Whether you're seeing stars or are just plain sickly, MedStar Health can cater to you. The not-for-profit organization runs 10 hospitals and about 20 other health-related businesses across Maryland and the Washington, DC, area, including Union Memorial and Georgetown University Hospital. With more than 3,000 beds and 5,600 affiliated physicians, MedStar has a comprehensive service offering, including acute and long-term sub-acute care, emergency services, home health care, and rehabilitation. It also operates emergency clinics and assisted living and nursing homes, maintains a primary care and specialist physician network (MedStar Physician Partners), and conducts research and medical education activities.
Along with its 10 hospitals and a dizzying array of inpatient and outpatient services, MedStar Health also operates a Medicaid managed care program called MedStar Family Choice.
Its Nascott Orthotics and Prosthetics division provides adult and pediatric prosthetic services and devices to patients in Washington, DC and Baltimore. The company provides a continuum of care from initial measurement to fabrication of the device and maintenance through four locations scattered throughout the service areas.
MedStar Health's Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) administers home health care, infusion services, private duty nursing and hospice, as well as immunizations. The VNA increased its home care capabilities a couple of years ago when it began using telemonitoring services to keep tabs on home care patients without having to physically visit each patient's home.
Despite its already hefty size, MedStar Health is not adverse to getting bigger. It grows usually through acquisitions of existing facilities, but also through alliances with other health care providers. In 2011 MedStar partnered with Cleveland Clinic to form an Innovation Alliance designed to benefit patients through collaborative innovation projects, research, clinical investigation, and commercialization. Initially, the alliance is focusing on developing and rapidly deploying new technologies. MedStar Health has acquired several hospitals in recent years, including St. Mary's Hospital with 100 beds in southern Maryland, and Montgomery General Hospital, a 150-bed general acute care facility located in Montgomery County, Maryland.
MedStar Health has also entered the growing quick-care and urgent care market by partnering with Rite Aid to establish walk-in health clinics in a number of Rite Aid pharmacies throughout the Baltimore and Washington, DC, markets. – less
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