St. Mary's Hospital News Briefs

New public health CME series launched collaboratively by MedStar St. Mary's Hospital and St. Mary's County Health Dept.

The St. Mary’s County Health Department and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital are partnering to develop a new Public Health Continuing Medical Education (CME) series for healthcare providers and other community professionals in St. Mary’s County. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland state medical society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

“This is an exciting new educational opportunity for our local healthcare providers and public health community,” stated Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “When healthcare providers know the public health consequences of key health issues and understand local community resources, they can offer more comprehensive care to their patients. Through this new series, professionals in our community will also better understand how they can work with healthcare providers to meet the needs of their patients.”

Participation in the CME series is open to healthcare providers and other professionals in the community who influence population health. The series launches November 20th with an event focused on Substance Use/Prescription Drug Abuse. Topics for 2014 address post-traumatic stress disorder, access to health care, and asthma.

“This new Public Health CME series will provide excellent educational opportunities for our staff and others, while honoring MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s commitment to the health of St. Mary’s County residents,” said Dr. Roxanne Richards, Professional Education Committee Vice Chair at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

The first CME activity in the Public Health series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Participants are required to pre-register in order to attend. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital medical staff and community providers can register by calling 301-475-6088. Associates of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital can self-register in CiNow. Other participants need to pre-register by calling MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Organizational Learning and Research at 301-475-6020.

MedStar St. Mary's is a Fit-Friendly Workplace

The American Heart Association (AHA) named MedStar St. Mary's Hospital a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite placing the hospital among an elite group of awardees in this important initiative.

The AHA supports the implementation of a comprehensive set of wellness initiatives in the workplace. Such programs can be an important means of addressing the nation's rising obesity rates, sedentary behavior, and increasing prevalence of chronic disease.

As an organization devoted to health, MedStar St. Mary's actively seeks ways to engage hospital associates in caring for their health while at work and at home. The hospital offers its associates free Occupational Health services with a nurse practitioner or registered nurse available; free smoking/tobacco cessation medication for employees and family members; free diabetes testing; and nutrition education among a list of other benefits.

The Wellness Committee at MedStar St. Mary's makes available a variety of activities to maximize the health and well being of associates as well. Currently, the committee offers free Yoga classes to associates; a comprehensive walking program complete with incentives and campus walking routes; and discounted Zumba® classes onsite. The cafeteria also offers healthier options such as reduced sodium levels and food free from trans fat.

As a supporting resource organization for the state's Healthiest Maryland Businesses initiative, MedStar St. Mary's is available to assist businesses and non-profits in creating wellness programs. Workplace wellness programs can help reduce healthcare costs, reduce employee absenteeism, increase employee productivity, and can impact insurance costs.

MedStar St. Mary's health educators are available to support organizations or businesses in further developing a wellness policy. If interested in developing a program for your workforce, contact Lori Werrell, director of Health Connections at 301-475-6019.

New Radiologists Add Services at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is pleased to welcome radiology specialists Jeremy Camden, MD, and Scott Kuo, MD. Drs. Camden and Kuo, both with Center Radiology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, are now on staff at MedStar St. Mary's Imaging Department full time. The two physicians bring expertise that will be of additional benefit to Cancer Care & Infusion Services patients.

Musculoskeletal Radiologist Dr. Jeremy Camden specializes in image guided diagnostics and pain management delivery. He has expertise in image guided bone and soft tissue biopsies and bone marrow aspirations and biopsies. Dr. Camden is also able to treat patients in pain management through such procedures as epidural steroid injections to alleviate back pain and facet joint and hip joint injections, among others. Having these procedures available in a convenient location close to home is of great benefit to our patients because it will save time and travel.

Dr. Camden earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He also studied orthopaedics for a year at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey's (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Kuo specializes in interventional radiology with interests in fibroid embolization, varicose veins and vertobroplasty/kyphoplasty, a procedure that is for the stabilization and relief of pain from spine fractures often associated with osteoporosis. He also is experienced in interventional oncology, which includes delivery of chemotherapy directly to liver tumors, relieving bile duct and urine blockage, and placing ports and lines for chemotherapy.

Dr. Kuo received his medical degree from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson University. He did his fellowship and residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Both radiologists chose their areas of specialization because they want to deliver care with minimally invasive procedures that can be used to diagnose as well as treat different disease processes. To make an appointment with Dr. Camden or Dr. Kuo, call Central Scheduling at 301-475-6399.

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