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Released: July 11, 2014


Suburban Hospital has received continued designation as a Cardiac Interventional Center (CIC) from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Released: June 11, 2014


When Dr. Andrew Markowski came up with the idea to launch a new sepsis protocol for Suburban Hospital’s Emergency Department, little did anyone know it would end up featured in a rap video.

Released: May 13, 2014


Citing Suburban Hospital’s innovative efforts to encourage nurses to achieve specialty certification, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) awarded the hospital its 2014 Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy. The ABNS, representing nearly half a million specialty certified registered nurses, is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving patient outcomes by promoting the value of certification.

Released: March 27, 2014


Suburban Hospital hosts the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Series presentation, “New Advances in Molecular Testing for the Guidance of Patients Considering Active Surveillance,” on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 7:00-8:15 pm in the hospital auditorium, located at 8600 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.

Released: March 20, 2014


Michael Knable, D.O., has been named the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital.

Released: March 10, 2014


Older Americans are enjoying more active lifestyles than ever before. While this is great news, there are physical effects of the aging process that are not cause for celebration. An aging spine can lead to a variety of conditions that may affect your ability to enjoy your golden years. Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Jeff Jacobson, who practices at Suburban Hospital, helps shed some light on one of these conditions: lumbar spinal stenosis.

Released: February 26, 2014


On Thursday, May 8, Suburban Hospital will host its biennial SHOWCASE fundraiser at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Super Club 6:30-10:30 pm. Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit Suburban Hospital’s leading-edge Neuroscience Program, which annually serves more than 2,500 patients from throughout the greater Washington, DC region and beyond. The program includes comprehensive treatment of brain and nervous system disorders, including stroke, aneurysms, brain trauma, and more.

Released: January 13, 2014


Jeff Jacobson, M.D., FAANS, has joined the Johns Hopkins neurosurgical team practicing at Suburban Hospital.

Released: January 8, 2014


Suburban Hospital Pain Management and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Yvonne D’Arcy’s book, Compact Clinical Guide to Cancer Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses, has been awarded second place in the 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice category. D’Arcy has worked at Suburban Hospital for more than 11 years.

Released: January 3, 2014


Readers of Bethesda Magazine voted Suburban Hospital’s emergency, heart and stroke care as the best in the area. It’s the hospital’s fifth year being featured in the magazine’s annual “Best of Bethesda” issue.

Released: December 19, 2013


Christmas came early for 15 families in Montgomery County this week, thanks to the caring employees and medical staff at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. For more than 20 years, the hospital’s Adopt-A-Family program has partnered with local elementary schools to identify families who need the most help during the holiday season.

Released: December 11, 2013


While the holidays can be an exciting time of year, they can also be stressful for parents as well as children. How do you know if your child’s wish list includes safe, age-appropriate toys and games? How can you help your children cope with any stress they may be feeling during the holiday season?

Released: December 6, 2013


Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded the 2013 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement to Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Released: November 12, 2013


Leila T. Hall, M.D., of Bethesda, has been named Chairperson of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC) at Suburban Hospital effective December 1, 2013.

Released: October 29, 2013

Hospital recognized with 2013 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award


The Suburban Hospital Stroke Program has received the 2013 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Released: October 11, 2013


We all want to raise respectful, responsible and resilient children. But what’s the best way to do that without over-parenting? Professional parent educator and mother of five, Vicki Hoefle, author of “Duct Tape Parenting,” addresses this and other parenting challenges at a training seminar hosted by Suburban Hospital on Thursday, October 17 from 7-9 pm in the hospital’s auditorium.

Released: October 10, 2013


To commemorate its 70th Anniversary this December, Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is looking for people who were born there to share their stories as part of the hospital’s 70th anniversary celebration.

Released: October 8, 2013


When it comes to knees, one size doesn’t fit all. Patients in need of a total knee replacement now have access to a custom-fitted replacement at Suburban Hospital, the only hospital in the Washington, DC region that has adopted the technology.

Released: October 7, 2013


The Sleep Disorders Center at Suburban Hospital now offers home sleep testing. In some cases, insurance companies may require that a home study be completed before, or in lieu of, a hospital-based study. In this case, an intake specialist schedules the patient for an appointment with a sleep technician at Suburban Hospital during which they will provide hands-on education and instruction on the testing process, easy set-up and use in the home.

Released: October 2, 2013


Suburban Hospital is seeking community members to serve on its Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), an active group of community members that meets monthly with hospital staff.

