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Weekly Progress Notes, October 24, 2018


A Note from Jacky Schultz, President, Suburban Hospital

Dear Colleagues,

Suburban Hospital continually strives to provide the safest, highest-quality care for our patients. Your continued dedication to patient safety embodies this institution’s commitment to quality improvement. We thank you for helping us foster a culture of safety.

As you are an important leader in ensuring the safety and quality of care delivered to Suburban Hospital patients, we invite you to attend the annual Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Forum which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the hospital’s auditorium.

This forum will feature an update on quality-based reimbursement, an overview of resilience in high-reliability organizations, and recognition of recent Suburban patient safety success stories. It will also include presentations on workplace violence and clinical care pathways. You will have an opportunity to share your ideas in a Q&A session.

We hope to see you at the event and that you will encourage your employees to attend.

Best regards,

Jacky Schultz, R.N., M.S.N.
President, Suburban Hospital

Renee Demski, M.S.W., M.B.A.
Interim Senior Vice President of Quality, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial

CAPRES and Dr. Gregory Kumkumian, enrolled their first patient into the CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial. The CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial, uses autologous stem cells for treatment of ischemic heart failure that has developed after a heart attack. Those patients who qualify must have the following: a diagnosis of ischemic left ventricular dysfunction, an ejection fraction of between 20-40%, have had a previous myocardial infarction (> 6 months), and be between the ages of 22-89.

For more information, please contact Sarah Lowe, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, CAPRES at 301-896-7576 or Jon

Paradise Summary

Paradise-MI: Randomized, double-blind phase 3 study: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) titrated to a target dose of 200 mg twice daily, compared to ramipril titrated to a target dose of 5 mg twice daily, in post-AMI patients with evidence of LV systolic dysfunction and/or pulmonary congestion

Major Inclusion:

1.    Acute MI

2.    Evidence of LV systolic dysfunction </= 40 % and/or pulmonary congestion

Major Exclusion:

1.    Known history of chronic HF

2.    Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) performed or planned for index MI

3.    Clinically significant right ventricular MI as index MI

For more information contact: Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregory Kumkumiam M.D.

Heart Fid Summary-JHCP Global list

  Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled  Study

of Injectafer® (Ferric Carboxymaltose)-

 IV Fe study drug for Iron Deficiency, in the Treatment of Heart failure  

Major Inclusion:

§  Stable Heart failure (NYHA II-IV)

§  LVEF <35% within 12 months or <25 within 24 months

  Major Exclusion:

§  Oral Fe supplementation.

§  AMI, TIA, or CVA within 3 months of enrollment.

For more information contact: Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregory Kumkumiam M.D

WASH-FM Facebook Live event

On October 28, Drs. Pam Wright and Pouneh Razavi will participate in a Facebook live interview with radio host Chilli Amar. Watch online as they discuss advances in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

To RSVP, click here.

Mandatory Flu Vaccinations Beginning October 8, 2018

We will offer free flu vaccine clinics to our employees, physicians, and volunteers as we have done every year, at various locations and times for your convenience. The flu clinic schedule and a detailed “Frequently Asked Questions” document will be placed on the SHIP Intranet or can be obtained from your manager.  Those who receive the flu vaccine outside of Suburban Hospital will be required to provide documentation to Employee Health.  The final flu clinic will be held on November 16, 2018. The deadline for vaccination and documentation is also November 16, 2018.

Learn more here.

Diamond Ball on December 1

Don’t miss your chance to attend Suburban Hospital’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Ball on December 1 at the Bethesda Hyatt.  Sponsorships available at  Special thanks to all the physicians at JHCP Heart Care for stepping up as a lead (Sapphire) sponsor!  The Axis Healthcare Group and Dr. Pamela Wright also recently joined the list of physician sponsors of this important event.

Free! Freedom From Smoking Classes in the Community

Please share this great information with your patients.  Suburban has partnered with JHCP and the Town of Poolesville to present Freedom from Smoking courses in the community at no cost to the participant.

Details are here.  Call 301-896-2334 with questions.

October 2018 Medical Staff Calendar: Click here


Suburban Hospital CME Upcoming Symposia

Breakfast and lunch are included | All have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Updates in Head and Neck Cancer Featuring the Dr. Jay Grodin Memorial Lecture

Click here for the brochure.

  •   Date – October 27, 2018
  •   Time – 7:30 am – 5:00 p.m.
  •   8 CME credits
  •   Fee:  $25

Register here

Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

October 24: TR conference—to access please click here.

October 25: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access please click here. Find more information here.

October 26: Oncology Grand Rounds—to access please click here.

October 19: Medical Grand Rounds—to access please click here.


Tip of the Week: Updates to Medication Discontinue Reasons

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