Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors Approves UMMS Affiliation Agreement

TO: Dimensions Healthcare System & Facility Boards
Dimensions Healthcare System Medical Staff
Dimensions Healthcare System Employees
Dimensions Healthcare System Volunteers
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Team

FROM: C. Philip Nichols, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Neil J. Moore, MBA, MPH, MPA, President & CEO

SUBJECT: Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors Approved Affiliation Agreement

We are pleased to announce that on June 8, 2017, the Board of Directors of Dimensions
Healthcare System voted unanimously to approve the Definitive Agreement (affiliation
agreement) by which Dimensions will become an affiliate of the University of Maryland Medical
System (UMMS).

This is an important step, with several key milestones still to follow before UMMS becomes the owner of Dimensions. Over the summer, the UMMS Board of Directors is expected to review and vote on the Definitive Agreement to become the sole corporate member of Dimensions Healthcare System. Upon approval by the UMMS Board, the parties will work toward completion of several legal, regulatory, financial and transactional details required to complete the transition of Dimensions to UMMS ownership. In the interim, all parties are marching toward a new era of healthcare delivery for the citizens of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland, with multiple disciplines and project teams dedicated to the effort. Leadership at Dimensions and UMMS will continue to inform constituents of significant developments along this exciting and complex journey.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to the organization as we move forward to enhance healthcare in Prince George’s County and the surrounding areas. You are the life line to the patients we serve and your service is greatly appreciated.

Minority Business Enterprise Networking Fair

The University of Maryland Medical System will be hosting a Minority Business Enterprise networking fair for the construction of the new regional medical center in Largo, Maryland, An overview of the current project will be presented. The construction managers that will be bidding the project will also have booths for networking.

When: Wednesday June 28, 2017 and Thursday July 12, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: 900 A Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Largo, Maryland  20774

All interested parties are encouraged to attend this FREE meet and greet with Prospective Construction Management Bidders & learn more about the project and opportunities for Local/Minority Participation. Please R S V P to Dawn Hall at dhall4@umm.edu.

Open House Hiring Event Summer 2017

Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS)
Open House Hiring Event Summer 2017

Location: Gladys Spellman Conference Room

Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
Time: 12:00-4:00pm

Please RSVP by May 8th to dennis.smith@dimensionshealth.org.

Take Back The Night Event on Thursday, April 6 — Press Release and Flier

In commemoration of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System will hold its 14th Annual “Take Back the Night,” a rally and candlelight vigil honoring the triumphs of all survivors of sexual assault/abuse from Prince George’s County and surrounding communities. In its 44 years of existence, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center has served over 25,000 victims and their families. The event will also exhibit the Clothesline Project done by survivors, and will be held rain or shine.

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017

TIME: 6:30 -9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Surgical Pavilion, Prince George’s Hospital Center
       3001 Hospital Drive
       Cheverly, MD 20785

WHO: Donine Carrington, Chief, Special Victims and Family Violence Unit, Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County

     Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

WHY: To commemorate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by honoring the survivors of sexual assault and abuse and to increase awareness in the community.

PHOTO OPPS: Guest speakers, the Clothesline Project and the candlelight vigil

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Event Flyers

2nd Annual Statewide Distracted Driving Awareness Day Event

Maryland’s Trauma System to Hold Distracted Driving Prevention and Awareness Events on April 5, 2017

In recognition of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Maryland Trauma Quality Improvement Committee (TQIC), made up of representatives from the Maryland Trauma Centers, are holding a Distracted Driving Prevention Awareness day this Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at trauma centers across the state. Distracted driving continues to be a dangerous, escalating problem on Maryland’s roadways. Our Maryland trauma centers see the tragic results that occur when individuals drive while distracted.

Each of the following trauma centers have prepared events to bring statewide awareness to distracted driving and how it can be prevented: The Johns Hopkins Hospital Adult Trauma Center, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Center, Suburban Hospital Trauma Center – Johns Hopkins Medicine, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Prince George’s Hospital Center, Sinai Hospital, Western Maryland Health System, Meritus Medical Center, Children’s National Health System, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Event Flyers

Happy Doctor’s Day MARCH 30TH to our Dimensions Healthcare System Physicians!

We celebrate you at each hospital:

Prince George’s Hospital

Laurel Regional Hospital

Bowie Health Center

Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center Designated as Center of Excellence

Laurel, Maryland, March 9, 2017 – The Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been named a Center of Excellence by Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care services in the United States. Laurel Regional Hospital’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center achieved Center of Excellence status after being named as a Center of Distinction for two consecutive years. 

