MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

OLNEY, Md. —MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The ABCs of Pediatric Respiratory Illness: Asthma, Bronchiolitis, Croup

With more than 10 years of experience treating patients at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Rupal Udeshi, MD, has seen her fair share of respiratory conditions. Each fall, the Pediatric Emergency Center sees many children with symptoms such as cough, fever and wheezing.

Parents sometimes assume that these symptoms are signs of pneumonia, a type of lung infection that is typically treated with antibiotics. Pneumonia is one possibility, but there are other common childhood illnesses that also need to be considered. Dr. Udeshi explains the ABCs of pediatric respiratory illness:

Asthma is a condition that causes difficulty breathing. It is typically treated with inhaled medication and, sometimes, with steroid medication in tablet or liquid form. These medications help to open up the airways. Children are at increased risk for asthma if they have a family history of the condition, are exposed to second-hand smoke, or have environmental allergies.

Bronchiolitis is a type of lung infection most common in children under 2. This illness can cause cold-like symptoms such as coughing, fever and wheezing. Bronchiolitis can’t be treated with antibiotics. Some patients benefit from receiving oxygen to ease breathing or IV fluids to help with dehydration. In these cases, the child may be admitted to the hospital for a short stay.

Croup is a viral illness that is associated with a barky, seal-like or high-pitched cough. Symptoms can appear suddenly. Croup is most common in children under 6. Doctors sometimes prescribe inhaled medication to reduce inflammation and ease breathing. Croup may be treatable at home or may require a short hospital stay.

WHEN TO BRING YOUR CHILD TO THE PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CENTER
If your child is experiencing difficulty breathing along with fever, dehydration or abdominal pains, Dr. Udeshi recommends bringing him or her to the Pediatric Emergency Center right away. You should also bring

Learn more about our pediatric emergency services.

Philanthropic Support Brings New Tech and Staff to the Maternal Newborn Center

“The Maternal Newborn Center is all about exciting new additions,” says Dr. Ngozi Wexler, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. “And we are thrilled to be growing our MedStar Montgomery family. Recently, our team has added talented new staff and one very high-tech bundle of joy — a cutting-edge ultrasound machine.”

Thanks to the generosity of the community partners who came together to raise over $100,000 in May’s 41st Annual Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, Dr. Wexler and her team are better equipped than ever to provide for highrisk pregnancies and obstetrical emergencies.

“The new GE Voluson E8 ultrasound machine is expanding and elevating our ability to care for complicated pregnancies within our local community,” says Dr. Wexler. MedStar Montgomery has also hired a full-time ultrasound technician and four part-time physicians with expertise in addressing complicated pregnancies.

“When patients are experiencing problems like an aneurysm in the umbilical cord, lack of fluid in the uterus, or other pregnancy complications, time is of the essence,” explains Dr. Wexler. “While we always provided our patients with extremely responsive care, in-house imaging technology and additional specialists allow us to move even more quickly. We are so grateful to Sandy Spring Bank and our other community sponsors.”

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, philanthropic investors help us make medical dreams a reality. Individuals, including patients who have benefited from MedStar Montgomery’s expert care, and community groups can express their support through the donation of time, treasure, testimony or talent. Sandy Spring Bank, the premier sponsor of the Fore! Your Health Golf Classic, has been supporting MedStar Montgomery Medical Center for a century.

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In fact, the partnership dates back 100 years, when one of the original Sandy Spring Bank directors made a philanthropic donation to the hospital.

The hospital’s expanded service for complicated pregnancies is the latest in a long string of projects supported by Sandy Spring Bank. Since 1992, Sandy Spring Bank has provided nearly a half-million dollars in philanthropic support to the hospital. This contribution, along with support from other community partners, has played an important role in helping MedStar Montgomery to double the size of the Emergency Department, advance nursing education initiatives throughout the hospital, and acquire cutting-edge equipment for cancer care.

As one of the premier banks in the Greater Washington, D.C., region, Sandy Spring Bank has helped build strong communities for nearly 150 years and remains deeply committed to enriching the lives of the communities it serves. Partnering with MedStar Montgomery is just one of the many ways Sandy Spring brings that commitment to life.  

Learn more about giving opportunities at MedStar Montgomery.

Skilled, Supportive and Safe Deliveries for High-Risk Pregnancies

When Krystal Joshua, age 34, learned she was pregnant in July 2016, she told friends and family not to plan a baby shower. Though she and her husband were overjoyed about her pregnancy, Krystal worried that her chances for delivering a healthy, full-term baby were slim.

After two stillbirths more than 10 years ago and, in 2015, a miscarriage that required a trip to the operating room for emergency surgery and a blood transfusion, Krystal wanted her baby in her arms before celebrating.

She didn’t have far to turn for support and expert care. Krystal is a front-desk receptionist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. “Dr. Jayaraj reassured me that everything would be fine with this pregnancy,” recalls Krystal. “She said, ‘Don’t worry, I will deliver a healthy baby for you.’”

Thirty-five percent of all pregnancies delivered at MedStar Montgomery are considered high-risk, according to Sujithra Jayaraj, MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “We have a lot of high-risk pregnancies, and we dedicate a lot of time as a team to managing them,” says Dr. Jayaraj.

Sujithra Jayaraj, MD

“Our first challenge was to get Krystal safely through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy,” explains Dr. Jayaraj. 

What followed for Krystal was a carefully choreographed care plan to ensure that she met each of her pregnancy milestones and didn’t get discouraged. Krystal faced many challenges, including contractions that started at 18 weeks and a blood clot in her placenta, the structure that nourishes the baby. By 28 weeks, Dr. Jayaraj had ordered complete bed rest for Krystal.

Given Krystal’s health issues, two major challenges for Krystal’s delivery required painstaking consideration by Dr. Jayaraj. “We had to regroup to think about how to limit the baby’s exposure to anesthesia and how to prevent the potential for life-threatening bleeding for Krystal.”

When Krystal experienced regular contractions at 34 weeks, Dr. Jayaraj decided, with Krystal’s agreement, to use only a local anesthetic initially for her C-section. General anesthesia was administered at the last moment, just before reaching the baby, when Krystal began to feel pain. “We kept the baby’s exposure to anesthesia to less than 20 seconds,” Dr. Jayaraj recalls. “And, with blood products preordered and on hand, we quickly controlled Krystal’s anticipated blood loss.” More than 15 nurses and doctors participated in the delivery.

“Our small community hospital gives everyone the confidence that we can manage care for patients like Krystal just as larger hospitals can,” says Dr. Jayaraj.

Krystal encourages other women she meets who may have high-risk pregnancies not to give up hope. “I tell them to come to MedStar Montgomery and the amazing doctors here will do whatever they can to make your pregnancy successful. I cannot rave about Dr. Jayaraj enough, and I thank her for my healthy baby girl, Oyinkansola Aubrie Joshua.”

Learn more about our maternal newborn services and schedule a maternal-fetal consultation.

Back on Her Feet: A Spinal Surgery Success

“Making that appointment was the best thing I ever did,” says Delmy Martinez, recalling her first visit to Dr. Alexandros Powers. Alexandros Powers, MD, FAANS, is a professor of neurosurgery at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and a national authority on lumbar spondylolisthesis, an often-painful spinal condition caused by one or more of the spine’s vertebrae slipping out of place. Delmy, 55, had suffered from lumbar spondylolisthesis since she was a teenager, but the pain in her legs and back was worsening.

 Some days, it was hard to even get out of bed. After trying a range of unsuccessful treatments, Delmy’s neurologist referred her to Dr. Powers. Dr. Powers is an expert neurosurgeon, but he prides himself on his efforts to avoid surgery for his patients as much as his ability to operate when necessary. “There is a tendency in the field to jump right to surgery as a treatment for lumbar spondylolisthesis,” explains Dr. Powers. “That’s misguided. In over 90 percent of cases, we can get patients feeling better without surgery.”

Delmy and Dr. Powers decided on rehabilitation and medication as first steps. Working with MedStar Montgomery’s rehabilitation care team, Delmy began a customized physical and occupational therapy plan.

Delmy had tried physical therapy before, but was more impressed by the personalized approach at MedStar Montgomery. “It wasn’t one size fits all,” she says.

After a few weeks, Dr. Powers and Delmy’s rehabilitation team assessed her progress. For most patients, nonsurgical approaches are all that’s needed. But the bones in Delmy’s spine were shifting too severely, causing nerve pressure that couldn’t be treated nonsurgically. Delmy, Dr. Powers and her rehabilitation specialists all agreed that surgery was the next step.

“My co-workers asked me, ‘Aren’t you scared of spinal surgery?’” Delmy recalls. “I really wasn’t, because I trusted Dr. Powers.”

Alexandros Powers, MD

In April 2017, Delmy was admitted for surgery. Lumbar spondylolisthesis surgery requires removing bone matter that is pressing on the nerves. In some cases, it also requires inserting a piece of synthetic material to give the spine extra support, called a spinal fusion. In Delmy’s case, spinal fusion was needed.

Dr. Powers has performed thousands of these procedures over a decades-long career, relying upon microsurgical techniques originally designed for brain surgery. High-powered magnification, specialized tools and pain medication injected at the surgical site all reduce the patient’s pain and speed recovery time. While less sophisticated techniques can keep a patient recovering for weeks, Dr. Powers’ patients often heal much more quickly.

In Delmy’s case, she spent just two nights in the hospital. While her recovery continues at home, her pain is nearly gone.

Today, Delmy gets out of bed with gusto. She can play with her 11-month-old granddaughter and stand up with the congregation at her church. She continues to work with her rehabilitation team on regaining her ability to do small tasks that were once too painful to consider, like bending down to tie her shoes.

At her last visit with Dr. Powers, Delmy had a question for her surgeon: “I asked him, ‘Can I hug you?’” Delmy laughs. “I am so grateful to the team at MedStar Montgomery. They gave me my life back.”

Learn more about neurosurgery and schedule an appointment with Dr. Powers.  

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.

Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “could,” “may,” “intend,” “will,” “continue,” “future,” other words of similar meaning and the use of future dates. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of our management and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others: our limited history of operations; our losses since inception and for the foreseeable future; our limited commercial sales experience with our vBloc® System for the treatment of obesity in the United States or in any foreign market other than Australia and the European Community; the competitive industry in which we operate; our ability to maintain compliance with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements; our ability to commercialize our vBloc® System; our dependence on third parties to initiate and perform our clinical trials; the need to obtain regulatory approval for any modifications to our vBloc® System; physician adoption of our vBloc® System and vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy; our ability to obtain third party coding, coverage or payment levels; ongoing regulatory compliance; our dependence on third party manufacturers and suppliers; the successful development of our sales and marketing capabilities; our ability to raise additional capital when needed; international commercialization and operation; our ability to attract and retain management and other personnel and to manage our growth effectively; potential product liability claims; the cost and management time of operating a public company; potential healthcare fraud and abuse claims; healthcare legislative reform; and our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our technology and products. These and additional risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those factors identified as “risk factors” in Exhibit 99.3 of our current report on Form 8-K filed July 26, 2017. We are providing this information as of the date of this press release and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contacts

EnteroMedics, Inc.
Scott Youngstrom
Chief Financial Officer
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Debbie Kaster
Investor Relations
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MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Tonja Paylor
Director, Marketing & Communications
301-774-8774
[email protected]

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We are proud to be a part of the Olney community and of our ability to offer space to local groups meeting to advance the health and wellness of our visitors, patients and community. Please complete the form below to request a conference room, and a hospital representative will be in contact with you.

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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.

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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

Why Choose Us

MedStar Ob/Gyn at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has long been committed to addressing the unique healthcare needs of women. Our comprehensive programs and services ensure that women in our community receive the best of care, close to home—throughout their lives.

Our top-notch team of professionals understand the special needs of women at every stage of life and are experienced in managing all aspects of a woman’s care. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and we offer the latest technology to our patients. From obstetrics to gynecology and women's specialty services, you can count on MedStar Montgomery to provide you with the expert care you need. Learn more about the services that we offer.

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Women's Health Specialists at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Meet Our Team of Experts:

  • Ngozi Uzogara Wexler, MD, is the Chair of the Ob/Gyn Department at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center. She specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgery including robotic surgery, pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding and fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, vulvar pain and female sexual dysfunction. 
  • Adeola Abayomi, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center who tends to the unique needs of women of all ages, offering services that include routine care as well as specialized care for a variety of conditions.
  • Amy Holda Gueye, MD, MPH, is a well trained obstetrician/gynecologist and cares for the needs of women of all ages at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Her expertise ranges from routine care, minimally invasive surgeries in gynecology to specialized care for a variety of conditions.
  • Sujithra Jayaraj, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist dedicated to addressing the unique healthcare needs of women. She joined the medical staff at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in 2013.
  • Vanitha Seethappan, MD, specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, offering services to meet the needs of women of all ages, from routine gynecologic care to prenatal care to non-surgical and surgical treatments.
  • James Smith, MD, is a board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, where he provides a full range of services—from routine exams to noninvasive and minimally invasive surgical procedures.
  • Diana Sunday, MD, specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, providing services to meet the needs of women of all ages, from prenatal and routine gynecologic care to surgical and nonsurgical treatments for a wide range of conditions.

Request an Appointment

For more information or to speak with a women's health specialist, call us at 301-570-7424.

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Meet our RNs

Dina and Kat are Labor & Delivery Nurses at the Maternal Newborn Center of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. They are apart of the OB/GYN team which tends to the unique needs of women of all ages, offering services that include routine care as well as specialized care for a variety of conditions. 


Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgery

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Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgery: A New Option for Back Surgery

Spine surgeries can relieve your severe back pain, but traditional fusion procedures can limit movement. When spine surgery risks destabilizing the spinal column, vertebrae are joined together (spinal fusion) to provide support. While strengthening the area, fusion also restricts motion. Fusion might limit your ability to bend or turn your neck fully.

MedStar Montgomery offers a state-of-the-art surgical techniques that preserve your range of motion. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, motion-sparing spinal surgery may help you get you back to the activities you enjoy:

Whether you are considering motion-sparing spinal surgery, microscopic or minimally-invasive surgery, or a traditional spine procedure, MedStar Montgomery’s interdisciplinary team of orthopedic experts will take the time to discuss all of your surgical options and help you chose an approach that fits your lifestyle.

Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgeries Offered at MedStar Montgomery

Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons use motion-sparing techniques in several new spine procedures including:

  • Cervical artificial disk replacement for herniated disks, an alternative to fusion procedures that use metallic plates and screws with bone grafts to stabilize the cervical spine. An artificial disk is inserted to replace the degenerated or herniated disk without limiting your range of motion.
  • Laminoplasty for cervical spinal stenosis performed without fusing neck vertebrae. This procedure can correct cervical spinal stenosis without limiting your ability to fully turn your neck.

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a neurosurgery specialist, call 855-546-1984

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