Clinical Advances, many fueled by generous contributions and donor support, allowed Suburban Hospital to enhance the level and quality of care available to patients during 2010. Ongoing charitable investments in programs and people, cutting-edge technology, and innovative initiatives helped to make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary in several critical care areas. Meanwhile, other targeted and unrestricted dollars bolstered the services of well-established programs, helping them earn national recognition.
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While an outpouring of community resources during 2010 primarily supported staff training and the acquisition of needed emergency department equipment, a single anonymous donor enabled Suburban Hospital to help equip county ambulances with LIFENET, a web-based technology that allows emergency responders to save critical time and lives by transmitting vital cardiac data directly to the hospital. Financial support from the federal government and other generous donors also continued to bolster Suburban Hospital's role in the Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Partnership and supported CMAX-10, a collaborative multiagency exercise designed to test the national model's readiness for regional disaster response.
Generous funding from individual donors, organizations like the Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation and the Ottenstein Center for Prostate Care, and events such as the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure™ continue to strengthen Suburban Hospital's oncology services, with significant emphasis on clinical expertise, research, prevention education, psychosocial support, and outreach. Together, these components enabled the Cancer Care Program to receive Accreditation with Commendation during 2010 recognition awarded to fewer than 25 percent of hospitals across the nation.
Recognized as the largest program in Montgomery County and among the top 5 in Maryland, during 2010 Suburban Hospital's Joint Replacement Program also 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.
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