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Hagerstown Herald-Mail - July 14, 2014

Vaccination changes for 2014-15 year

The U.S. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has added a few new vaccination requirements for students for the 2014-2015 school year. What are they and why are they important? Dr. Steven Blash, family practitioner at JHCP Hagerstown discusses the various vaccinations, ages kids should receive them, their importance, potential side effects and what do you if your child experiences this and insurance coverage.

The Washington Post - May 26, 2014

Going to the Doctor for Back Pain can be a Slippery Slope

“As a spine surgeon, I try to avoid surgery,” says Jay Khanna, director of the Johns Hopkins Orthopedic and Spine Surgery practice for the Washington area. For chronic back pain, he recommends physical therapy to strengthen the muscle support for the spine as well as “activity modification,” which might mean avoiding bending over or lifting heavy things.

NPR - May 7, 2014

Seeking Better Ways to Tell if Surgery is too Risky

Since half of all surgery in the United States is performed on people 65 and older, figuring out an individual's risk is key. Measuring frailty beforehand more accurately predicts who will do well after surgery, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery. "We're now entering a new era of prediction of risks for surgery," says Dr. Michael Zenilman, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who wrote a commentary on the study. "Surgeons were never trained in recognizing frailty."

The Patriot Life - Spring 2014

Why Brain Rest Is Vital for Concussions

What is the difference between a concussion and a mild bump on a child's head? How are concussions diagnosed and treated? Dr. Alicia Tucker, a sports medicine specialist from JHCP Bowie, answers these questions and more on page 2 of Patriot Life.

Washingtonian - March 2014

"Top Doctors" 2014

Congratulations to Johns Hopkins Community Physicians' primary care physicians, cardiologists and specialty surgeons honored as Washingtonian magazine's 2014 "Top Doctors."

Wall Street Journal - Feb. 24, 2014

How to Pick a Primary-Care Doctor

The best physicians are caring, competent and connected, according Dr. Peter Pronovost, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Pronovost describes the three "Cs" in detail in a blog entry for the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Steven Kravet, President of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, agrees. "When a physician is caring, patients may stay with that physician even if they find the physician is not competent or connected," he said. "Patients should not hesitate to change physicians when they are not satisfied. They should not worry about hurting their physician's feelings."

The Bowie Blade News - Feb. 6, 2014

Youth Leaders 'On Call' for the Day at Medical Centers

Some very special guests visited JHCP Bowie recently - members of Youth Leadership Bowie (YLB). The group toured the practice and met with Drs. Paul Giles, Alicia Tucker and Amina Watson. Practice Administrator Tere Englund spoke about her life and what it really means to be a leader. Thank you to YLB for visiting!

Wellness Matters - Spring 2014

Losing Weight Helps Sleep Apnea - Simple Steps One Man Took to Reclaim His Life

Sleep medicine specialist Dr. Carmen Salvaterra at JHCP Pulmonolgy and Sleep Medicine discusses the significant impact that weight can have on your sleep. Learn how one patient lost 155 and how his sleep apnea improved. Article is on pages 6-7.

The Patriot Life - Winter 2014

When Over Exertion Means Trouble

We're still in the midst of winter's grip, which means snow shoveling for many. But, even the smallest amount of shoveling can cause your heart exertion, said cardiologist Maureen Collins Fennell, M.D., of JHCP Heart Care Rockville. What are the warning signs of a heart attack and how can you prevent this? Dr. Fennell explains on page 2 of Patriot Life.

Suburban Hospital Health eNews - Jan. 17, 2014

New Guidelines on Statins

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released new guidelines that call for sweeping changes in the way cholesterol-lowering statin medications are prescribed. These new guidelines have caused much controversy, as physicians across the country debate the science behind the new recommendations, the merits of changing decades-old practices, and the idea of placing even more of their patients on statin therapy. Dr. Eric Lieberman, cardiologist at JHCP Heart Care, sheds some light on the new guidelines and the use of statins to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.

New Directions - Winter 2013/14

When Physician Collaboration Is the Key to a Better Outcome

For more than two decades, Dr. Alan Schneider has been treating Wheaton resident Mark Olkon, 61, for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition, which results in an abnormally thickened heart muscle, causes shortness of breath and chest pain and may be associated with a variety of abnormal heart rhythms. In spite of medical therapy, a pacemaker/defibrillator and an ablation for atrial flutter four years ago, his condition continued to deteriorate; by 2011 he had developed atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. Dr. Schneider referred Olkon to Johns Hopkins heart rhythm specialist Joseph Marine, M.D., for consideration of a complex catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. What happened next, saved Olkon's life.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Connection

Since January 2012, JHCP Heart Care and Suburban Hospital have teamed up to provide patients access to sub-specialists with expertise in areas such as heart transplants, trans-catheter aortic valve replacement and genetic evaluations, in the greater Washington, DC region. "Our goal is to work with cardiologists in the community to provide the highest quality, coordinated and streamlined care for patients at the right place and the right time," says Dr. Joseph Marine, who serves as the cardiology section chief for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.

