The Baltimore Business Journal recently noted AAMC as the third busiest hospital (measured by admissions) in the Baltimore region. In addition, we were noted for high quality in maternity care, surgery, and overall quality as rated by patients. Click here to read the article.
Medical Staff Updates
“Safety and effectiveness of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 for spinal fusion”; “Effectiveness and harms of recombinant human bone morphogenic protein-2 in spine fusion” and editorial, “Closing in on the truth about recombinant morphogenetic protein-2″by jmiller on November 12, 2013
These two review articles and accompanying editorial (Ann Intern Med, June 18). Two independent studies suggesting that rhBMP-2 has no proven clinical advantage over bone graft and may be associated with important harms, making it difficult to identify clear indications for rhBMP-2. “The clinical question is of greta interest to orthopedic surgeons and relevant to internists who encounter patiens who have had or are considering having spinal fusion. These dual reviews spotlight the power of evidence sythesis, data sharing, peer review, and reproducible research.” Click here to read full text.
This article (NEJM, Oct 17) was the subject of a recent update in the Dynamed database. It concludes: “In patients with acute pericarditis, colchicine, when added to conventional anti-inflammatory therapy, significantly reduced the rate of incessant or recurrent pericarditis, especially in patients with a first episod. Click here to read ful text.
In this New England Journal of Medicine “Clinical Pracitce” summation (Oct. 17) , the potential benefits and harms of calcium intake are reviewed. Several studies have raised concerns about a possible increase in cardiovascualr ris associated with calcium supplementation as well as nephrolithiasis. Pending further data, “a reasonable approach is to preferentially encourage dietary calcium intake and discourage the routine use of calcium supplements”. click here to view full-text.
“Optimal management of patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis remains unclear. Although 2 high quality clinical trials demonstrated reductions in stroke rates in patients without symptoms after carotid endarterectomy, medical therapy of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis has reduced rates of stroke to approximately 1% per year, raising questions about generalizability of these previous trials to current medical practice. However, reductions in adverse events after revascularization can make revascularization more attractive. The emergence of percutaneous revascularization for arotid artery stenosis has raised further questions about optimal management of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. This Grand Rounds summarizes the factors to consider when counseling patients and making clinical decisions regarding medical therapy and revascularization for patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. This information should provide clinicians with the knowledge base to counsel patients about the risks and benefits of treatment options. (JAMA, Oct 16) Click here to read full text.
As of October 1, Maryland Health Connection, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, opened, making it simpler and more affordable for an estimated 250,000 uninsured Marylanders to purchase health insurance.
AAMC is working to raise public awareness of these new health insurance options by offering guidance through our patient financial services department and making sure hospital staff are aware of where patients and their families can go to find out if they are eligible and submit an application. One of our greatest resources is our team of assisters. Based in our financial assistance office (in the Hospital Pavilion North near the first floor lobby) and our
community clinics, they will help individuals understand their insurance options. Anyone who needs assistance understanding the new exchanges and options available to them can contact the assisters and set up an appointment to discuss their options. They can be reached by calling x1782.
Click here for resources to use with patients to help them understand their options.
By working together to get our community members the proper health insurance they need and deserve, our neighbors and our hospital can be healthier—and that helps everyone.
It’s time again for Anne Arundel Medical Center’s United Way of Central Maryland annual fundraising campaign! We are grateful for your continuing generosity throughout the years, and we look forward to an even more successful campaign in 2013.
To get you in the spirit, watch a video featuring this year’s Wizard of Oz theme and look out for some people you may know!
Giving is a personal choice, but every little bit helps. You’re invited you to consider donating to our local United Way this year. When you donate to United Way of Central Maryland, your gift goes directly to many of the most needed programs in our community. United Way doesn’t focus on just one program or one solution–they are focused on the issues that really matter, like helping sustain and stabilize the region’s most vulnerable and at-risk. This is vital to every person, every family and every neighborhood. They are helping to change lives every single day–by helping meet emergency needs like food, shelter and access to health care.
Your support is needed. Together, we can create changes that will help our friends and neighbors.
On behalf of Anne Arundel Medical Center, United Way of Central Maryland, and those who benefit from your generosity, thank you.
For more information about Anne Arundel Medical Center’s United Way campaign including special events, prizes and drawings, click here.
Medical staff, employees and community members may receive a free flu vaccine at AAMC. Find more information including the flu vaccine clinic schedule here. As a reminder, for the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors, AAMC requires all employees, affiliated medical staff, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors to receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine.