Dr. Bradley Taylor remembers his grandmother going through heart surgery and how much she improved, and he loves being able to give the opportunity to his patients.

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As one of two highest-level NICUs in Maryland, UMMC's Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has seen an increase in babies born to drug addicted mothers. In response to this issue, we, and other hospitals, including UM Upper Chesapeake Health, are responding with new standards of care, like "cuddler" programs.

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Number of Maryland babies born with drugs in their system growing

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Kate McHale, CRNP loves being a nurse practitioner because she helps patients get back to their normal lives after surgery.

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"They are able to get from patients in five minutes what I couldn't get in an hour,” University of Maryland Medical Center’s clinical program manager for emergency services Andrea Smith said. "In conversations people would say, ‘You just don't understand,' and they were right."

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Peer recovery coaches assisting in combating opiod epidemic

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Meet one of our favorite (and furriest) volunteers! At 70-years-old (in dog years), Gyspie Rue, from Pets on Wheels, comes to the Children’s Hospital once a week to provide comfort to our patients. She even has her own badge!
Peers have a unique way of connecting with people struggling with addiction because they’ve been in their shoes. Watch WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore tonight at 5:30 pm to learn about an innovative program in our emergency department.

In partnership with Mosaic Group, we employ peer recovery coaches to intervene in the ER and refer addicts into treatment.
As a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Carissa Baker-Smith loves having the opportunity to give children a chance to live full lives. #HeartMonth

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Cases of influenza are now widespread throughout Baltimore and Maryland. In order to protect UMMC patients, visitors and staff from the spread of the flu virus, we are putting a more restrictive visitor policy in place TODAY, February 15, 2017, until further notice.

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The 14th of February marks Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. Today is a special day to honor and remember everyone born with a heart defect and all of the families touched by children with heart defects.

That means it's also a perfect time to read about 43-year-old Jason Ewen, one of our adult congenital heart defect patients who beat the odds after having 3 open-heart surgeries before...
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Maryland’s Health Matters - UMMS - Winter 2017

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The University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for 10 consecutive years. Our bariatric surgery program achieved reaccreditation following a rigorous review process that proves that we can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. We are very proud of the foundation of a...
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Happy Heart Month! UMMC Heart and Vascular Center cardiologists offer extensive experience in taking care of patient’s hearts. Hear why they love doing it every day.

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Learn about the latest research, information and treatments our team provides for celiac disease and gluten intolerances.

Celiac Seminar

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Congratulations to Stephanie Santella, BSN, RN, our DAISY Award winner for January 2017! Stephanie works in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit, and was nominated by the wife of one of her patients.

"She talked to him through everything and was very gentle, loving, and caring. She was wonderful to our family: explaining everything, answering questions, and talking with us each time we...
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The UMMC community might see a familiar face on the Food Network tonight! Doug Wetzel, heat stroke survivor and master chef, will be competing on Chopped at 10 pm.

In 2015, Doug suffered a heat stroke while running a triathalon on the Eastern Shore. He was rushed to Shore Regional Health at Chestertown, then was medevaced to Shock Trauma. It was here where Doug received a life-saving...
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HEALTH TIP TUESDAY: Clean your ears properly!
UMMC Ophthalmologist Dr. Mona Kaleem was the lead author on a study that found many doctors aren't referring enough of their glaucoma patients to low-vision services.

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Doctors should refer more glaucoma patients to low-vision services, researchers say | Managed Health Care Connect

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Pacemaker technology has advanced in recent years, and now, some models allow you to monitor your pacemaker at home on your cell phone.

Watch Dr. See talk about pacemakers and how UMMC uses them while treating arrhythmias.

Pacemakers with Dr. See

Pacemakers are devices that keep the heart from beating too slowly. University of Maryland Medical Center staff use the latest and greatest technology for pa...

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More than 800,000 people in the United States die from cardiovascular disease each year—that's 1 in every 3 deaths, and about 160,000 of them occur in people under age 65. Heart disease kills roughly the same number people in the United States each year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined.

February is American Heart Month, and Mukta Srivastava, MD, an interventional...
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Congratulations to Vickie Stewart, UMMC's director of business operations in perioperative services, for winning the inaugural Best in OR Business Award from OR Manager! The award recognizes those who make complex logistical decisions, meet scheduling demands, think strategically and focus on the bottom line. Vickie has played an integral role in moving UMMC up several notches towards being a...
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