Thursday, October 31, 2019

Community Support for Sexual Assault Investigations

Earlier this week, I took part in a press conference led by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski that highlighted a $300,000 grant from Nancy Hackerman and the Hackerman Foundation to Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department to aid cold case sexual assault investigations and improve current and future investigations. This funding will support the testing of rape kits taken before April 2018 and slides that have been stored at GBMC since the 1970s.

Readers of the blog may recall that in 2016, GBMC honored Dr. Rudiger Breitenecker as a Physician Titan. Dr. Breitenecker is credited with collecting forensic evidence that was ahead of its time. He founded GBMC’s Rape Care Center, a precursor to the hospital’s current SAFE Program, and he kept the pathology slides of the materials recovered from victims, which remain in storage to this day. Prior to joining GBMC’s department of pathology in 1967, Dr. Breitenecker worked as a medical examiner.

This new funding supports key recommendations from the Baltimore County Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force’s recently released final report to improve sexual assault investigations. The Task Force has a diverse roster of members, including our very own Laura Clary, BSN, RN, FNE-A/P, SANE-A, CFN, CPEN, Program Manager of the GBMC SAFE/DV Program.


Nearly 13,000 physicians in the region voted for the physicians, in a variety of specialties, to whom they would send a member of their own family if they needed care. The Baltimore magazine annual “Top Doctors” issue was recently released, and it’s with a great deal of pride that I share this news with you: 110 GBMC HealthCare physicians, in 65 specialties, were recognized as “Top Doctors.” Several of these medical staff members were recognized in more than one category, and some have been recognized many years in a row!

Being recognized as a “Top Doctor” is an extraordinary honor because it is a selection by peers. We are so fortunate to have outstanding surgeons, internists, pediatricians, family physicians, and other wonderful specialists. Congratulations to all our physicians who were named 2019 “Top Doctors.” View a complete listing of our “Top Doctors” honorees here.

Speaking of Baltimore magazine, it's that time again - Baltimore magazine is collecting votes for its Excellence in Nursing issue. Please vote for nursing colleagues you most respect! The survey ends in late November and you can vote here. The results will be published in the May 2020 issue of Baltimore magazine and the winners will be invited to a special reception.

Congratulations to Dr. Blumberg
I want to congratulate Dr. Albert Blumberg, a retired GBMC radiation oncologist and one of our 50 Inaugural Physician Titans of Care, for recently being awarded the American College of Radiology Gold Medal for his extraordinary service to the College and to the discipline of radiology. Dr. Blumberg’s career spanned for more than 35 years at GBMC and he was part of a team that brought significant advances to the department. He truly deserves this recognition and we are proud of him for earning this prestigious honor.

Thank You, Readers, of Baltimore style magazine
Our medical center was recently recognized by readers of the publication as “Best Hospital.” I want to THANK all who voted for recognizing the hard work and dedication of our clinicians, support staff, and volunteers.

And yet another recognition….

Our Gilchrist Sub-Acute Unit was one of three units in Baltimore that received the highest rating on the U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of the Best Nursing Homes. U.S. News & World Report released its annual report this week, which ranks nursing facilities nationwide on a 1-to-5 rating scale based on evaluations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, considering factors like patient care and safety outcomes, staffing data, and health inspection reports. The other two top-rated nursing facilities in Baltimore were the Maria Health Care Center and Transitional Care Services at Mercy Medical Center.

To read more about the award click here.

Happy Halloween! Here are some photos of our spirited staff dressed for the holiday: Radiation Oncology decorated as the Emerald City and our Maternal Child Health Nursing Leaders as Dominoes!

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