Released: October 1, 2013


September 29th marked the 41st Anniversary of the first joint replacement done at Suburban Hospital. That first procedure was performed by Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Center medical director, J. Patrick Caulfield, M.D.

Released: September 23, 2013


Oral, head, and neck cancers are the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States, with 40,000 cases diagnosed annually. Smokers and tobacco users are at highest risk for these cancers, but it’s a growing concern for non-smokers as well.

Released: September 16, 2013


On Monday, September 23, Suburban Hospital will host a live facebook chat with pediatrician Dan Finkelstein, MD, FAAP to discuss Immunizations for Children.

Released: September 16, 2013


Suburban Hospital has been re-certified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System for the next five years. The hospital is the only designated trauma center in Montgomery County and one of only four hospitals in Maryland with the designation.

Released: September 16, 2013


In their opinion dated September 10, 2013, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed the judgment of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, which upheld the 2010 decision of the Montgomery County Board of Appeals granting a special exception modification for Suburban Hospital’s campus enhancement project.

Released: September 12, 2013


Suburban Hospital is offering flu shot clinics at the 23rd Annual Come Back to Bethesda event on October 5 and at the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase on October 15.

Released: September 10, 2013


Suburban Hospital and Saks Fifth Avenue join forces for the 11th annual Key To The Cure to benefit women’s cancer programs at the hospital. The revamped 2013 event boasts four full days of public and private shopping activities October 16-20 at the Saks Fifth Avenue located at 5555 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase.

Released: August 27, 2013


Suburban Hospital’s Patient Care/GI Tech John Kleinguenther was recently named the first place winner of EndoNurse magazine’s 2013 Most Valuable Professional.

Released: August 21, 2013


When it comes to exercise, Suburban Hospital doctors practice what they preach. For example, Keith Horvath, M.D., started biking to work five years ago. The Georgetown resident and Suburban Hospital’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery rides his recumbent bike eight miles each way to and from the hospital three to four times per week from March to December.

Released: August 12, 2013


The Suburban Hospital Foundation has received a $2.5M charitable gift from the Bender Foundation. The donation will serve as a leadership gift for the hospital’s upcoming campus enhancement project, while also directly impacting nursing and emergency/trauma care. The funding will establish the Sondra D. Bender Fund for Nursing Excellence as well as dedicate the state-of-the-art Sondra & Howard Bender Emergency/Trauma Center.

Released: August 2, 2013


Suburban Hospital is one of the best Maryland hospitals for surgery, according to data recently released by Consumer Reports. Suburban was one of nine hospitals in the state to achieve the highest rating possible in the Maryland/DC region, with a score of “Better,” the highest rating on a five-point scale.

Released: July 17, 2013


Suburban Hospital’s Joint Replacement Center performed a record 1,301 joint replacement procedures in FY13, exceeding projections. Suburban was also recognized recently as “high performing” in orthopedics, as well as gastroenterology and GI, in the DC metro region by the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Released: July 8, 2013


Recently, Suburban Hospital marked the 10th anniversary of its Pediatric Emergency Center with the “Ready, Set, Grow!” Pediatrics Festival. The festival also celebrated a generous $1 million gift from the William J. Shaw Family Foundation to enhance Suburban’s emergency services and pediatrics care.

Released: June 18, 2013


Suburban Hospital’s Director of Professional Practice and Nursing Quality, LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP, was named a regional finalist for the 2013 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence award.

Released: May 31, 2013


Brian Ebbitt, director of planning and project management at Suburban Hospital, received its annual Friend of Nursing Award for his work with nurses throughout the year. Ebbitt, of Germantown, Md., has worked at Suburban Hospital for four years.

Released: May 31, 2013


Suburban Hospital recently honored Aleykutty Vetticad, R.N., of Gaithersburg, Md., as recipient of the James A. Brown Award for Excellence in Oncology Care. She has been a staff nurse in the oncology unit at Suburban Hospital for 35 years.

Released: May 28, 2013


Suburban Hospital recently honored Violeta Pantangco, RN, of Alexandria, as recipient of the Mended Heart Award for Excellence in Cardiac Care. Pantangco, clinical supervisor for cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, has been a nurse at Suburban Hospital for almost six years.

Released: May 28, 2013


On Saturday, June 22, Suburban Hospital will host “Ready, Set, Grow!” a FREE, on-site kids’ festival from 1 to 4pm at 8600 Old Georgetown Road. The event will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of pediatrics at the hospital and recognize generous funding from the Shaw Family Foundation. The innovative emergency and inpatient children’s unit will be rededicated as the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center.

