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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


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 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 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


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 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 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 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 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.