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Johns Hopkins Medicine Bestows Clinical Awards to Suburban Hospital Physicians and Care Teams - 12/04/2017

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

Release Date: December 4, 2017
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Bethesda, Maryland (Dec. 4, 2017) -- Five Suburban Hospital physicians and one patient care team were named winners of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams.

Now in its third year, the awards, presented by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, honors physicians and teams who embody the best in clinical excellence in various categories. This year’s Suburban Hospital winners are listed below. By clicking on each person’s name, you can watch a brief video about his or her award.

  • Physician of the Year: G. Peter Pushkas, M.D. An outstanding hematologist and medical oncologist, Dr. Pushkas postponed his retirement to become Suburban Hospital’s interim vice president of medical affairs. In this role, he lent support to initiatives for improving physician communication and satisfaction.
  • Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality & Safety: Vuk Sekicki, M.D. Dr. Sekicki implemented best practices to reduce delirium among the elderly and improve sleep for all patients. He was instrumental with a nursing team in creating the Quiet at Night and the Whisper While You Work campaigns, reflected in higher HCAHPS scores.
  • Excellence in Service and Professionalism: Dominique Foulkes, M.D. Dr. Foulkes' delivery of patient-centered care and her integrity, competence, compassion, accountability and humility make her a true role model at Suburban Hospital.
  • Best Consulting Physician: Elena Isenbergh, M.D. As the department director of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Isenbergh always goes the extra mile to support her colleagues in reaching the correct diagnosis and treatment plan, and in delivering outstanding patient care.
  • Innovations in Clinical Care: Mihail Zilbermint, M.D., and the Diabetes Care Team Dr. Zilbermint and his team introduced hospital-wide glycemic guidelines and protocols, leading to shorter lengths of stay for patients with diabetes, reducing readmissions for them by 15.5 percent and saving about $143,000 per month.
  • Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork: Leo Rotello, M.D., and Melissa Means, M.D. Dr. Rotello, Dr. Means and the critical care team have improved quality, safety and efficiency in the ICU with initiatives that have reduced alarm fatigue, increased patient mobility and addressed drug price inflation.

“Suburban Hospital provides world-class health care locally to the patients and the communities we serve,” says Jacky Schultz, president of Suburban Hospital. “Our physicians and care teams are the reason why. They not only provide superb and compassionate care but many are also leading the way to advance both the science and the art of medicine.”

About Suburban Hospital:

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, orthopaedics 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.

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Gary Stephenson 
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