Health-care News

December 12, 2005

Hospital groups hold education day

The Washington County Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Services held its annual Fall Education Day in November. Approximately 100 auxiliary members and volunteers spent the morning at Robinwood Medical Center's conference room learning about hospital initiatives from three speakers.

The president and CEO of Washington County Health System, James P. Hammill, began the event with a presentation on the state of the hospital and the replacement facility.

Marie Thompson, director of patient and customer service at Washington County Hospital, discussed the concepts of cultural diversity.

The final presentation was given by Mark Rulle, director of the Education Center at Washington County Hospital.

The auxiliary was formed in 1952 and has grown and changed since then to meet modern hospital needs for volunteer assistance. There are more than 300 volunteers, ranging from age 14 to well into retirement. Throughout the 50-year history of the auxiliary, almost 3 million hours of service and more than $3 million in financial support have been donated to Washington County Hospital.


Volunteer opportunities are available for many areas of service at Washington County Hospital. To find out more, call 301-790-8486 or go to

Health foundation calls for proposals

EASTON, Md. - The Quality Health Foundation, the mission arm of Delmarva Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of healthcare, announced a call for proposals for the 2006 grant cycle, which will award grants to eligible organizations that work to improve healthcare for individuals and communities through measurable outcome improvement projects. In 2005, QHF awarded $250,000 to six organizations.

Projects of many types will be funded including service demonstration programs that focus on producing high impacts on health outcomes. Projects may directly impact the lives of people in your communities. Consider programs whose methods and results could be exportable to other organizations. Applications for grants will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, and applicants will be notified in May 2006.

Funding priorities for the 2006 grant cycle include:

  • Improved treatment through the use of "best practices"

  • Improved access to health care services

  • Improved communication of health knowledge

Grant applications are available at

Braddock Medical Group participates in pilot program

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Braddock Medical Group, a seven-physician medical practice in Cumberland, is among the first practices in the region to implement a series of steps designed to deliver safe, high quality health care and earn certification in the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program funded by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

The CareFirst-BTE pilot program provides financial rewards and recognition to physicians who implement steps - such as developing electronic patient registries and implementing systems to ensure follow-up care for patients with chronic health conditions - that improve the quality of care.

Braddock Medical Group is at 912 Seton Drive.

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