EnteroMedics Announces First Veterans Choice Program vBloc® Implant at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

ST. PAUL, Minn. — EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ:ETRM), the developer of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced that MedStar Health successfully completed its first implant of the Company’s vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy for a veteran through the Veterans Choice Program. The surgery was performed on Friday August 18, 2017 by John S. Brebbia, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS.

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“We are so pleased to be a part of a program that allows access to a safe, durable, non-anatomy-altering solution for patients who are battling the potentially life-threatening disease of obesity and its associated comorbidities,” said Dr. Brebbia. “While we have successfully implanted vBloc in the general population at MedStar, we are honored to now be offering this solution to the many veterans who qualify for vBloc through the Veterans Choice Program.”

The Federal Veterans Choice Program allows veterans to have the vBloc procedure within a facility in their local community instead of at a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital, significantly increasing the accessibility to vBloc for veterans. According to the VA, in the first quarter of FY2017, they observed a more than 30 percent increase in authorizations through the program as compared to the same period in FY2016.  EnteroMedics’ previously-announced agreement with Academy Medical covers the cost of vBloc for qualified veterans in accordance with their VA health benefits.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

About vBloc® Therapy

vBloc Therapy works to control sensations of hunger using a pacemaker-like device that is implanted under the skin during a safe, minimally invasive procedure that does not alter or remove any patient anatomy. The vBloc System is designed to give the patient a sensation of fullness, empowering them to eat less, control their appetite, and lose weight. Studies have shown that vBloc Therapy produces meaningful weight loss while also reducing comorbidity factors related to obesity.

vBloc Therapy is approved for use in people aged 18 years and older who are obese, with a BMI of 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or obstructive sleep apnea who have had a poor response to trying to lose weight under supervision in the last 5 years.

About EnteroMedics Inc.

EnteroMedics is a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of technology to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy, delivered by an FDA-approved pacemaker-like device called the vBloc® System, is designed to help patients feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve. EnteroMedics recently acquired the Gastric Vest System™ through its acquisition of BarioSurg, Inc.

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Media Contacts

EnteroMedics, Inc.
Scott Youngstrom
Chief Financial Officer
651-634-3011
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Investor Relations
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MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Tonja Paylor
Director, Marketing & Communications
301-774-8774
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MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Honored by Practice Greenhealth for Environmental Excellence

Olney, MD – MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year by Practice Greenhealth, a leading healthcare organization dedicated to healthcare sustainability, for its environmental achievements. The hospital will be honored at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony, held on Thursday, May 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at CleanMed 2017. 

Greenhealth2017MedStar Montgomery received the “Greenhealth Partner for Change Award” in recognition of its efforts to continuously improve and expand upon its waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas. 

Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, president of MedStar Montgomery, said,

“MedStar Montgomery is committed to improving the health of our patients, staff, and community as a whole. We take pride in our efforts to integrate more sustainable practices into our day-to-day practices and lessen our impact on the environment. We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to encourage others in the healthcare industry to be more environmentally friendly.” 


About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

March of Dimes Thanks MedStar Montgomery Medical Center During Day of Gratitude

Olney, MD — The local March of Dimes held a Day of Gratitude event at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Maternal Newborn Center. It was an opportunity for the March of Dimes staff to express thanks to the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals for all that they do each day as they care for these fragile babies and their families.

Hospital staff was presented with a plaque in recognition of their efforts to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. “We wanted to show our gratitude for these talented, compassionate caregivers who dedicate themselves and their time to the delicate mission we are also passionate about,” said Kate Hornyan, March of Dimes Greater DC Market Development Manager. “It was a meaningful experience to honor the dedicated staff at MedStar Montgomery.”

Although we continue to make strides in this area, the nation experienced a slight increase in its preterm birth rate from 9.57% (2014) to 9.63% (2015). A small, but statistically significant increase. This is the first time in eight years that the nation has experienced an increase. Approximately 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S. In Maryland, over 1,422 babies are born each week, and 143 of these are born preterm (before 37 weeks completed weeks of gestation). These babies face an increased risk of serious medical complications and life-long disabilities. Some may not reach their first birthday. In addition to the physical and emotional effects, a preterm birth can cost 12 times more than an uncomplicated birth and costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year.

The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And, if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten babies and work on preventing them. Since the organization was established in 1938, March of Dimes work has led to discoveries that shape today’s standards of a healthy pregnancy.

