No One Should Die Alone: The Gift of Being There for Patients
The Spiritual Care Department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has launched the Not Alone Transition Companion program, to provide critically ill or dying patients with a companion when family members or friends are not available. Companions sit with patients, read to them or even hold a hand in their final days or hours, so that patients are not alone at the bedside.

Category : MedStar in the community ,

New Videophone Technology Enhances Communication for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients
MedStar Washington Hospital Center has installed an innovative videophone booth for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to communicate with others in real-time. The Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®) videophone allows those who use American Sign Language (ASL) to place phone calls through a sign language interpreter.

Category : Innovation ,

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Recognizes Nurse Joy Moore as 2015 Hematology/Oncology Nurse of the Year
The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has named Joy Moore, RN, the 2015 Hematology/Oncology Nurse of the Year. Moore is a veteran nurse in the oncology unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The award honors nurses who make a difference in the treatment of patients with blood cancers and are at the forefront of patient care.

Category : Cancer , Oncology ,

Newly Approved WATCHMAN Heart Device Gives Patients Alternative to Blood Thinners and Reduces Stroke Risk
Physicians at MedStar Heart at MedStar Washington Hospital Center were the first in the Washington metropolitan region to successfully implant the WATCHMAN™ Device on June 16 in two patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib).

Category : Cardiology , Healthcare industry , Innovation ,

Dr. Steven Goldstein Receives Physician Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Echocardiography
Steven A. Goldstein, MD, FASE, director of Non-invasive Laboratory, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, is the recipient of the 2015 Physician Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), for his leadership and service in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound.

Category : Cardiology , Healthcare industry ,

A Proven Model: National Demonstration Validates Treating Frail Elders in their Home Saves in Medicare Costs
The Medical House Call program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center announced positive and promising results in its first year as part of a national Independence at Home Demonstration, focusing on providing high-quality care to chronically ill elders in their home.

Category : Geriatrics , Healthcare industry ,

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