Released: May 1, 2013


The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Awards and Recognition Committee recently announced Suburban Hospital has received honorable mention for the 2013 Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy.

Released: April 19, 2013


Suburban Hospital’s Cancer Care Program once again achieved three-year accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer.

Released: February 22, 2013


Suburban Hospital recently unveiled a photo wall exhibit that pays tribute to its 156 certified nurses.

Released: February 8, 2013


Suburban Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Department celebrates its 30th anniversary in the month of February.

Released: January 8, 2013


Suburban Hospital recently honored Emergency Department nurse Kathleen Nichols, R.N., with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Nichols has been a nurse for almost ten years and has been with Suburban Hospital for the last two years.

Released: December 14, 2012


Gene E. Green, M.D., has been appointed president of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM). He will succeed Brian Gragnolati, who will now transition full time into his role of senior vice president for the Johns Hopkins Health System, where he oversees the Community Division, which includes Suburban, Sibley Memorial and Howard County General hospitals.

Released: November 1, 2012


Suburban Hospital in Bethesda was one of only four hospitals in the greater Washington, DC region to receive top ratings for inpatient care and simple and complex emergency care from Washington Consumers’ CHECKBOOK. The ratings were based on patient and physician feedback as well as clinical data including risk-adjusted mortality and how often the hospital followed evidence-based treatment criteria for specific clinical conditions.

Released: October 23, 2012


The NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital continues to meet and exceed quality standards for cardiac surgery, as measured by a national database.

Released: September 24, 2012


Suburban Hospital was recently awarded the Maryland Hospital Association’s prestigious CLABSI award for increasing patient safety by reducing the rate of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Released: September 21, 2012


Suburban Hospital has been named Washington Business Journal’s “Healthiest Workplace” for companies with 1,000 to 4,999 employees in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Released: September 20, 2012


Suburban Hospital is sponsoring a series of community flu shot clinics during October 2012. No appointment is necessary at these clinics.

Released: June 26, 2012


Cecil Calliste of Silver Spring, lead anesthesia technician at Suburban Hospital, recently received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the Suburban Hospital Medical Staff for his volunteer service in the community.

Released: June 4, 2012


Suburban Hospital’s Joint Replacement Center has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement specialty center by United Health, This recognition is based on an assessment of best practices that measures criteria such as the number of total joint procedures per year, readmission rates for each procedure and inpatient mortality. The Joint Center earned “Two Stars” in its quality assessment and a “Higher Efficiency” rating for cost efficiency.

Released: May 31, 2012


Suburban Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical issues.

Released: May 22, 2012


The Suburban Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has been granted accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Released: April 23, 2012


Inpatient care at Suburban has been ranked in the top five among 30 Washington, D.C.-region acute care hospitals in a recent report by the Washington Consumers' Checkbook, a publication of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for the Study of Services.

Released: April 10, 2012


On April 20, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, together with Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital, members of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will convene 200 health care practitioners, professional and family caregivers for a thought-provoking symposium, "Transitions in Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers," at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

Released: February 27, 2012


The Suburban Hospital Breast Center has been granted a full three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.   Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Released: February 1, 2012


June Marlin Falb has been named Vice President of Development for Suburban Hospital. 

Released: January 9, 2012


Readers of Bethesda Magazine recently voted the Suburban Hospital Emergency Department to be the “Best” in the area.

Released: December 23, 2011


Suburban Hospital in Bethesda has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Joint Center.

Released: December 19, 2011


Participating with other Maryland hospitals, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda  took first and second place in the first round of an incentive program aimed at reducing the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections nationwide to less than one infection per 1,000 catheter days. The initiative, called On the Cusp: Stop BSI, is a program developed by Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., and supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).

Released: December 13, 2011


After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Suburban Hospital NIH StrokeCenter has earned re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.  The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in theUnited States. 

Released: December 2, 2011


Suburban Hospital Executive VP and Chief Operating OfficerJacqueline Schultz of Bethesda was recently named a recipient of the Excellence in Nursing Awards by Washingtonian Magazine.

Released: November 30, 2011


Pamela Wright, M.D., has been named medical director of the Suburban Hospital Breast Center.  Katherine Alley, M.D., who has cared for thousands of area women with breast cancer and was the center’s director for 15 years, has announced her retirement from active practice.  She will assume the title of medical director emeritus.