March of Dimes
Chanda Satchell, MMMC Maternal Newborn Center Unit Manager, Kate Hornyan, March of Dimes Development Manager, and Paula Rodney, MMMC Director of Nursing

November is Prematurity Awareness Month®, and a key time when the March of Dimes focuses everyone’s attention on the serious problem of premature birth. An estimated 15 million babies are born premature and of those more than a million die as a result of their early birth.

About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Media Contact
Gina Cook, Director Marketing,
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
[email protected]
301-774-8774

Vocera Integration with Prescriptive Analytics Reduces Patient Falls

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Improves Patient Safety and Experience

voceraSAN JOSE, Calif. — Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that long-time customer MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has once again improved patient care with the launch of a fall prevention program. The innovative new initiative combines prescriptive analytics using the hospital’s clinical data with the Vocera Communication System, an intelligent software platform enabling real-time alerts and notifications, secure texting, hands-free communication, and integration with more than 75 clinical systems including electronic health records, nurse call and bed management solutions. The program is supported by analyticsMD’s prescriptive analytics solution.

For more than 13 years, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been a Vocera customer, initially implementing the Vocera Communication System enterprise-wide to reduce noise levels. That objective was quickly met; and over the years, the hospital has leveraged Vocera technology in many other ways to improve patient experience and workflow efficiency. Equipping environmental services staff with wearable, voice-controlled communication devices helped improve room turnover rates, and integration between the bed tracking system and the Vocera solution significantly improved patient wait times and throughput in the emergency department. In 2012, the hospital integrated its nurse call solution with the Vocera system, connecting patients quickly to their caregivers and reducing staff response times.

With a continuous focus on patient safety and satisfaction, MedStar implemented analyticsMD’s prescriptive analytics solution in 2016, gaining real-time, actionable insight into its patient population. The analyticsMD platform looks at both historical and transactional data to proactively notify MedStar team members about fall risks. Now MedStar has a real-time fall alert system that notifies care teams about high-risk patients. These alerts are sent directly to assigned nurses via their Vocera Communication Badge. Because the badges are wearable, staff members’ hands are free to quickly help patients at the bedside while also calling for co-workers’ assistance if needed.

“We are noticing a downward trend in falls since implementing the prevention program using the Vocera technology in conjunction with analyticsMD prescriptive analytics,” said Christiane Brown, assistant vice president of information technology at MedStar. “It’s amazing how the right information combined with the right communication technology can have such as positive impact on patient care and safety.”

In addition to safeguarding patients, an effective fall prevention program can improve operational efficiency. On average, a serious fall-related injury adds 6.3 days to a patient’s hospital stay and costs approximately $14,056, according The Joint Commission.

“Real-time communication between care teams impacts multiple aspects of a health system’s operations and is essential in improving patient safety,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “I’m impressed by the way Medstar Montgomery Medical Center has integrated its clinical data with the Vocera Communication Platform to improve staff responsiveness and reduce falls. This innovative approach is a great example of how human-centered technology can elevate the patient experience.”

About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

About analyticsMD

The analyticsMD platform empowers frontline hospital managers to make data-driven operational decisions in real time. Machine learning and artificial intelligence uses a hospital’s data along with proprietary external signals empower staff and improve patient satisfaction in the value-based healthcare system.To learn more about analyticsMD visit www.analyticsmd.com

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. offers one of the most robust clinical communications systems in healthcare. Installed in more than 1,300 organizations worldwide, Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems and physiological monitors. These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

The Vocera logo is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. Vocera® is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts

Amendola Communications for Vocera Communications:
Joy DiNaro, Media Relations Director
847.809.0406
[email protected]

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center:
Gina Cook, Director Marketing Communications
301-774-8774
[email protected]

MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine Launched at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

New Initiative Combines Mainstream Medicine with Complementary Healing Approaches to Address the Needs of the Whole Person

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has launched the MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine, a new initiative designed to promote patient centered care, focus on health and healing and improve outcomes by treating the whole person. 

Integrative medicine, which seamlessly combines mainstream medicine with non-conventional healing approaches , has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of individuals with a wide range of conditions—from cancer and chronic pain to orthopedic disorders to many of the common problems that affect women. It takes into account not only physical symptoms, but also the psychological, social and spiritual impact the condition may have on a person.

“The use of integrative medicine strategies is rooted in the desire to improve patient care and the practice is growing nationwide,” explains Emily Ratner, MD, director of the new center. “It’s an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, and spiritual influences that affect a person’s health.”

