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MedStar Harbor Hospital

2lineEntity_2C_Pos_VWhat makes MedStar Harbor ’s community outreach unique is that it addresses the holistic needs of communities, according to Ryan Moran, the hospital’s director of community health.

“MedStar Harbor lives out its mission as an anchor institution and is a model for community health for all hospitals in our state,” Moran said.

The private, nonprofit hospital in Baltimore elevated its community health department following a community health needs assessment in 2018, Moran said, and focuses outreach efforts in three areas: behavioral health services, chronic disease management and prevention and social determinants of health.

In the area of behavioral health services, MedStar Harbor has screened more than 150,000 patients for substance use and referred some 2,500 patients to alcohol or substance abuse treatment programs. The hospital also was one of the first in the state to launch an Opioid Survivor Outreach Program and works with organizations such as Catholic Charities and Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore to educate people on mental health and substance abuse.

The hospital is about to launch a mobile health unit to serve the most vulnerable residents of south Baltimore.

The hospital works with organizations such as Hungry Harvest, a produce delivery service, to deliver fresh produce to patients in their homes, and the Greater Baybrook Alliance to design a bike and pedestrian path connecting the Gwynns Falls Trail with the BWI Trail.

MedStar Harbor also works with Baltimore’s Safe Streets Program and has helped the neighboring community of Cherry Hill celebrate a homicide-free year.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.