Med­Star Health opens new fa­cil­ity in Brandy­wine

In­te­grated med­i­cal cam­pus to serve res­i­dents of Prince Ge­orge’s, Charles coun­ties

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

Com­bin­ing the best as­pects of aca­demic medicine, re­search and in­no­va­tion with a com­plete spec­trum of clin­i­cal ser­vices to ad­vance pa­tient care, Med­Star Health of­fi­cials hosted a grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion July 14 for their new­est one-stop shop in Brandy­wine to serve res­i­dents of Prince Ge­orge’s and Charles coun­ties.

More than 50 health care rep­re­sen­ta­tives, elected of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity part­ners at­tended the event which fea­tured re­marks from Med­Star Am­bu­la­tory Ser­vices Pres­i­dent Bob Gil­bert, Med­Star Health In­sur­ance and Di­ver­si­fied Op­er­a­tions Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Eric Wag­ner, Med­Star Or­thopaedic In­sti­tute mem­ber and ortho­pe­dic sur­geon Dr. Den­nis Car­lini, Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil­man Mel Franklin (D), Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr. (D-Charles, Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s) and David Har­ring­ton, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Prince Ge­orge’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“What we have here to­day is a [three-story] 60,000 square-foot fa­cil­ity de­signed to be one of our in­te­grated med­i­cal cam­puses,” Gil­bert said in an in­ter­view. “Hav­ing ser­vices that are com­pre­hen­sive in na­ture as well

as hav­ing physi­cians that co­or­di­nate care amongst one an­other.”

Med­Star Health at Brandy­wine — the sec­ond site in Prince Ge­orge’s County and third over­all in Mary­land — will bring med­i­cal spe­cial­ists from Med­Star Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Med­Star Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter and Med­Star NRH Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Net­work to one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, along with pri­mary care. The new fa­cil­ity will also fea­ture a com­mu­nity room for use by lo­cal groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from Med­Star’s mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fice.

“In the first month, we’ll have 10 dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ists see­ing pa­tients in this fa­cil­ity, some full-time and some com­ing in once a month,” Gil­bert said. “They’re all hooked up and in­te­grated into the same med­i­cal record so that as prob­lems come up, and given how we’ve laid out the space, it re­ally al­lows dis­cus­sion back and forth be­tween spe­cial­ists.”

Gil­bert said modern tech­no­log­i­cal fixes in­clude a 1.5 Tesla MRI ma­chine, wherein ra­di­ol­o­gists will be on-site to take an image im­me­di­ately and share that in­for­ma­tion with a pa­tient’s pri­mary care physi­cian and the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal spe­cial­ist. From there, a de­ci­sion can be made on whether that pa­tient needs surgery or should sched­ule a re­hab ap­point­ment, which can be made dur­ing the same visit, he said.

“It’s that whole con­cept of one-stop shop­ping, physi­cians talk­ing to each other — ei­ther di­rectly or via the in­te­grated med­i­cal record — and re­ally try­ing to come up with health care that’s con­ve­nient, ef­fi­cient and re­ally fo­cused on you, the pa­tient,” Gil­bert said.

As the largest health­care provider in Mary­land and the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., re­gion, Med­Star Health cares for more than 500,000 pa­tients each year and claims to be com­mit­ted to its not­for-profit mis­sion in serv­ing pa­tients, those who care for them and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Part of its vi­sion as a leader in car­ing for peo­ple and ad­vanc­ing health in­cludes pro­vid­ing zero-pre­ventable harm, high­est qual­ity of care and trans­parency while fo­cus­ing on six core val­ues: ser­vice, pa­tient first, in­tegrity, re­spect, in­no­va­tion and team­work, ac­cord­ing to Med­Star Health’s web­site.

Gil­bert said the Brandy­wine lo­ca­tion is the fifth in­te­grated cam­pus Med­Star has opened up in the last three to four years. What sep­a­rates Med­Star from other health care providers is that the cen­ters are de­signed to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date pa­tients as well as en­cour­age eas­ier com­mu­ni­ca­tion among the spe­cial­ists, he said.

“What we’ll find here is re­ally a lot of con­sol­i­da­tion of what Med­Star al­ready has in the com­mu­nity and putting it un­der one roof,” Gil­bert said.

