 p.m.

For more information call 301.618.2024

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New Ambulatory Care Center to Replace Laurel Regional Hospital by 2018

–Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors Votes to Adopt Innovative Approach to Improve Population Heath —

Cheverly, Maryland, July 31, 2015 – The Board of Dimensions Healthcare System agreed to an innovative approach to enhance the health of the population served by Laurel Regional Hospital by reducing the scope and complexity of inpatient services, while simultaneously constructing a comprehensive ambulatory medical facility dedicated to preventive care and keeping people out of the hospital. The new ambulatory facility, which is expected to cost approximately $24 million with a projected completion date of 2018, will include emergency services, outpatient surgery and comprehensive diagnostic imaging, and is expected to be built on the existing hospital campus. During the transition, there are no changes planned to the emergency, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgery services currently provided at Laurel Regional Hospital.

For several years, Laurel Regional Hospital has been experiencing significant declines in inpatient utilization, consistent with national trends for small community hospitals. Turnaround efforts led to an increase in admissions in 2013. However, the hospital has been unable to sustain that growth due to a rapidly changing and highly competitive healthcare environment. Total admissions at the hospital have declined by nearly 20% since 2013. As a result of declining inpatient admissions, the hospital is expected to post a significant operating loss in the current fiscal year. In fact, current losses have been trending for more than six years and the hospital is projected to sustain continuing multimillion dollar deficits unless the current configuration of services is changed. The new ambulatory services facility, by contrast, is forecasted to operate without losses based on analysis conducted by the national healthcare consulting firm Kaufman Hall.

With the reduction and ultimate elimination of inpatient beds at Laurel Regional Hospital, employment at the site will be reduced. However, Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) will minimize job losses by offering as many displaced employees as possible comparable positions at Prince George’s Hospital Center and other DHS facilities. Laurel Regional Hospital will phase out all but 30 licensed medical/surgical inpatient beds later this year. It will retain existing behavioral health, rehabilitation and chronic care beds until the new ambulatory care facility is built.

Healthcare is changing rapidly in how it is delivered, funded and regulated. Transitioning Laurel Regional Hospital to an ambulatory care facility is a prudent response to new priorities established by Maryland health regulators to invest in enhancing population health and in services that make the community healthier. The decision to focus on population health embraces the evolving definition of a hospital’s responsibility to the community.

Immediately following the Board’s vote, DHS began informing state and federal health regulators, the employee union, and federal, state and local elected officials of the decision. DHS will also work with Prince George’s County officials and other healthcare providers in the region to address service needs that may be affected, such as behavioral health.

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Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation Awarded $200,000 Planning Grant

Prince George’s County, Maryland, May 18, 2015 – The Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $200,000 planning grant, by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH), to improve the health of the Medicare population in Prince George’s and Calvert counties. The planning grant will also simultaneously work towards lowering healthcare costs. The purpose of the grant is to increase collaboration between health systems, community hospitals, insurance companies, physician practices, long-term care and other providers, as well as community-based organizations and public health departments. The grant also encourages applicants to develop strategies that get more patients and consumers involved in healthcare decision making and processes.

“Many area hospital CEOs, as well as healthcare leaders, support this innovative coalition, which is in the unique position to improve population health for at-risk patients throughout Prince George’s and Calvert communities,” shares Camille R. Bash, chief financial officer for Doctors Community Hospital. “We are a diverse group of stakeholders that truly understand the challenges facing patients, who are frequently admitted into hospitals, and we have joined together to reduce recidivism with ways to improve their overall health. Population health, much like health care itself, can be a complex business. Yet, this coalition is proof that when we all work together we are greater than the sum of our parts.”

The Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation includes: Calvert Memorial Hospital, Dimensions Healthcare System, Doctors Community Hospital (lead applicant), Fort Washington Medical Center, the Area Agency on Aging, MedChi – the Maryland State Medical Society, Southern Maryland Integrated Care, LLC, the Prince George’s County and Calvert County health departments, and many other healthcare providers, religious and non-profit partners.

The coalition’s planning work will initially establish programs for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries that are patient-centered, expandable and sustainable. Patients with frequent hospital utilization and emergency room visits will be interviewed so that the right services can be provided to enhance their care and avoid future complications. Community physicians will be engaged to determine the level of electronic health record and health information exchange utilization, current services for chronic care and transitional care support, as well as their willingness to work within a community-wide infrastructure for patient management.

As the coalition works to develop regional models for enhancing population health, the planning process is expected to last for approximately six months. Once a comprehensive plan has been fully developed, the coalition will go back to HSCRC and MDHMH to seek additional funding for execution and implementation.

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Preventing Heart Disease: Dinner & Lecture

Join us at Laurel Regional Hospital for a Senior Dining & Lecture focused on…

Preventing Heart Disease

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $1.00

Presented by: Jamie Brown, M.D., Director of Cardiac Surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Where:
Laurel Regional Hospital
7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, MD 20707

For more information or to register, call 301‐497‐7914.

Registration is required.

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2015 New Hire Benefits Guide

2015 Dimensions New Hire Guide

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Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts 

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

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Dimensions Healthcare System Appoints Executive Director of Dimensions Healthcare Associates

Cheverly, Maryland, July 24, 2014 – Dimensions Healthcare System is pleased to

welcome Dimensions Healthcare Associates Executive Director Steven K. Twaddle,

FACMPE. He will oversee Dimensions Healthcare Associates and

report to Dimensions Healthcare System President & CEO Neil J.

Moore. Read More

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