The center offers the following services:

Center for Integrative Medicine

  • Integrative Medicine consultation
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Psychological evaluation and holistic interventions
  • Mindfulness-based approaches for stress and pain management
  • Mind-body therapies, including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation
  • Positive behavior change
  • Guided Imagery
  • Nutrition consultation and follow up visits
  • Cooking and nutrition classes
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes
  • Reiki
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Massage therapy

The specialists at the center employ a personalized strategy that starts with an assessment of each patient’s unique conditions and circumstances to determine the most appropriate intervention for that individual. A treatment plan is then developed to address the patient’s specific needs so they can regain and maintain optimum health.   

Located at 18111 Prince Philip Drive, the Center is on the campus of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in suite 202. Services are available to anyone and patients may be referred by a primary care physician or specialist.  Some insurance companies provide coverage for selected treatments for patients with certain conditions. Patients are encouraged to inquire with their insurance company whether integrative medicine services may be covered. 

Visit MedStarMontgomery.org/Healthy to learn more about the MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Names New President

COLUMBIA, Md. (Feb. 11, 2016)—Thomas J. (T.J.) Senker, FACHE, has been named president of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center effective Feb.1, succeeding Peter W. Monge. Senker also serves as senior vice president for MedStar Health.  

Senker, TJWith more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Senker is an experienced leader who is committed to providing higher levels of quality and safety at lower costs.

He previously served as the chief operating officer at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Before coming to MedStar Montgomery, he was vice president of regional integration and operations for MedStar Health, where he lead service optimization, performance improvement and integration activities across the Baltimore region.

Senker joined MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in 2008 as the vice president of professional services and served later as vice president of operations.

Senker is board-certified in healthcare management as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a board member for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery Cares, and is part of the 2016 class for Leadership Montgomery.

He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Media Contact

Ann C. Nickels
410-772-6661
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Two Community OB/GYN Practices Join MedStar Health

Expanded Practice Offers Access to More Physicians, More Locations

Olney, Md.—May 13, 2014—Two of the area’s leading OB/GYN practices, Women’s First OB/GYN Associates and Capital OB/GYN Associates, have joined MedStar Health to form MedStar Georgetown OB/GYN, providing patients and prospective patients with more access to the care they need when they need it.

MedStar Georgetown OB/GYN brings together nine of the area’s leading specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, who will continue to build on the legacy of care that their patients have come to expect. They are:

  • Sandra Abraham-Hebert, MD
  • Amy E. Ampey, MD
  • Kim M. Freeman, MD
  • Michael T. Goodman, MD
  • Zarina D. Hussain, MD
  • Sujithra Jayaraj, MD
  • Kerri M. Nardone, DO
  • Charles R. Tuegel, MD

In addition to the availability of more physicians, the new practice offers patients more convenient locations to choose from when accessing care. Offices are located at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, as well as in Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Mt. Airy.

As part of MedStar Health, patients of MedStar Georgetown OB/GYN also benefit from the organization’s comprehensive network. MedStar Health is the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region with 10 hospitals and related support services that share their expertise within the system.

For more information about the services offered through MedStar Georgetown OB/GYN, or to make an appointment, call 301-570-7424, or visit MedStarMontgomery.org.

About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is 156 bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. As a proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology. For more information about the hospital, contact Gina Cook, marketing and communications manager, at 301-774-8774 or [email protected]

Contact Information

Gina Cook
Marketing & Communications Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 301-774-8774

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Recognized as a Best Place to Work by Washington Business Journal

Olney, Md.— March 31, 2014—The Washington Business Journal has recognized MedStar Montgomery Medical Center as one of Greater Washington’s Best Places to Work in its 2014 rankings.

MedStar Montgomery was named to the list as one of the top large employers, defined as having more than 151 employees, based on a survey of employees conducted during the past several months.

Hundreds of companies and thousands of employees participated in the surveying process. This is the eighth year that the Washington Business Journal has been rating the work environment of area companies.

“Everyone who works at MedStar Montgomery plays a critical role in ensuring that we provide our patients with the best care possible. Making sure that our associates know that they are appreciated and valued is key to the best outcomes,” Peter Monge, president of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center said. “The fact that this recognition is based on surveys of those who work here means more than you can imagine. We are truly delighted.”

Learn more about the Washington Business Journal’s rankings.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is 138 bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. As a proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology. For more information about the hospital, contact Gina Cook, marketing and communications manager, at 301-774-8774 or [email protected]

Contact Information

Gina Cook
Marketing & Communications Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 301-774-8774