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Press Releases & News - 2011

Archived News Releases

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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.