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Commitment to CommunitySuburban Hospital

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Since its founding, Suburban Hospital has remained committed to improving the health and well-being of our neighbors and the surrounding community. In 2020, Suburban Hospital dedicated nearly $30 million in community benefit contributions in support of improving health status in our community. We believe that quality health care should be accessible to all.

Through partnerships, affiliations and programs, Suburban Hospital works to identify health priorities and generate solutions to address the growing challenges of preventing chronic disease and building safe and healthy communities.

 

Upcoming Classes & Events

Suburban Hospital hosts a variety of online classes and programs. We encourage you to participate from the safety and comfort of your home on Zoom. Log in instructions will be sent to registered participants prior to the event. Visit events.suburbanhospital.org to register for classes.

Learn what you need to know about COVID-19 from Johns Hopkins Medicine at HopkinsMedicine.org/Coronavirus.

 

Community Initiatives

  • Chronic Diseases and Conditions

    Educational and preventive programs to address chronic diseases and conditions that impact our community.

  • Village Ambassador Alliance

    Villages are local, geographically-centered, volunteer-led organizations that bring people together and coordinate volunteer help to support aging-in-place using a neighbor-helping-neighbor model.

 
 

Specialty Clinics

Suburban Hospital demonstrates its commitment to the community and its health by reaching populations that otherwise might not receive healthcare services. 

  • Suburban Hospital has long provided free diagnostic, outpatient, and inpatient health services to Mobile Medical Care, Inc, a local clinic that provides free to low-cost medical care for the uninsured. Moreover, Suburban provides these same free services and more to additional Montgomery Cares clinics located throughout Montgomery County. Montgomery Cares is a public-private partnership composed of 11 independent safety-net primary care clinics, six hospitals, and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.   

  • In Montgomery County and throughout the State of Maryland, the need for specialty care is substantial. Subsidized specialty care programs in the area are saturated with long waiting lists. As a result, many county residents suffer complications from their diseases because they are unable to access timely specialty care. This inequality and inequity provided the impetus for the MobileMed/NIH Heart Clinic, which strives to address a leading cause of death in Montgomery County—cardiovascular disease.

    The MobileMed/NIH Heart Clinic served as a catalyst for addressing other county health priorities in similar manner. Alarmingly high rates of diabetes along with difficulty accessing specialty care led to the creation of the Mobile Med/NIH Endocrine Clinic at Suburban Hospital. The clinic addresses conditions resulting from dysfunctions of the endocrine system, such as diabetes, goiter, hyperlipidemia, obesity and hypertension. The Endocrine Clinic follows the MobileMed/NIH Heart Clinic’s best-practice model by drawing upon the expertise and resources of the three original partners—Mobile Medical Care, NIH and Suburban Hospital—to offer one-of-a-kind, comprehensive endocrine care specialty services to low-income, uninsured residents of Montgomery County.

    To determine your eligibility for either specialty clinic contact Mobile Medical Care, Inc

  • Suburban Hospital is committed to eliminating disparities associated with colorectal cancer. Suburban focuses outreach efforts on identifying individuals that may be at high risk for colorectal cancer and connecting them to available free screening programs through the Montgomery County Cancer Crusade. 

    In addition, Suburban Hospital Cancer program offers free cancer screenings throughout the year. Early detection is vital to improving treatment options and outcomes. For information about upcoming screenings, call 301-896-3939.

  

WellWorks Community Health and Wellness Calendar

 
 
Suburban Hospital 2021 Community Health Report

Community Impact Reports

Community Health Needs Assessment

Every three years, Suburban Hospital conducts a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify important health issues impacting the hospital using scientifically valid health indicators and comparative information. The assessment helps to identify priority health issues affecting Montgomery County and residents living in Suburban Hospital’s service area.

Learn more about CHNA

Community Health Improvement Report

Learn how Suburban Hospital addresses local community health needs identified in the CHNA through its may health and wellness programs and initiatives. 

 
 
 
 

View Report

 
 

Meet Your Wellness Team

The Community Health and Wellness team is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community. Meet the team to learn how they help community members access quality health care and support safe and healthy communities.

  • Eleni AntzoulatosEleni Antzoulatos oversees many Health Promotion and Community Wellness initiatives at Suburban Hospital. She manages the healthy lifestyle program known as WellWorks which offers nutrition, safety and fitness classes to community members. She also coordinates Worksite Wellness initiatives which help local businesses encompass healthy lifestyle practices within the workplace. The Worksite Wellness initiative allows the Community Health and Wellness Division the opportunity to build strong ties with local businesses such as NASDAQ and Lockheed Martin.

