Friday, June 19, 2020

A Great Doctor who now has Teammates to Improve Patient Outcomes

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Kenneth Greene, a general internist in private practice on the GBMC campus. Dr. Greene participates in the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP), working with our Care Transformation Organization (CTO), the Greater Baltimore Health Alliance (GBHA). He has an excellent reputation and has been a primary care physician for many years. I was curious to learn about his experience in advanced primary care now that the Maryland Primary Care Model was giving him the resources to improve his patients’ outcomes.

Dr. Greene is an expert who has always been there for his patients, but his ability to do this has increased now that he has access to GBHA nurse care managers, care coordinators, and dietitians. He told me a wonderful story of a patient who was struggling to get her diabetes under control until the nurse care manager and dietitian helped her carry out the plan that Dr. Greene had developed. He also pointed out that the financial resources provided by the MDPCP were allowing him to take care of one of the social determinants of health – access to transportation. His practice now uses Uber to help patients with limited resources get to his office.

To watch the video of our conversation, click here.

I want to thank Dr. Greene for his many years of service to those in our community and for his trust in GBHA to help him deliver the care that we would want for our own loved ones to all his patients!

Get some exercise on Father’s Day for a great cause!
Another fundraiser for the GBMC HealthCare system is coming up in a few days – our 32nd Annual GBMC Father’s Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk to benefit our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is a wonderful event, where under normal circumstances, former NICU babies, families, staff members, community supporters, and friends come out to our beautiful campus and have some fun while supporting our NICU. This year, to keep participants safe, we are going virtual!

As you know, GBMC is a community-based system of care and we are lucky to have a fabulous NICU with excellent neonatologists, advanced practitioners, nurses, and other clinicians, working in a new unit with the most advanced equipment available. GBMC delivers more than 4,000 babies a year and approximately 400 of those babies are treated in the NICU. The equipment and staffing required to provide this care is expensive — our annual Father’s Day 5K raises funds to allow the NICU to continue providing high quality care with the best equipment. It also creates greater awareness of the strengths of our program and the wonderful expertise and commitment of our team.

GBMC gets tremendous support from the community because we are considered the best place to have a baby in our region. The care is expensive, and we need the community’s support to continue. We are incredibly grateful for the sponsors of this event and for all who participate.

So, please consider walking a mile or running a 5K and encouraging your family to do the same, anytime between Thursday, June 18, and Sunday, June 21. All you need to do is take a photo or video of your participation and share it with GBMC on social media and track your run through this form.

Please visit for further details. Remember that your support will directly benefit the more than 400 critically ill and premature babies cared for annually in GBMC’s NICU. Thank you!

…also, Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in our GBMC family!

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month throughout the world. It’s established to recognize and honor the history, diversity, and resilience of the LGBTQ community.

This month offers an opportunity for all of us to pause and consider that, while progress has been made to afford equal rights to all, there is still much more work to do. LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment in the workplace and throughout society.

At GBMC, we recognize that we must attract the best talent from around the region and maintain a culture where employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day. Inclusion has always been part of the GBMC culture. As a system, we feel that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. Our policy of inclusion celebrates the diversity of our workforce.

Please join me in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month!

Celebrating Survivorship, virtually!
For 28 years, our annual Cancer Survivorship Celebration has brought together more than 200 cancer survivors with their caregivers, friends, and family members who supported them through every step of recovery. In the face of COVID-19, an alternative option was offered to maintain the spirit of this important event while ensuring the health and safety of our community.

As a substitute to the annual in-person cancer survivorship celebration, Oncology Support Services at our Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute invited survivors to share their picture and become part of The Virtual Wall of Overcomers.

Of course, we were disappointed that we were not able to have the opportunity to be together, renew acquaintances, and celebrate both the survivors and their caregivers; however, this virtual option still provided everyone with a special way to celebrate.

I want to thank Felicity Kirby, RN, BSN, OCN, our Survivorship Coordinator, and all those involved in putting together this year’s virtual celebration and to congratulate all survivors, their families, and our caregivers!

Nice job!
The Baltimore Jewish Times recently unveiled its list of “Best of Jewish Baltimore.” GBMC was named “Best ER/Hospital,” “Best Pre-Birth Program,” and “Best Vein Clinic” by the readers of the Jewish Times. I am truly proud of the wonderful support we have in the Jewish community and for their trust in GBMC to meet their healthcare needs.

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