Released: November 28, 2011


A seven-lecture series aimed at improving genetics and genomics education among health professionals will be offered by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The lecture series will highlight the intersection of genomics and medicine.

Released: October 24, 2011


The Johns Hopkins Health System was named first out of 53 organizations in Maryland who were included in the list of “53 Exceptional Maryland Companies for 2011” by the Gazette of Politics and Business.

Released: October 14, 2011


13 Maryland hospitals will participate in Capital Shield 2012, a D.C.-area full-scale (realistic) exercise to test the region’s ability to respond to a mass casualty terrorist attack. 

Released: October 3, 2011


In recognition of National Pharmacy Week, October 16 -22, 2011,Suburban Hospital pharmacists will host a Pharmacy Brown Bag Event on Wednesday, October 19 from 1:30 – 3:30pm, providing the community with the chance to bring in their medications for a free consultation.

Released: September 30, 2011


Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designation from The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing.  Both hospitals are members of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Released: August 11, 2011


In an article entitled “The Business of Healing Hearts,” Consumer Reports has published ratings of 324 heart surgery groups from all over the United States.  The NIHHeart Center at Suburban Hospital was one of only two heart programs in Maryland to receive a three-star rating. 

Released: August 8, 2011


U.S. News Media Group has launched U.S. News Top Doctors, a free searchable directory available at www.usnews.com/top-doctors that lists nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians across the country.  Several Suburban Hospital physicians are included on the list.

Released: July 20, 2011


Based on a finding that the one block section of Lincoln Street fromOld Georgetown Road to Grant Street is no longer necessary for present public use or anticipated public use in the foreseeable future, the nine members of the  Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the abandonment proposed by Suburban Hospital. This is an important milestone in ensuring that Suburban Hospital can build the facilities necessary to serve our patients and  community in the 21st century.

Released: July 19, 2011


For the 21st year in a row, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of American hospitals, placing first in five medical specialties and in the top five in ten others.

Released: July 18, 2011


Brian Gragnolati, Senior Vice President, Johns Hopkins Health Care System and President and CEO, Suburban Hospital, was recognized recently as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on July 15.

Released: July 12, 2011


Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee (T&E) recommended the abandonment of one block of Lincoln Street in Bethesda, a critical component of Suburban Hospital’s campus enhancement project.

Released: April 13, 2011


The first annual Hollins Distinguished Volunteer Services Award was presented to Suburban Hospital volunteer Elizabeth McCordic of Potomac, Md, at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held in Bethesda on March 11, 2011.

Released: March 29, 2011


On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Suburban Hospital and YMCA Youth and Family Services will host a special movie screening of “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” from 6:45pm – 9:00pm in the Suburban Hospital Auditorium.

Released: March 28, 2011


Suburban Hospital honored its first recipient of The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing. The honor was awarded to Assistant Nurse Manager of Oncology Jennifer Morfino, RN, OCN, at a breakfast honoring Certified Nurses at Suburban Hospital on March 11.

Released: March 28, 2011


Suburban Hospital has been named Partner of the Year by Mobile Medical Care, Inc, in recognition of the long-standing partnership and collaboration to address the health-care needs in our community.

Released: March 3, 2011


On Tuesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 24, 2011, Suburban Hospital will host a “Covering the Uninsured” event where financial counselors will be available to assist Maryland residents who are without health-care insurance coverage.

Released: February 17, 2011


Brian Gragnolati, president/CEO of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS). In his new position, Gragnolati will head Johns Hopkins Medicine’s (JHM) Community Division, a newly established office designed to ensure greater system-wide clinical integration. The effective date of the appointment is March 1, 2011.

Released: February 3, 2011


Suburban Hospital welcomes Dr. Michael E. Zenilman as the new Vice Chair and Regional Director of Surgery for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this newly created position, Dr. Zenilman will oversee surgery services delivered at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s community hospitals—Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital—and their ambulatory locations.

Released: February 3, 2011


On January 27, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the public hearing officer’s report and recommendation for the abandonment of a portion of Lincoln Street, as requested by Suburban Hospital.

Released: February 2, 2011


Yvonne D’Arcy, MS, CRNP, CNS, has been awarded the American Journal of Nursing- Book of the Year Award for her book, How to Manage Pain in the Elderly. D’Arcy specializes in pain management and currently is the pain management and palliative care nurse practitioner at SuburbanHospital, where she has worked for the past eight years.

Released: January 14, 2011


SuburbanHospital’s Intensive Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top critical care units in hospitals nationwide.

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