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Clinical Advances

Ongoing charitable investments in clinical programs, advanced technology, and innovative initiatives allow Suburban Hospital to continue delivering exceptional patient care despite the growing challenges of healthcare access, reform, and reimbursement. Over the past year, this generosity inspired great advancements in several critical areas:

Dr. Jose Merino reviews a stroke MRI.
Dr. Jose Merino reviews a stroke MRI.

NIH Stroke Center

In 2009, Suburban Hospital and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) celebrated a decade of collaboration. Partnering the unsurpassed research capabilities of NIH with Suburban Hospital’s expertise in emergency medicine and clinical care resulted in a model program that assures the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for stroke. The strength of this program over ten years could not have been realized without the support of many generous donors, including the Wolpoff Family Foundation, whose 2009 gift helped to establish an innovative stroke ambassador program.

John and Dade McMahon (center) with cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Keith Horvath and nurse practitioner Linda Krause.
John and Dade McMahon (center) with cardiac surgeon Dr. Keith Horvath and nurse practitioner Linda Krause.

NIH Heart Center

Completing its fourth year of operation, this program continues to achieve milestones and surpass national quality outcomes. Financial support from grateful patients like John McMahon, chair of Bethesda-based Miller & Long Construction, has enabled the acquisition of new cardiac technology, enhanced nursing recruitment and education, and funded outreach initiatives, effectively fueling Suburban Hospital’s vision to develop the region’s leading cardiac care program. Read about how our cardiac team saved a young man with a deadly aortic dissection in Bethesda Magazine's "Saving Tom Kadesch."

Multidisciplinary vascular team.

Vascular Outreach

Embracing its role as a regional leader in both cardiac and stroke care, during 2009, Suburban Hospital brought together experts from across many disciplines (photo right) to develop a center of excellence for vascular disease. With circulatory disorders often regarded as silent killers, the collaborative program includes a strong prevention education and screening outreach component, made possible thanks to equipment funding from a Montgomery County grant.

Suburban Hospital staff participates in CMAX-09.
Suburban Hospital staff participates in CMAX-09.

Emergency Response

Financial support from the Federal government and other generous donors continues to bolster Suburban Hospital’s role in the Bethesda Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Partnership. Suburban’s efforts, in conjunction with the National Naval Medical Center, the NIH Clinical Center, and the National Library of Medicine, have created a recognized national model for effective local and regional disaster medical response. In 2009, more than 5,000 individuals participated in CMAX-09, a coordinated multi-agency exercise designed to test readiness and operational systems. Watch a dynamic video about the partnership now.


Visionary strategy supported by generous funding is helping to strengthen the breadth and quality of services at Suburban Hospital to the point of frequent recognition. During 2009, both the cardiac care program and oncology’s complex and rare cancers initiative received the Blue Distinction designation from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. This award is reserved for organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. Likewise, Suburban Hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center became the only freestanding surgery center in the county to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission – a nationally recognized symbol of quality.