Leading the Way
For more than 150 years, Saint Agnes Hospital has positioned itself as a leader early, creating the second oldest surgical residency program in the U.S., developing a well-trained nursing staff and Nursing School, as well as a highly qualified resident staff, and establishing full-time faculty, physicians, and department chiefs. Together, this created the strong foundation from which our current medical staff continues to grow, bringing the very best in healthcare to each of our patients.
- Saint Agnes’ comprehensive Breast Center exceeds all national quality standards and was recognized for its excellence as one of the first programs nationally to received full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). As part of our unique program – on a weekly basis, an expert panel of physicians from six specialties gathers to discuss each patient, leading to the most coordinated and individualized plan.
- Saint Agnes was one of the first hospitals in Maryland to use da Vinci robotic surgery for lung cancer treatment.
- As leaders in cardiovascular care, Saint Agnes has long been at the forefront of advanced treatment options, most recently including radial angioplasty treatment of our patients. Our team is equally committed to prevention and has brought multiple, unique screening programs to the community, such as vascular screenings and the Women’s Heart Center, which opened in May 2012. This program was created, as heart disease remains the number one killer of women. With 80% of the causes leading to heart disease being preventable, Saint Agnes took the lead in raising awareness to help bring an end to this devastating disease.
- Our Bariatric Center of Excellence, created in 2001, has a long-standing position as Maryland’s leader in weight-loss surgery, performing more weight-loss surgeries than any other hospital in Maryland. The program serves as the cornerstone and inspiration for Saint Agnes Hospital’s Maryland Metabolic Institute, designed to attack the obesity epidemic from every angle.
- As the Maryland Metabolic Institute was formed, Saint Agnes new it would be important to add a non-surgical component designed to teach lifestyle and weight management for lasting change. We were the first in Maryland to bring this unique and comprehensive weight and lifestyle program, well4life, to the community.
- In 1981, Saint Agnes established the first Chest Pain Emergency Department in the world. Since then, our model has been adopted worldwide as the new standard in emergency heart care. In 2012, our Chest Pain Center was expanded to accommodate demand. Saint Agnes has partnered with emergency response teams across Baltimore City, equipping each ambulance with a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG) device. This technology enables emergency responders to confirm and report a patient’s condition while en route to the hospital, which ultimately allows for patient care to be expedited immediately, upon arrival to Saint Agnes. Our Chest Pain team works in partnership with our cardiovascular team to provide the most rapid and appropriate treatment because time is muscle, and experience and speed matter.
- Saint Agnes was the first hospital in Maryland to receive a full level 3 from the Society of Chest Pain Centers in 2010, showcasing our commitment to exceeding national quality of care measures for heart attach patients.
- Our Stroke Center was awarded the gold recognition award for excellence in Stroke Care by the American Heart/American Stroke Association two years in a row. The prestigious award is presented only to those programs demonstrating a rate of at least 85 percent on all performance achievement measures and 75 percent or higher on all quality indicators for stroke services, over a period of 24 months.
- Saint Agnes’ Perinatal Safety Team was awarded the gold certificate of excellence by the Maryland Patient Safety Center. Saint Agnes has assumed a regional leadership role on the organization’s Neonatal Safety Collaborative to ensure the healthiest outcome after birth and throughout the first 28 days of life. In addition, our NICU is designated as a Level IIIB by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), one of only sevent in the state of Maryland.
- In 2012, Saint Agnes added the Hodes Liver & Pancreas Center, which is one of three hospitals in Maryland specializing in the highly complex Whipple procedure, which is performed for cancers or precancerous areas in the head of the pancreas. In this operation, part of the pancreas, stomach, gallbladder, intestine and bile duct may be removed.
- In 2004, Saint Agnes’ Cancer Institute was the first in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States to bring tomotherapy to cancer care.