    In addition, Eleni arranges Suburban Hospital’s health and wellness seminars and special events, including the Annual Women’s and Men’s Health Symposiums, alongside the physician liaison, marketing and service line administrators. Eleni is also responsible for producing Suburban Hospital’s Community Benefit Report, which provides specific insight on the health improvement initiatives that service the community. Currently, Eleni is serving a two-year term as a member of the Montgomery County Food Council.

    Eleni holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from McDaniel College and Masters of Public Health from the George Washington University.

  • Sara DemetriouSara Demetriou coordinates Health Initiatives and Community Partnerships throughout Montgomery County. Sara works closely with the older adult population to enhance quality of life and aging in place efforts. Programs like Senior Shape encourage residents 50 and over to build strength, flexibility and improve balance. In addition, Sara’s oversight of ongoing blood pressure screenings conducted at various senior centers affords community members to access ongoing monitoring and links to other needed medical services. Throughout the academic school year, Sara leads the coordination and programming of the Medical Exploring Program in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to provide a unique hands-on learning experience to students interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine. Furthermore, Sara collaborates closely with the local chapter of Hadassah to operate the Check It Out program which delivers breast cancer awareness and education to 11th and 12th grade female students. When Sara is not on the road conducting community health programs, she focuses her time engaging hospital colleagues to contribute and participate in organization wide initiatives that support the United Way as well as the Adopt-A-Family Program.

    Sara holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Towson University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

  • Kate McGrallKate McGrail leads health improvement efforts specifically related to cardiovascular, diabetes, and stroke prevention for the Hospital’s community benefit service area as well as in Southern Maryland (Prince George’s and Calvert counties). In this capacity, Kate coordinates the planning, organization, development, and implementation of community education programs, health partnerships, and blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. As program manager of health outcomes and evaluation, Kate also leads the implementation planning process, which guides the work of the community health and wellness division and measures the impact of its programs on identified health needs. Kate also supports the county’s growing aging population through robust, collaborative approaches to aging-in-place. Through the Village Ambassador Alliance, Kate works to bridge the village-hospital connection through education, training and resource allocation to support those community members who wish to age in their own homes to be informed, safe, and connected.

    Kate holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics-Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters of Public Health from George Washington University.

  • Monique SanfuentesMonique leads Suburban Hospital’s health transformation and improvement commitment to the community, which aims to improve the quality of life and reduce hospitalizations. Aligning hospital and community assets as well as focusing on unaddressed identified needs, she links health partnerships, community initiatives, strategic affiliations and collaboration with health coalitions, outreach activities, wellness programs and corporate projects to address established health barriers, disparities and inequities.

    Monique serves on the boards of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA, Nexus Montgomery, the Healthy Montgomery steering committee and the advisory council board for the Archdiocesan Health Care Network. She is a graduate of the American Hospital Association and the Health Forum’s Leadership Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship, as well as a 2013 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. An 18-year member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club, she has served for multiple years on the Board of Directors. As a member of the United States Peace Corps, Monique also volunteered as a Health Extensionist in Ecuador.

    Monique completed her undergraduate degree at Washington College, Master’s degree at Middlebury College and Master of Business Administration at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
  • Patricia RiosPatricia Rios is the Community Health Improvement Manager for Suburban Hospital. Through quantitative and qualitative data collection and research methods, Patricia leads Suburban Hospital’s triannual Community Health Needs Assessment process. As the liaison for ethnic and multicultural populations, Patricia seeks to reduce health disparities in Montgomery County by working closely with safety net clinics and local health coalitions that increase access to chronic disease treatment and prevention for uninsured and underserved residents. Specific efforts include screening and education for colorectal cancer, diabetes management, as well as coordination of access-to-care. Patricia is also responsible for overseeing the hospital’s quarterly blood drive, and is the primary contact for public health internships and volunteering. 

    Patricia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion from American University and Masters of Public Health from the George Washington University.
  • Heartwell nursesSharon Shapiro, RN, Leni Barry, RN, CDE, & Mary Flynn, RN, CDE (left to right)

    HeartWell is a free health education program designed for seniors to increase awareness about preventative guidelines, symptom recognition and management, medications, blood pressure monitoring, diet and lifestyle enhancements. The program is staffed by Suburban Hospital registered nurses at three senior centers in Montgomery County. Learn more about the programs, services, and locations of the HeartWell program

  • Oasis nursesAnna Stokes, Janice Pliner, Susan Moser, Leah Russi, and Karla Lazarte (left to right)

    Oasis is a national education organization designed to enhance the quality of life for mature adults. Offering challenging programs in the arts, humanities, wellness and volunteer services, Oasis creates opportunities for older adults to continue their personal growth and provide meaningful service to the community. Learn more about the programs, services, and location of the Oasis program.

 
 

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Community Health and Wellness Department by e-mail or calling us at 301-896-3844.

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