Laurel Regional Hospital is one of only four centers in Maryland, and the only one in the Baltimore/Washington corridor to receive the Center of Excellence distinction. Out of 334 eligible Healogics wound care centers, only 169 acheived Center of Excellence status nationally for care provided last year. The Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 24 consecutive months, exceeding the benchmarks required by Healogics for designation. The center’s care team achieved a 93 percent patient satisfaction rate, 94 percent healing rate and 21 median days to heal. 

“The team at Laurel Regional Hospital ranks among the national leaders in wound care services,” says Trudy Hall, interiom president and vice president of medical affairs at Laurel Regional Hospital, a member of Dimensions Healthcare System. “This award attests to our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our wound care patients who rely on our expertise. We implement only the best practices to heal severe wounds so our patients may return to the quality of life they enjoyed prior to injury.” 

“Earning Center of Distinction status for the second consecutive year is a true testament of the staff’s knowledge and expertise,” adds Gerald M. Hayward, M.D., medical director of the Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “We are proud to be designated as a Center of Excellence based on our remarkable patient satisfaction and outcomes, most notably a 94 percent healing rate. This recognition is well-deserved and I am extremely proud of my colleagues and team.”

The Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

About Laurel Regional Hospital 
Laurel Regional Hospital is an acute-care, community hospital, sited on 48 acres, conveniently located in Laurel, Maryland. It offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services to the Northern Prince George’s County community, as well as other surrounding counties. Laurel Regional Hospital houses the Gladys Spellman Specialty Care Unit, which is the only specialty care program in the area, within an acute-care hospital, providing 24-hour physician coverage. In 2015, the first ever navigational bronchoscopy procedure in Prince George’s County was performed at Laurel Regional Hospital. Laurel Regional Hospital is a proud member of Dimensions Healthcare System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Prince George’s County and southern Maryland (Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties). Visit www.DimensionsHealth.org for more information. 

About Dimensions Healthcare System 
Created in 1982, Dimensions Healthcare System is an integrated, not-for-profit, community-owned organization providing comprehensive, quality healthcare services to the residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland and surrounding areas. The facilities that comprise Dimensions Healthcare System include: Bowie Health Center Campus, Family Health and Wellness Center, Laurel Regional Hospital, Prince George’s Hospital Center and the Rachel H. Pemberton Senior Health Center. Dimensions Healthcare System is the largest provider of healthcare services headquartered in Prince George’s County, Maryland, caring for more than 150,000 patients each year. Both hospitals within Dimensions Healthcare System have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Dimensions Healthcare System, visit www.dimensionshealth.org

About Healogics, Inc. 
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw approximately 285,000 new patients in 2015 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.

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Diabetes Self-Management Program

Are you a person with pre- or borderline diabetes, as well as coping with diabetes? Then take full advantage of this Workshop. Do not miss this free opportunity to better your health condition or that of your family or if you are a caregiver. The consequences of you not paying attention regularly to any form of diabetes are multifold. This is a worthwhile investment of your time and energy to lead a productive lifestyle.

DSME courses at Cheverly will be June 27, 2017 through August 15, 2017. The times are the classes are from 2pm-4:30pm.


New Discharge Call Program at Prince George’s Hospital Center

Prince George’s Hospital Center has partnered with Connect by National Research Corporation, a patient discharge call program that supports hospitals in driving clinical and service recovery. The program is a known industry best practice for readmission prevention, which assists in the immediate post-discharge phase of the patient care continuum. Calls take approximately two minutes, and allow improvement to the patient experience through addressing remaining service concerns or clinical questions after patients leave the facility. The program will begin March 20, 2017. Please feel free to call Kristin Forrest at 301.618.3565.

Prince George’s County Health Department Celebrates the Grand Opening of a New Patient Centered Medical Home

On December 20, 2016, Prince George’s County Health Department and Dimensions Healthcare System will celebrate the opening of the Dimensions Specialty Care Center in Coral Hills. This event marks the introduction of the County’s fifth Health Enterprise Zone Patient Centered Medical Home. The opening of the Dimensions Specialty Care Center will complete the development phase of the Health Enterprise Zone project which sought to expand and establish five new medical practices to serve more than 40,000 residents in and around the 20743 zip code. Please read the new press release here.