St. Mary's Hospital Merges With Medstar Health - Southern Maryland Headline News

St. Mary's Hospital Merges With Medstar Health

COLUMBIA, Md. (Sept. 22, 2009) - St. Mary’s Hospital, the largest private employer and only hospital in St. Mary’s County, has merged with MedStar Health, the region’s largest nonprofit healthcare system. St. Mary’s Hospital is the ninth hospital in MedStar Health’s network and the first hospital in the Southern Maryland region to join the healthcare system.

"We are excited to partner with MedStar Health," says Christine R. Wray, president of St. Mary's Hospital. "Our partnership highlights shared values, a community focus, as well as our joint commitment to the highest quality care. MedStar offers us world-renowned expertise and resources. We look forward to being a part of MedStar Health as St. Mary's Hospital grows to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding community."

The community will benefit from the merger, as St. Mary’s Hospital will have additional opportunities in, and access to, medical teaching and residency programs, clinical trials, research programs, physician recruitment and outpatient treatment programs through MedStar Health. St. Mary’s Hospital already has an established relationship with MedSTAR Transport, as well as Washington Hospital Center, which will both be expanded upon as a result of the merger.

“St. Mary’s patient-first culture and service area are complementary to MedStar Health and will allow us to expand our long-standing partnership with St. Mary’s,” says MedStar Health President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet. “Together we will build upon St. Mary’s well-established programs with new resources and opportunities for collaborative clinical programming to accelerate growth, while expanding services and continuing to build on its commitment to quality.”

St. Mary’s Hospital was recently recognized with the 2009 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement and joins three other MedStar hospitals in receiving this distinction. In addition, St. Mary's Hospital was the first hospital in Southern Maryland to implement a fully integrated electronic medical records system, a barcode medication administration device and computerized physician order entry.

St. Mary's Hospital is a 103-bed, full-service hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care.

MedStar Health is a $3.8 billion non-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of nine hospitals and other healthcare services across Maryland and in the Washington, D.C., region. The hospitals, which include both teaching and community facilities, are Franklin Square Hospital Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital in Maryland, and Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia.

MedStar Health is based in Columbia, Maryland, and as the region's largest healthcare system, it is also one of the largest employers with 26,000 employees and more than 5,300 affiliated physicians, all of whom support

Source: MedStar Health

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