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    Preventing Childhood Obesity It’s Never Too Early for Good Health Habits

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    It also has four large simulation bays, each equipped with technology to allow for monitoring performance and communication between students and instructors. In addition, spaces can be equipped with a variety of high-fidelity mannequins and task-based training equipment, where learners develop new skills or reinforce existing skills, such as CPR or central venous access.

    MedStar Health is committed to providing the best and safest care possible. The expansion of the Baltimore simulation lab is an example of the innovative ways we are working to continually improve the practices and services we are known for— further ensuring that patients receive the highest quality care.

    Part of the MedStar Simulation Training and Education Lab, known as SiTEL, the newly opened space is the largest of MedStar Health’s four training centers, all designed to enhance patient safety by providing associates with a wide array of state-of-the- art continuing education opportunities.

    To engage residents, nurses, and other associates, MedStar SiTEL uses interactive online and face-to-face training, including 3D virtual reality and hands-on, high- fidelity simulation. The Baltimore Clinical Simulation Center is also equipped for training non-clinical associates who play a key role in patient care. For example, a new program teaches environmental services associates to identify and resolve common hazards in the healthcare environment.

    Encompassing nearly 12,000 square feet of flexible training space, the expanded simulation center features new learning environments that are highly realistic, mirroring high-profile areas of a hospital. This includes simulated operating rooms, as well as patient rooms for emergency, labor and delivery, and medical-surgical treatment.

    To learn more, visit or call 855-546-0862.


    At MedStar Harbor Hospital, we are passionate about patient- centered care. For us, it’s not just about access to the quality, expert health services we provide. It’s also about the healing environment we create—for our patients, their loved ones, and our caregivers.

    Our physicians and associates, including those in non- clinical roles, take personal responsibility for ensuring that every encounter with a patient or family member is a positive one. This approach goes a long way in our ability to deliver an outstanding patient experience and achieve the best possible outcomes for every person who chooses to come here for care. I am fortunate to work with such a dedicated team.

    This issue of Waterfront highlights how the care we provide is helping patients and their families live happier and, more importantly, healthier lives. You’ll read about a nurse practitioner with MedStar Harbor Pediatrics who has successfully put her knowledge about childhood obesity to the test through her experience with her own son.

    Another article focuses on our primary care sports medicine specialists and how active individuals from all walks of life benefit from their expertise.

    We also share a story about a young woman who has turned her life around after suffering with anxiety and depression, thanks to the support and understanding she received from our behavioral health team.

    One of the other ways we are working to keep our community healthy is by offering special classes, support services, and screenings. This issue features an expanded listing of those classes and events as well.

    We hope you find this issue of Waterfront enlightening and encourage you to reach out to us if there is a health topic you’d like to learn more about. As always, we remain centered on you, our community, and meeting all of your healthcare needs.

    In good health,

    Stuart M. Levine, MD, FACP President and Chief Medical Officer, MedStar Harbor Hospital Senior Vice President, MedStar Health

    After more than a century of healing, MedStar Harbor Hospital is a mainstay in the community, serving patients from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard counties. Our convenient waterside location combines the services of a large, regional medical center with a smaller, more personal environment. From general medicine and surgery, obstetrics, orthopaedics and geriatrics, to behavioral health, cardiology, gastroenterology and urology, our team of caring physicians and associates professionally serves the unique needs of every patient.

    Waterfront is published by the Marketing and Communications department of MedStar Harbor Hospital. The information provided in this publication is intended to educate readers about subjects pertinent to their health and is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician. For more information, call 855-546-0862. Printed in the U.S.A. Copyright 2018.

    MedStar Harbor Hospital complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

    On the cover: Christina Howard-Dingman, CRNP, and her son, Carter Dingman, take a break during playtime at the park.

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    4 Preventing Childhood Obesity It’s Never Too Early for Good Health Habits

    6 Primary Care Sports Medicine The Expertise Athletes and Active Individuals Need

    10 Restoring Hope and Happiness Behavioral Health Specialists Provide Essential Support



    M edStar Health recently celebrated the expansion and renovation of the Baltimore Clinical Simulation Center, an innovative training facility located on the campus of MedStar Harbor Hospital where associates can learn and practice critical skills without ever touching a patient.

    Simulation Center Provides Hands-on Training to Enhance Patient Care


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    FAST FACT: The goal for children who are overweight should be to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Children should not be placed on a weight reduction diet without the advice of a healthcare provider.

    good, he usually does too. When we add a little bit of seasoning or a touch of garlic to the foods we are putting on our plates, we do the same for him. There are very few things he doesn’t eat.”

    As children move toward their school years, snack choices are especially important. Limiting the amount of junk food that is in the pantry and making fruits and other low-calorie options readily available for snack times helps kids keep their weight in

    check, along with physical activity throughout the day.

    “The high-calorie foods many children eat, combined with their sedentary lifestyles, with too much time spent on electronics, are adding up to obesity in our kids,” states Dr. Irwin. “Establishing good eating and exercise habits when they are young is so important, because once they are overweight or obese, it’s hard to undo.”

    The Howard-Dingman family finds it easy to follow Dr. Irwin’s advice when it comes to keeping Carter active. He loves taking trips to the local park and playground, kicking around a soccer ball with his parents, and wandering around

    the zoo on his own two feet, rather than in his stroller.

    “We always take the stroller on our day trips,” says Howard-Dingman. “But if Carter would rather walk than sit, we are fine with that. He’s getting exercise, and that’s good for him.”

    The key, she says, is day-to-day decisions that make their child’s overall health the priority.

    “Of course, we have family pizza nights and days when we simply relax and watch a movie,” she notes. “It’s about exposing our son to lots of different things and having fun. That’s the best way to assure he’s healthy.”

    Preventing Childhood Obesity It’s Never Too Early for Good Health Habits

    THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN in the United States struggling to maintain a healthy weight is on the rise. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics calls it a “national health emergency,” reporting that the prevalence of pediatric obesity nationwide has more than doubled during the past two decades. And with these extra pounds comes an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

    John Irwin, MD, a physician at MedStar Harbor Pediatrics, stresses the important role parents play in managing their children’s weight, noting that decisions made early on can make a significant difference later in life.

    Howard-Dingman and her husband, Dustin Dingman, encourage their son Carter to try a wide variety of healthy foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables.

    John Irwin, MD

    “Believe it or not, it begins before the baby is even born,” says Dr. Irwin. “What a pregnant mom eats affects her fetus. If she is healthy, the child beginning to develop insid


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