PRMC’s Healthcare Team Ranked Among Top 5 Percent in the Country

Peninsula Regional Medical Center is going to need a bigger trophy case. The healthcare team was recently honored with two prestigious awards that recognize clinical excellence.

Peninsula Regional was recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with a 2018 5-Star Rating ­— the agency’s best — for the care it provides and the outcomes experienced by patients.  PRMC was just one of four Maryland hospitals to be recognized by CMS with the 5-Star designation and the only hospital on the Eastern Shore.  

The PRMC healthcare team also received the Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. The distinction recognizes PRMC as being among the Top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

PRMC was one of just nine hospitals in Maryland to receive the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, and the sole recipient on the Eastern Shore
of Maryland. 

“Peninsula Regional’s greatest asset is our team of employees, medical staff, and volunteers. Our Healthgrades clinical successes are a direct result of their dedication and devotion to every patient and family member,” said Steven Leonard, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “Quality and safety remain at the heart of everything we do as an organization. To be placed among the nation’s best hospitals, once again, by Healthgrades reinforces that we have assembled the finest healthcare team in the region that is committed to outstanding clinical outcomes and quality patient care.” 

From 2014-2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.3 percent lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome) than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. During this same period, if all other hospitals as a group performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, on average 159,924 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for respiratory failure at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 24.5 percent lower risk of dying than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction. 

“Given the variation in clinical quality that exists between hospitals, it is more important than ever for consumers to do their research and use information like this to assess their care decisions,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. 

“Those hospitals that have received Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award have proven their steadfast commitment to providing quality care to patients.”  

The 250 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. 

During the 2018 study period (2014-2016), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population
across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). 

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, visit

PRMC’s New Hybrid Operating Room Saves Lives
Neurosurgery Patients Can Now Seek Treatment Locally

In Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s new hybrid operating room, clinical teams perform symphonies. 

Leading the group like a conductor is the surgeon, who gives direction to the orchestra (a talented group of healthcare professionals) to ensure they don’t miss a beat. They are assisted by high-tech equipment with advanced medical imaging capabilities.

The new surgical suite was recently completed after a three-month design phase and seven months of construction. It will be primarily used by Dr. Sophia Shakur, a Bennett High School graduate who returned home from medical school to provide a brand-new service to her community: minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, Dr. Shakur said. Not only is there no incision — procedures are performed with a needle puncture — but patients typically experience shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries and better outcomes.

The new hybrid operating room, the first of its kind in Maryland, is a surgical suite with an interventional angiography biplane unit. Its two radiographic X-ray detectors provide images in two planes simultaneously: one from the front and another from the side.

There are other healthcare facilities in Maryland that have this technology, but Medical Imaging Director Mary Lou Melhorn said PRMC’s equipment is used inside the operating room — not in the medical imaging department — which allows surgeons to take scans during a procedure.

“PRMC now has the same capability as the larger academic medical centers to provide advanced neuro procedures here on the Peninsula,” Melhorn said. “Providing this service closer to home will make a big difference for our patients ­— in their recovery and peace of mind for their families.”

Before PRMC’s hybrid operating room opened, patients were forced to travel hours away to metropolitan hospitals for treatment. Now, Dr. Shakur said, patients don’t have to leave the Shore. It’s not only convenient, it will save lives.

“Time is brain, so this will have a big impact on patient outcomes. It really benefits patients medically to stay here,” she said. “If someone has a stroke, you really need to get to them within six hours or you can’t perform the procedure. For every 30 minutes that goes by, there’s a 10 percent decrease in a good outcome.”

Dr. Shakur operates on patients with strokes, brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and intracranial stenosis (the narrowing of arteries in the brain), to name a few. Minimally invasive neurosurgery drew her in because the diseases are more acute and patients experience quicker recoveries.

“It’s extremely exciting to be starting and developing a new program, especially to be doing so in an area that had a lot of influence on my own education,” Dr. Shakur said. “To be able to give back to my community is meaningful and very special.”

Dr. Shakur practices with Peninsula Regional Neurosurgery. She obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago, and completed fellowships at the University of Illinois in cerebrovascular neurosurgery and neuroendovascular surgery.



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