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Swift Response Saves 22-Year-Old Suffering Massive Stroke
The University of Maryland Medical Center, the City of Baltimore and Baltimore City Fire Department, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore partnered to launch a new healthcare delivery model for selected areas of Baltimore City, Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Community Paramedicine (MIH-CP).
This innovative community-based program supports the health of individuals through a comprehensive, free, multidisciplinary care model for patients which provides care outside the hospital setting, and which is designed to reduce health disparities, decrease emergency department visits, and prevent hospital re-admissions. The 2-year pilot program is serving six zip codes in West Baltimore.
Mobile Integrated Healthcare is patient centered and incorporates a holistic approach focused on the improvement of patient outcomes. The goal is to meet the health care needs of our community members and to improve health disparities. It is a community-based, cost-effective and designed to provide effective and efficient care to patients outside of the hospital.
Paramedics and nurses with advanced training are able to function outside traditional emergency response and transport roles, and instead assist in maintaining individuals’ health at their homes while also providing convenient, unscheduled care access. This program has been successfully implemented in areas across the country and has improved healthcare access for underserved populations and reduced costs.
Social and economic factors, weaknesses in primary care infrastructure, and lack of access to treatment for chronic conditions contribute to a high rate of potentially avoidable health care utilization and emergency medical service (EMS) responses in West Baltimore.
At the inception of the program, more than 80% of Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) 911 responses are for EMS incidents, presenting a significant strain to the system. And, it is estimated nationally that 15% of persons transported to emergency rooms could be treated safely in non-urgent settings. Today, readmission rates are down, ED visits are down, and the health of those enrolled in the program is improved.
UMMC's Comprehensive Stroke Center is one of the nation’s top places to treat the most complex stroke patients and one of the few institutions in the region that offers a mechanical thrombectomy - placing a thin catheter through the groin and into the brain to remove a clot.
Once this procedure is performed, the blood flow through the treated vessel is restored.
This story shows stroke emergency response in action.
At just 22, Jamie was visiting Baltimore when she suffered a massive stroke. She was conscious the entire time, but could not move or talk. She was brought to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where a team led by neurologist Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi and interventional neuroradiologist Dr. Gaurav Jindal performed a thrombectomy.
Amazingly, Jamie regained all movement and speech, and now is back to living her life as though stroke never happened.
- University of Maryland Medical Center Once Again Awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center
- University of Maryland Medical Center Receives Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
- Stroke Care at UMMC
- About the UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center
The Spirit of Thanksgiving: When a transplant surgeon’s medicine becomes personal
As the 11-year-old girl entered the operating room to get a kidney transplant, she declared she’d be a transplant surgeon when she grew up.
The transplant was a success, the girl actualized her dream, and today UMMC transplant surgeon Silke V. Niederhaus, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shares her firsthand perspective to help patients navigate the organ transplant process.
Two themes describe her approach to patient care:
- Thankfulness for all those who have donated organs
- Advocacy for living organ donation
Those themes came together recently, when her transplanted kidney began to fail after lasting a long time, 30 years. In late 2018, she began looking for a living organ donor, doing what she tells her patients to do – ask family, friends, even strangers to become an organ donor.
In this video, Dr. Niederhaus describes the steps she went through to find a living donor and her thankfulness for the donor whose kidney she received through a paired kidney exchange. The experience has also given Dr. Niederhaus a new appreciation of the difficult challenges thousands of people endure as they wait for an organ transplant. What she learned could provide new hope for her patients.