News and Updates

Celebrating National Doctor’s Day on March 30

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

On Monday, March 30, Anne Arundel Medical Center is celebrating National Doctor’s Day as a way to say “thank you” to our doctors. At Anne Arundel Medical Center, we are proud to have you as valued members of the medical staff. Thank you for your compassion, dedication and trust, and for all you do for the patients and families in our community. Come to the luncheon on March 30 from 11am to 2pm at AAMC in the Hospital Pavilion South first floor medical staff lounge. View the terrific menu here.

Tickets available for “Denim & Diamonds Bash” Clatanoff fundraiser

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

In an effort to keep things fresh, and offer a variety of fundraising activities that appeal to many different people, we have changed the AAMC Gala to an every-other-year event, making the next Gala the 50th Anniversary Gala in April of 2016. On the “off years,” we are launching a new, fun CASUAL, local event – AAMC’s Denim & Diamonds Bash on April 25th!

Our inaugural Denim & Diamonds Bash will feature fabulous cuisine, great bands, and unique auction prizes under an elaborate 20,000 square foot tent on the South Lot of the AAMC campus – right behind the Annapolis Exchange building on Jennifer Road.

Throw on your favorite pair of denims or your best cocktail dress – everything is “in” at Denim & Diamonds. Enjoy a great cocktail buffet party featuring fabulous food from a variety of gourmet food trucks and catering from Ken’s Creative Kitchen.  Relax and enjoy entertainment by Orlando Phillips and kick it up to the sounds of Mad Planet. This is not a formal gala with seated dinner and program –  Denim & Diamonds Bash will be a fun eat, drink, dance, and be merry night under the stars celebrating the AAMC Clatanoff Pavilion renovation.

Please plan to join us for this important evening, and help us get the word out as we hope to have 1,000 guests at this “party of the year.” You, your friends and your colleagues can easily purchase tickets online here.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Kendra Smith Houghton at khoughton@AAHS.org

AAMC files Certificate of Need application for cardiac surgery

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

AAMC has filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to bring cardiac surgery to AAMC.

Our proposed cardiac surgery program is in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM).  Building on our eight-year relationship with JHM, AAMC will collaborate with Johns Hopkins’ Division of Cardiac Surgery to bring renowned cardiac surgeons to AAMC to establish and lead this program providing quality and clinical oversight.

A cardiac surgery program at AAMC will allow cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to work as a team to make the best decisions for patients.  This provides a more seamless experience for patients and their families, less disruption, and the best possible outcomes. Having a full range of heart care services available through one team, at one facility that is located within a safe travel time, helps AAMC improve the health of the population it serves and improve the patient experience.

The MHCC must approve our application before cardiac surgery is available at AAMC.  Our CON application will be under review alongside a cardiac surgery CON application filed by Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  If a cardiac surgery program is awarded, it will be awarded to only one hospital. We believe our application is strong, and we are committed to helping the MHCC understand why AAMC is the right hospital for this program.

Review of our CON application is a public process and you may get questions from patients, visitors, and community members.  Please take a minute to read the attached fact sheet.  It can serve as a useful guide when questions arise.

While it is difficult to predict the timing of the CON review process, we will keep you updated.  Please share this information with members of your team.  You’ll also be able to find current information at AAHS.org/heart.

Thank you for your support as we pursue this critical “missing link” in cardiac services at AAMC.

Clatanoff Pavilion refresh update

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015
As you know, the Clatanoff Pavilion, where our women’s andchildren’s services are located, hasbeen undergoing a refresh.Construction began in July 2014 and will continue through the
fall of this year.
To date, we have:
  • Refreshed 24 labor and delivery rooms with new flooring,wall finishes and TVs.
  • Renovated the neonatal intensive care step-down unit.
  • Improved the main entrance for greater wheelchair accessibility.
  • Begun construction on the main staircase, which is slated to be completed by March 2015.

