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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Receives $232,000 to Combat Crisis of Advanced Colon Cancer among African-Americans in Ward 5

American Cancer Society and Cigna Foundation Grants Support “Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood” Washington, D.C., March 23, 2017 – The American Cancer Society and the Cigna Foundation have collectively awarded $232,000 in grants to MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s innovative community-based program to address the crisis of advanced colon cancer, occurring largely among African-Americans with health insurance living in Washington D.C.’s Ward 5. The American Cancer Society provided $99,000, and Cigna awarded $133,000 to support “Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood,”  a program recognized in former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, as an innovative effort to promote equitable…

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First in Northeast Region to Implant Investigational Stroke-Reducing Device

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2017 - MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center became the first facility in the Northeast region to implant an investigational device designed to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) or an abnormal heart rhythm.  The electrophysiology team–Manish Shah, MD and Sarfraz Durrani, MD– implanted the AMPLATZER™ Amulet investigational device, as part of a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate the device’s safety and effectiveness. The Amulet works by sealing off the left atrial appendage (LAA), a small area of the heart, where blood clots form and migrate into the bloodstream, potentially…

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Media Advisory: MedStar Washington Hospital Center Nursing Hosts Evidence-Based Practice Research Conference

When:Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  Where:Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Conference Center  What:  Evidence-based research is an increasing part of nursing practice, both in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Just what that research entails – and how to conduct and support that research in an acute care environment – will be among the topics at the 2nd Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 9 at Catholic University. “The return of this event reflects rising interest in improving patient care with nursing practices rooted in evidence-based research,” notes Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP,…

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Major Milestone: MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Performs 100th WATCHMAN Procedure

Most Experienced WATCHMAN Site on Mid-Atlantic SeaboardWashington, D.C., January 26, 2017 – Marc Favors of Centreville, Va., had a stroke in 2014, and it meant he had to take daily blood thinners. But thanks to WATCHMAN™, a stroke-reducing device that he received last year at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, he’s off the drugs, and he no longer suffers from the side effects caused by the blood thinners.Currently, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore offer the device to patients who have atrial fibrillation (A-fib), an abnormal heart rhythm that causes a fast and erratic heartbeat.…

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