Friday, October 26, 2018

TOP DOCS 2018….

GBMC has always been known for having outstanding physicians. This was again confirmed when more than 130 of them, in 81 specialties, were named in Baltimore magazine's “Top Doctors” list for 2018.

For more than 30 years, the magazine has annually recognized the excellence of the region’s physicians. Being recognized as a “Top Doctor” is an extraordinary honor, because it is awarded by their peers. In preparing its annual list of “Top Doctors,” Baltimore magazine surveyed 13,000 area physicians in Baltimore City and seven surrounding counties and asked to whom they would send a member of their family for care in a wide variety of specialties. This question mirrors GBMC’s vision phrase of providing each patient with the care we would want for our own loved ones. The annual Top Doctors recognition isn't, therefore, another popularity contest – the list is chosen by people who really know about the quality of care being delivered.

This year, the magazine also highlighted, Dr. Jose E. Dominguez, our director of pediatric anesthesiology. He was one of six physicians, from a pool of over 700 in the Baltimore area, selected to be profiled.

We are so fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated medical staff. Congratulations to Dr. Dominguez as well as the others who were named 2018 Top Docs.

To learn more about our “Top Doctors,” please visit GBMC's Top Doctors 2018 webpage.

Another Well-Deserved Award
Congratulations to members of our Child Protection Program and our Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and Domestic Violence teams, who were recently awarded a Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA) grant for more than $243,000 from The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). The award will help offset the cost of these programs as we grow our capabilities in child protection after the elimination of the pediatric emergency department and inpatient pediatrics at Franklin Square Medical Center earlier this year. Please join me in thanking these colleagues for their hard work and dedication to the protection of children and adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Our Sympathies...
I want to express our collective condolences to Dr. Gary Cohen, former medical director of the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute, and his family on the passing of his beloved wife, Charlene. Charlene was always an advocate for our healthcare system. Many of you will remember that Charlene was the chair of GBMC’s 30th Anniversary celebration, which raised over $140,000 for the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in 1995. She also is the artist behind the many paintings hanging on the walls of the Women’s and Outpatient Surgery Center, Oncology Support Services, and other areas within our hospital.

Let’s thank…
I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of both our chaplains and medical assistants as we celebrate Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week (Oct. 21—27) and Medical Assistants Recognition Week (Oct. 22-28).

Medical assistants are incredibly versatile and are trained to perform clinical, laboratory, and administrative duties. They are truly vital members of our healthcare delivery team who help move us closer to our vision every day.

I want to thank Chaplain J. Joseph Hart and all members of our Spiritual Support team for their hard work and dedication to meet the spiritual needs of our patients. No matter the faith, our Spiritual Support team is always there to provide compassion and comfort to families as their loved ones face a serious illness or life-threatening injury. To learn more about our Spiritual Support Services, please go to their web page. Also, check out a recent “Day in The Life” segment, produced by our media partner ABC2 News, which focuses on Reverend Hart and his team by clicking here.

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