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Johns Hopkins Medicine Suburban - President’s Message

New Directions Spring 2012

President’s Message

Date: May 1, 2012

Brian Gragnolati
Brian Gragnolati

Choosing a health-care provider for yourself or a loved one is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.  That’s why more and more people are doing their homework and basing their decisions on objective criteria measured by independent organizations.

At Suburban Hospital, we welcome the opportunity to put our clinical programs under a microscope in order to prove they are among the best. In this issue of New Directions, you will read about three programs that recently earned distinction from institutions focused on evaluating the quality of hospitals throughout the country.

Our cover story focuses on the Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Center, which recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that sets quality standards for hospitals. Suburban’s Joint Center was the first in Montgomery County and D.C. to earn this mark of excellence, which recognizes our strong clinical outcomes. Similarly, in December we were pleased to learn that the NIH Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital was recertified by The Joint Commission.

Finally, after a rigorous review of its program and standards, The Suburban Hospital Breast Center earned a full three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Among the criteria reviewed were our program leadership, tumor board, inter-disciplinary care, patient navigation, research, imaging, community outreach and staff education.

This kind of third-party recognition means you can choose Suburban Hospital with confidence, knowing that we hold ourselves accountable for providing the best health care possible.