JHCP Heart Care Expands Services

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) Heart Care recently opened two offices in Montgomery County, Md., and added five cardiologists to the team!

Bethesda Magazine - September/October 2013

Scoliosis: Trouble with the Curve

With adults in their 60s to 80s, scoliosis is often accompanied by and related to disc degeneration, disc herniation and/or spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots), says Dr. Jay Khanna, a spine surgeon at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. As a result, these older adults may experience back pain, leg pain and weakness when they walk, Khanna says. “If scoliosis causes the spine to rotate or tilt over to one side, the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine will be asymmetrically stressed, and this can result in substantial back pain,” Khanna says.

The Patriot Life - Fall 2013

What You Need to Know about Marathon Training and Headaches

Dr.Alicia Tucker from JHCP Bowie and Dr. Carolyn Wang from JHCP Downtown Bethesda are featured in this quarter's Patriot Life. On page two, Dr. Tucker outlines how to prepare for a marathon. On page four, Dr. Wang discusses how, with proper diagnosis and treatment, migraines and other common headaches can be eased.

Reuters - Oct. 9, 2013

Falls Tied to Post-op Complications in Older People

Dr. Michael Zenilman, vice chair and regional director of surgery at JHCP, was part of a research team that found older people who reported falling during the six months before heart or bowel surgery had more complications than people who reported no falls. Dr. Zenilman wrote an editorial accompanying the new report that said falls are nothing to be ignored. "A fall in an elderly patient is potentially a risk factor for frailty and even dementia," said Zenilman.

MSNBC (Melissa Harris-Perry Show) - Oct. 7, 2013

Impact of States Not Accepting Medicaid Expansion

Dr. Kavita Patel, a primary care doctor at JHCP Sibley Memorial Hospital, joins a panel of experts talking about the 8 million people who will be left uninsured in the 26 states that won't take the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

New Directions - Fall 2013

JHCP Heart Care Will Open Two New Locations

JHCP Heart Care is expanding its cardiology services in Montgomery County to better serve you. JHCP Heart Care Rockville opens in December, while Chevy Chase will open in January. To schedule an appointment today at any of our locations, call 1-855-546-JHCP

CBS This Morning - August 8, 2013

Do Bigger Hospitals Mean Better Care for Patients?

JHCP Sibley Memorial Hospital internist Kavita Patel stopped by CBS This Morning to discuss a recent report by Consumer Reports that identifies the differences between nationally renowned hospitals and lesser-known hospitals across the country.

Johns Hopkins Medicine - July 31, 2013

Patient Centered Medical Homes

Eleven Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) primary care practices are certified as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). But what is a Patient Centered Medical Home? What does it mean to patients? Watchthis video to find out.

Baltimore Business Journal - July 23, 2013

JHCP's Jennifer Lockhart Joins United Way Board of Directors

Jennifer N. Lockhart, practice administrator at JHCP OB/GYN, joined the United Way Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term.

CBS This Morning - July 19, 2013

Retail Health Clinics

Dr. Kavita Patel from JHCP Sibley Memorial Hospital discusses when a patient should see a primary care physician or when to use a retail health clinic, such as those at Walgreens.

New Directions - Summer 2013

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Opens D.C. Location

Live in the District? You are in luck as JHCP opened a location above McPherson Square metro station at 14th and I Streets. Internists Andrew Lee and Renee Chen-Lee are now accepting new patients at JHCP I Street.

New Directions - Summer 2013

Orthopaedic Surgeon Daniel Valaik, M.D., Joins Suburban

JHCP welcomes Dr. Daniel Valaik who has joined the orthopaedic surgery team at Suburban Hospital. Dr. Valaik will evaluate patients with a broad range of hip and knee issues, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, other degenerative conditions and sports injuries.

Cardiovascular Report - Summer 2013

Shifting Gears: When the Intended Treatment Needs Rethinking

Learn how specialists at Johns Hopkins, JCHP Heart Care and Suburban Hospital collaborate to help patients with complex and unusual problems.

The Baltimore Sun - June 1, 2013

Physicians agree outlook for PSA screenings is changing

Dr. Michael Albert, internist and office medical director at East Baltimore Medical Center, believes pyhsicians need to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of PSA screenings with patients before ordering the test.