Upcoming changes include:

  • A renovated stairwell, which will soon reopen.
  • Removal of the trellis in the lobby.
  • A new registration desk.
  • New flooring, signage and artwork.
During this time, the visitor lobby is temporarily relocated to a walled-off space in the Garden Café. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Betsey Snow, RN, senior director of Women’s and Children’s Services, at 443-481-6363 or bsnow@AAHS.org.

Society of Gynecologic Oncology statement on risk assessment for inherited gynecologic cancer predispositions

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

Women with germline mutations in the cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, associated with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, have up to an 85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and up to a 46% lifetime risk of ovarian, tubal and peritoneal cancers.    The article addresses lynch/Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) syndrome as well.  This commentary provides guidance on identification of patients who may benefit from assessment for the presence of a hereditary breast and/or gynecologic cancer syndrome.  (Gynecol Oncol, April 2014)  Click here to read full text.

Screening for Vitamin D deficiency in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

The USPSTF concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to asssess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for Vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults. (Ann Intern Med, Jan)  Click here to read full text.

Postoperative delirium in older adults: best practice statement from the American Geriatrics Society

by Medical Staff Office on March 27, 2015

This practice guideline (J Am Coll Surg, Feb) reviews risk factors; diagnosis; delirium screening; intraoperative measures to prevent delirium; medication as risk factors for postoperative delirium; pharmacologic prevention nonpharmacologic prevention and treatment ; medical evaluation; pharmacological treatment; and implementation of these guidelines. Click here to read full-text.

Remembering Walter Landmesser, MD

by Medical Staff Office on February 3, 2015

I am saddened to note the passing of a friend and colleague, Dr. Walter Landmesser, who died Sunday night. He was 88.  Walter had many distinctions over his lengthy career, not the least of which was its span as a member of AAMC’s medical staff. Walter joined us in 1954 and only retired from our ranks in 2013, though he still saw a small number of patients in his office. Many of us have not yet been alive as long as Walter was a practicing physician.

Walter was one of the early orthopedic surgeons on our staff, which in the 50’s consisted largely of internists, general practitioners and general surgeons. He served as Chief of the Orthopedics Service from 1968 to 1976. He was heavily involved in clinical quality review programs, serving as Chair of the Tissue and Blood Usage Committee and later on the Patient Care Monitoring Committee. He also chaired the Medical / Surgical Liaison Committee. He was highly respected for his integrity, his skill in the O.R., and his expertise in his specialty.  As Orthopedics expanded and became a major service line with many subspecialties, Walter was the patriarch who could –and often did – let his colleagues know at Service meetings how their new procedures grew out of their predecessors’ experience.

AAMC has probably never had a more loyal and dedicated staff physician. When AAMC bought property next door to its downtown location in 1971, four houses needed to be removed. Walter bought them. One was demolished. Three were loaded onto barges on Spa Creek for the first leg of a trip to his property off Hilltop Lane. Two made it and one of them served for the next 44 years as his home and office. One barge famously sank with its burden in Spa Creek; in 2015 Walter still had the Capital photo of the half-submerged house in his office.

Walter was generous in his gifts to AAMC. His last appearance here was at the October 2014 Medical Staff Meeting, where the AAMC Foundation honored him by naming the Walter Landmesser Society for medical staff members who include AAMC in their estate plans or other planned gifts. Walter was the first to do so. He may have been at the meeting in a wheelchair, but the medical staff was on its feet in appreciation.

One thing that Walter did not do well was retirement. In addition to seeing his long-time patients, he continued his quality improvement work by performing documentation and case reviews for us. In addition to helping his colleagues improve their documentation practices (whether they thought they needed to or not), Walter contributed significant data analysis to our regulatory monitoring programs and performance improvement projects through his meticulous case reviews.

Walter Landmesser was a friend and a credit to our profession. We were honored to have had him as a member of our medical staff. We will miss him.

By Joe Moser, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs

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