For almost 70 years, Suburban Hospital has remained committed to improving the health and well-being of our neighbors and the surrounding community. In 2012, Suburban Hospital dedicated more than $20.4 million to health education programs and services. We believe that quality health care should be accessible to everyone, regardless of a person's ability to pay. Suburban Hospital is committed to assuring access to care for all.
Expanding access to care and supporting our community by conducting free health screenings, Suburban Hospital nurses volunteer their time on weekends to provide services where vulnerable residents live and work.
Suburban Hospital partners with organizations such as Girls on the Run of Montgomery County and YMCA, hosting several education programs for families.
Through partnerships, affiliations and programs, we work to identify health priorities and generate solutions to address the growing challenges of preventing chronic disease and building safe and healthy communities. Leveraging resources and establishing partnerships results in community benefit outcomes that are far greater than any one organization could ever achieve on its own.
Below are some of Suburban Hospital's FY12 accomplishments:
Nurses at four HeartWell clinics - located in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Wheaton and Chevy Chase- cared for an average of 630 patients per month, totaling 7,564 preventative clinic visits. The encounters include free blood pressure screenings, one-on-one counseling, disease prevention and management sessions, small and large group educational programs.
Over 2,000 Montgomery Cares patients have received expanded access to cardiologists, specialty diagnostic screenings, and open heart surgery since the inauguration of the Mobile Med/NIH Heart Clinic at Suburban Hospital in 2007, totaling more than 2,400 patient visits. In FY 12, there were 604 encounters, with 412 unduplicated patients at the MobileMed/NIH Heart Clinic.
Nearly 1,400 patients have access to the specialty care of endocrine diseases through the Mobile Med/NIH Endocrine Clinic at Suburban Hospital that was established in July 2010. In FY12, there were; 427 encounters with 169 unduplicated patients at the MobileMed/NIH Endocrine Clinic.
1,920 under/uninsured patients were provided with $4,445,433 in medical care at Suburban Hospital.
Covering the Uninsured, an annual event at Suburban Hospital, provided free bilingual screening, counseling, and assistance with applications for Maryland residents who were without health care insurance on March 20th and March 22nd, 2012.
|Suburban Hospital employees set aside time to donate blood for the American Red Cross|
To expand access to primary care and medical services for vulnerable residents, Suburban Hospital financially supports Clinica Proyecto Salud and the Holy Cross Hospital Health Centers in Gaithersburg, MD by donating $300,000 in FY12 which affords these safety net clinics the ability to extend their hours of operations and supplement additional health care providers
Cardiovascular outreach in Southern Maryland through the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital supported 588 events, engaging 14,667 individuals to improve healthy lifestyles in Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties.
Medical Exploring and Job Shadowing resulted in 22 educational events for 614 students interested in pursuing careers in medicine.
The Safe Sitter course at Suburban has produced 308 11-13 year- old graduates who learned safety essentials of babysitting in 2012.
Since 2003, Suburban has hosted 18 YMCA parenting workshops that educated 1,701 families on issues facing parents today, from the healthy use of technology to the pressures children face in succeeding in the school system.
394 monthly blood pressure screenings conducted at area mall-walking programs and community centers contributed to keeping over 30,000 individuals to know their numbers and take better charge of their health.
804 Senior Shape classes taught by certified exercise instructors built flexibility, strength, and healthy hearts for thousands of seniors across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
83 health education seminars were coordinated by Suburban Hospital in senior centers throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, reaching approximately 2,000 people. Topics ranged from Managing Knee Pain to Diving Out of Depression and Marching into Good Nutrition. All education seminars are free, open to the public and advertised through the Hospital’s newsletter and social media.
Since its inception three years ago, the Knots for Shots health initiative program has provided uninsured and homeless county residents with a free hat, scarf or blanket in exchange for getting a flu shot and in doing so reaching out to nearly 600 residents in Montgomery County who would otherwise not seek the vaccination.
The MobileMed/NIH Heart Clinic is operated and staffed by volunteer cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, echo techs, registrars and hospital staff who extend their workday to improve the health of the community.