Washington Business Journal - March 22, 2013

Jenel Wyatt, M.D. Receives Minority Business Leader Award

Dr. Jenel Wyatt, Regional Medical Director, Greater Washington Region, was named one of the Washington Business Journal's Top 25 Minority Leaders. Watch her profile video to see what makes her so deserving of this award!

Baltimore Business Journal - February 22, 2013

Johns Hopkins want to strengthen primary care focus

Johns Hopkins leaders discuss how the hospital wants to get back to the basics - primary care.

CBS News - February 12, 2013

The Price is Not Right: Hospital Rates Vary Wildly for Same Procedure

Dr. Kavita Patel - an internist at JHCP Sibley Memorial Hospital - appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss a recent report that found charges for medical procedures can vary from hospital to hospital. Dr. Patel offers tips on how to avoid paying sky-high costs for treatment.

Capital Gazette - January 20, 2013

County health care continues growth with Odenton office

A new three-story office, developed in partnership between Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine called the Odenton Pavillion, opened December 6.

Baltimore Business Journal - January 10, 2013

Johns Hopkins group gets accreditation for more patient-centered medical homes

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, has recognized Johns Hopkins Community Physicians' in Annapolis, Charles County, Frederick, Glen Burnie and Odenton with accreditation in their Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PCMH).

Johns Hopkins Health - Summer 2012

Primary Care: The Comprehensive Approach to Overall Health

Norman Poulsen, M.D., a Johns Hopkins Community Physicians regional director explains how good health begins with a great team centered on a physician who knows the patient best.

The Baltimore Sun - May 18, 2012

Maryland Doctors Probe Old Cases for Lead Exposure

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians pediatrician, Cathy Parrish, M.D., discusses lead exposure in children and how often she sees cases of it

Gazette Health, Spring 2012

Stress - Is It Making You Sick?

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians internist, Andrew Wong, M.D., discusses stress and some of the holistic methods available to help manage it

Bottom Line Publications - December 1, 2011

Healing Teas from Chinese Medicine

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians accupuncturist, Ta-Ya Lee, discusses healing teas and its health-promoting benefits

Maryland Hospital Association - October 14, 2011

Johns Hopkins Medicine Buys Montgomery County Cardiology Doctors Group

Johns Hopkins Medicine purchased Maryland Heart PC, a 17-doctor cardiology practice with three locations in southern Montgomery County

Bethesda Magazine - August 25, 2011

Johns Hopkins Community Pysicians - Physician Profile

Bethesda Magazine provides a brief overview of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in the Greater Washington Area

The Washington Post - June 19, 2011

Hospitals Courting Primary-Care Doctors

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians internist Laura Brown discusses her experience in a hospital-employed primary care setting.

The Daily Record - March 10, 2011

Daily Record Announces Top 100 Women Honorees

The Daily Record announced the winners of the 15th annual Top 100 Women Awards, and JHCP's Janet Siddiqui, M.D., is one of the winners honored for making an impact through leadership, community service and mentoring.

Medical News Today - February 9, 2011

Third Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Site Receives High Marks From National Nonprofit Organization

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, has recognized Johns Hopkins Community Physicians' Canton Crossing and the Wyman Park Internal Medicine offices for excellent patient-centered care and for achieving high marks in their Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PCMH).

The New England Journal of Medicine - February 2, 2011

Accountable Care at Academic Medical Centers - Lessons from Johns Hopkins

Scott A. Berkowitz, M.D, and Edward D. Miller, M.D., chief executive officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine, discuss how Johns Hopkins Community Physicians is expanding to ensure that patients have timely access to preventative care and expedited follow-up after hospitalization.

Baltimore Business Journal - January 7, 2011

Hot Jobs for 2011: Primary Care/Family Physician

The way health care is being delivered is changing, and primary care physicians are in great demand as result. Dr. Steven Kravet, president of JHCP, comments that "there has been a movement toward increasing training capacity for primary care doctors."

Baltimore City Paper - September 22, 2010

2010: Readers Poll: Goods and Services

Two of JHCP's primary care physicians, Dr. Susan Schrock and Dr. Robert Connors from JHCP at Canton Crossing are recognized as "Best Doctor" in the 2010 edition of the "Best of Baltimore"

Baltimore Business Journal - July 12, 2010

Hopkins physicians group looks to D.C. for expansion

Dr. Steven Kravet, president of JHCP, and Dr. Gene Green, chief medical officer of JHCP discuss the current primary care delivery system and how JHCP plans to respond to the changes through expansion.

Johns Hopkins Medicine News

News Release: Johns Hopkins Medicine - February 9, 2011

Third Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Site Receives High Marks from National Nonprofit Organization

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, has recognized Johns Hopkins Community Physicians' Canton Crossing and the Wyman Park Internal Medicine offices for excellent patient-centered care and for achieving high marks in their Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PCMH).


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