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Johns Hopkins Medicine Bestows Clinical Awards to Suburban Hospital Physicians and Care Teams - 12/21/2015

Johns Hopkins Medicine Bestows Clinical Awards to Suburban Hospital Physicians and Care Teams

Release Date: December 21, 2015

Several physicians and healthcare teams from Suburban Hospital have been honored with clinical awards by Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) based on their embodying “the best in clinical excellence.”

This is the first year of the awards program, established by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, to recognize the “best of the best” among physicians and care teams associated with The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, All Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital. The recipients, who were nominated by their colleagues, were honored for their commitment to the mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine and their consistent dedication to providing excellent patient care.

Winners for 2015 were selected for the following categories:

  • Physician of the Year
  • Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety
  • Excellence in Service and Professionalism
  • Best Consulting Physician
  • Innovations in Clinical Care
  • Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork

Suburban Hospital’s award recipients are listed below along with the reason for their selection:

Physician of the Year: Amirali Nader, M.D., internist and critical care specialist. Noted for his compassion and reliability, Dr. Nader is tireless in providing excellent patient care and leads by example.

Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety: Matthew Leonard, M.D., director of the clinical decision unit in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Leonard’s character, intellect and commitment to quality are evidenced in his work to eliminate preventable harm.

Excellence in Service and Professionalism: Dany Westerband, M.D., surgeon. Dr. Westerband has a long, distinguished history of excellent service to his patients and colleagues. Promoting a culture of continuous quality improvement, he works to ensure that people, processes and technologies at Suburban are aligned to meet the expectations of patients, staff and leadership.

Best Consulting Physician: Stephen Greco, M.D., director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences. For patients traumatized by a diagnosis of malignancy, finding a physician like Dr. Greco is a triumph. Deeply knowledgeable on a wide variety of malignancies and treatment techniques in a rapidly changing field, he applies his knowledge with wisdom and compassion.

Innovations in Clinical Care: Kimberley Kelly, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A. Led by Ms. Kelly, a team of nurses worked for more than a year to update intensive care unit alarm policies, cutting nuisance alarms by more than one-third.

Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork: Gary Roggin, M.D., gastroenterologist, and member of the pharmacy team. Through a number of initiatives, Dr. Roggin and the pharmacy team have improved the quality and safety of medication delivery.

“We are proud and delighted that the leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine has recognized the depth and breadth of expertise that is so abundant at the community hospital level,” says Jacky Shultz, interim president/CEO and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Suburban Hospital. “Area residents are indeed fortunate to have such caring and skilled practitioners in their communities.”

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. The hospital is a regional trauma center with centers of excellence in cardiovascular care, stroke and neurosciences, orthopedics and oncology. Suburban Hospital’s unique affiliation with the National Institutes of Health, located across the street from the hospital, has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke, heart attack and other clinical conditions.

For the Media

Gary Stephenson