“It’s an ex­ten­sion of our dis­trib­uted-care de­liv­ery net­work strat­egy,” Wag­ner said. “It ties to our ac­qui­si­tion of Med­Star South­ern Mary­land Hos­pi­tal. … We want to ac­tu­ally bring ser­vices closer to where peo­ple live and work in Prince Ge­orge’s County. I think we’re do­ing that at the hos­pi­tal and this is just an­other ex­am­ple of that.”

Med­Star Health at Brandy­wine will have an am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter on the lower level within the next year or so. These types of needs are nec­es­sary and an­chors an area that’s grow­ing along both the U.S. 301 and Route 5 cor­ri­dors, ac­cord­ing to Wag­ner.

“It’s an­other way to reach out fur­ther into the com­mu­nity to bring, what I be­lieve, is needed health care and mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble,” said Med­Star Health Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Chris­tine R. Wray, a 35-year vet­eran in the health care in­dus­try who is also pres­i­dent of Med­Star South­ern Mary­land Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter. “We’ll have per­ma­nent prac­tices so there will al­ways be ortho­pe­dic sur­geons. There will al­ways be EMT here. There will al­ways be car­di­ol­ogy and there’s al­ways go­ing to be pri­mary care. We’ll also have a suite where we can bring sub-spe­cial­ized peo­ple and other kinds of ser­vices that aren’t al­ways needed ev­ery sin­gle day, but they’re needed twice a week or some­thing like that. We’ll grow the prac­tices that way. So it gives us flex­i­bil­ity based on what’s needed here in the com­mu­nity and what the pa­tients want.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing qual­ity health care, Wray said Med­Star is im­ple­ment­ing a sys­tem where ev­ery­body will be con­nected by way of tech­nol­ogy and a sense of com­mu­nity.

“We’ve got this won­der­ful fa­cil­ity here in the heart of our leg­isla­tive district,” Miller said. “For too long, our peo­ple have had to go out of the county for health care. For too long, they’ve had to rely on hos­pi­tal emer­gency rooms for their pri­mary care physi­cian. To have these won­der­ful doc­tors in this won­der­ful hos­pi­tal here in Brandy­wine is a dream come true.”

For Franklin, he is ex­cited about Med­Star and its in­vest­ment in Prince Ge­orge’s County, es­pe­cially in south county where Brandy­wine is one of his con­stituent ar­eas. The ex­tra­or­di­nary thing is that it’s only the be­gin­ning as the county is on its way to be­com­ing a health care des­ti­na­tion for the en­tire re­gion, Franklin said.

“This area of the county is re­ally be­com­ing a med­i­cal hub,” Har­ring­ton said. “The amaz­ing jobs that are be­ing cre­ated here, the in­no­va­tion that’s hap­pen­ing here in a way that’s driv­ing the med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy and all of the in­cred­i­ble things that are hap­pen­ing here [will not only go] well for this re­gion, but also for Prince Ge­orge’s County [at-large].”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HE­LEN JOHN OF HE­LEN JOHN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Med­Star Health of­fi­cials joined more than 50 com­mu­nity part­ners, county and state elected of­fi­cials June 14 for the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the new Med­Star Health at Brandy­wine fa­cil­ity, which will serve res­i­dent of Prince Ge­orge’s and Charles coun­ties. From left is Eric Wag­ner, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for In­sur­ance and Di­ver­si­fied Op­er­a­tions, Med­Star Health; Den­nis Car­lini, ortho­pe­dic sur­geon for Med­Star Or­thopaedic In­sti­tute; Mary­land State Del­e­gate El­iz­a­beth G. Susie Proc­tor; Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil­man Mel Franklin; Bob Gil­bert, pres­i­dent of Med­Star Am­bu­la­tory Ser­vices; Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., pres­i­dent of the Mary­land State Se­nate; Mary­land State Del. Michael Jack­son; Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil­man Todd Turner; and David Har­ring­ton, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Prince Ge­orge’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Med­Star Am­bu­la­tory Ser­vices Pres­i­dent Bob Gil­bert stands in one of the exam rooms where spe­cial­ists and pri­mary care physi­cians will be able to com­mu­ni­cate openly as they see pa­tients.

Modern tech­no­log­i­cal fixes in­clude a 1.5 Tesla MRI ma­chine. Ra­di­ol­o­gists will be on-site to take an image im­me­di­ately and share that in­for­ma­tion with a pa­tient’s pri­mary care physi­cian and the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal spe­cial­ist.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

An en­larged open space where con­struc­tion for the new am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter will take place on the lower level.

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