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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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2nd Annual Heart Healthy Bike Tour

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Kick-off at 8:00am
Starting Point: Greenbelt Metro Station
(rain or shine)

The tour will follow the Patuxent Wildlife Center Loop
Beginner Cyclists – 25 mile route
Experienced Cyclists – 40 mile route

Proceeds will benefit the Prince George’s Hospital Center Cardiac Surgery Program

Bike Tour Flyer – 2015

Rider Benefits:

  • Goodie Bag for each cyclist
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Chance to meet up with old acquaintances and make new ones
  • Opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of the following prizes!

1st Prize – Fuji Roubaix Bike
2nd prize – Samsung Gear Fit Watch
3rd prize – $100 Gift Certificate to Capitol Hill Bikes

Parking:

Greenbelt Metro Station (Parking is Free on Saturdays)

Entry Fees:

  • $35 general registration starting May 18 until day of the ride.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • $3,000 Big Wheel
  • $2,000 Mountain Bike
  • $1,000 Cruiser Bike
  • $500 Road Bike
  • $350 Hydration Station (Only Two Available)
  • $250 Trike


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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® University of Maryland Raises Money for the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® University of Maryland Raises Money for the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Location: In front of the Univ. of MD Main Admin Building

Sponsored by The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct – University of Maryland, College Park,
College Park, MD

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a light-hearted event for men, and people who identify as male, to raise awareness in their community about men’s sexualized violence against women and its devastating impact. There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men (and those who are male identified) to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women. 

To help raise awareness and funds for the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System, click the blue button to make a donation.

To register and participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, click here.

Together, we can raise significant funds and awareness for the services provided by the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center at Dimensions Healthcare System!

Certificate of Need Application for New Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center Reaches another Milestone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2015

CONTACT: Erika Murray
PHONE: 301-618-6044
CELL: 240-445-9460

 

–Maryland Health Care Commission Dockets RMC Certificate of Need–

Cheverly, Maryland, April 3, 2015 – Dimensions Healthcare System’s Certificate of Need (CON) application for a new Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Prince George’s County has been docketed by the Maryland Health Care Commission, which initiates the formal review process of the CON. The updated application, submitted this past January, included changes made to the design of the RMC, as well as updated responses to standards in the State Health Plan. The original CON application was filed on October 4, 2013.

“We are pleased to hear that the Maryland Health Care Commission has docketed our CON application. I’d like to thank the leadership and staff members of both the Maryland Health Care Commission and Health Services Cost Review Commission for their feedback and assistance,” says Neil J. Moore, president and chief executive officer of Dimensions Healthcare System. “We are optimistic that our CON application will be approved so that we can achieve our vision of transforming health care in this region and improving service to our communities.”

“The new regional medical center in Largo is going to transform health care in Prince George’s County and drive economic development around The Boulevard at the Capital Centre and the Largo Metro Station, as well as increase the number of primary care physicians, specialists and health-related services for our residents,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I want to thank the University of Maryland Medical System, Dimensions Healthcare System, and the State of Maryland, specifically Governors Hogan and O’Malley, for their unwavering support, commitment, and investment in our residents’ health and the quality of life of our communities. Today’s docketing of the Certificate of Need represents years of hard work and preparation. I am confident that this application will be approved and that the regional medical center will quickly come to fruition.”

“The University of Maryland Medical System is pleased that the project has reached this milestone, which advances the dialogue on quality health care for the citizens of Prince George’s County,” said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “UMMS continues to enjoy an ever-strengthening relationship with Dimensions Healthcare System, further advanced by working together to provide enhanced patient care in areas such as cardiac surgery, orthopedics and emergency medicine.”

“Access to quality health care for our residents and growing our local economy are priority concerns for the Prince George’s County Council, and we are certainly pleased at the news that this critical project is taking an exciting step forward with the recent action of the Maryland Health Care Commission on the Certificate of Need application,” adds Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D) – District 9. “Committed to the health and wellness of our citizens, the Council, in our capacity as the County’s Board of Health, has designated health care as a legislative priority, and we look forward to our continuing partnership with all stakeholders to build a world-class regional medical center, which will ensure that the people of Prince George’s County receive the quality health care they deserve and serve as an economic engine for the new economy.”

The new medical center project is a partnership between Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS), University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), the State of Maryland, Prince George’s County and the University System of Maryland – as officially designated in a Memorandum of Understanding to meet the healthcare needs of residents of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland. Project work began more than three years ago with a public health impact study authored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study highlighted chronic health conditions prevalent in Prince George’s County, the need for more than 60 primary care physicians in the county, the benefits of an affiliation with an academic institution in regards to health care delivered in the county and the need for enhanced coordination with county public health services.

Since the release of the study, DHS and UMMS have partnered to strengthen emergency department services throughout DHS, renew cardiac surgery at Prince George’s Hospital Center and bolster orthopedic trauma care. Prince George’s County has also developed a primary healthcare strategic plan to support significant improvements in the health of all citizens and residents of Prince George’s County. The County’s primary healthcare strategic plan addresses physician shortages, access to healthcare services as well as healthcare coordination.

The new regional medical center has received favorable support from community members, businesspersons and legislative leaders in the area. A significant number of Prince George’s County residents leave the county for care and a new regional medical center would provide residents with high quality care close to home. The proposed 231-bed facility will be located on 26 acres in Largo, Maryland, at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre. Following CON approval, groundbreaking for the approximately $645 million project could occur in 2016 with occupation by 2019.

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The Future of Nursing in a Changing World Symposium

Date: May 6, 2015

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Prince George’s Hospital Center, Hospital Auditorium
3001 Hospital Drive
Cheverly, MD 20785

Deadline for Registration: May 1, 2015

Registration Fee:
Dimensions Healthcare System Employees: Free
Outside Participants: $50.00 (Make checks payable to: Prince George’s Hospital Center)
Student: $10

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For questions please call 301.618.2170

Substitutions and Cancellations
Cancellations must be received at least 14 days prior to the course date. Cancellations received after that date will forfeit fees. Every effort will be made to schedule attendance at a future offering of the program. A substitute participant may be arranged with prior approval by calling (301) 618-6135.

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

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts 

Dimensions Healthcare System 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

Read More Here: DHS 1199SEIU Employees Vote to Ratify New Contracts

Board of Directors Annual Meeting Public Notice

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of Dimensions Health Corporation is scheduled for:

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:30 a.m.

Corporate Office
3001 Hospital Drive
Cheverly, MD 20785

All board members are requested to attend.

Please note that a part or all of the meeting may be conducted in closed session.

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