LifeBridge Health consists of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and LifeBridge Health & Fitness, along with their subsidiaries and affiliated units. As the largest, most comprehensive and most highly respected provider of health-related services to the people of the northwest Baltimore region, LifeBridge Health advocates preventive, wellness and fitness services and programs to educate and support the communities it serves.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore provides a broad array of high-quality, cost-effective health and health-related services to the people of Greater Baltimore. Sinai boasts 18 medical departments, six specialty units and 12 Centers of Excellence. In addition to being awarded Magnet designation, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence, Sinai was nationally ranked as one of the top 50 heart hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for 2012-13. Marked by numerous “firsts” throughout its 146-year history, Sinai Hospital is proud of its reputation for breaking new ground and offering cutting-edge technology in state-of-the-art facilities. Sinai was the first Baltimore area hospital to treat liver tumors with a minimally invasive procedure using thermal heat generated by radio waves, and the first to introduce TrueBeam™, one of the most advanced radiotherapy technologies in the world for treating cancer. TrueBeam™ delivers more flexible cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy, ease and speed. In the fall of 2012 Sinai opened the Louis and Phyllis Friedman Neurological Rehabilitation Center. The 20-bed center provides specialized rehabilitation services to adults who have sustained a brain injury, stroke or other neurological disorder and is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the state of Maryland.
For 50 years, Northwest Hospital has served the health care needs of the greater northwest Baltimore metropolitan area, including Baltimore County, western Baltimore city, and Carroll and Howard counties. Northwest is a community hospital offering the highest level of patient care with 11 Centers of Excellence and 11 medical departments. Staff responsiveness and the quality of care for patients and their families have been enhanced by the smaller 20-bed units and single occupancy rooms; the elimination of nursing stations; the placement of supplies, medications and charts in close proximity to patients; and the use of highly sophisticated communication systems. To help meet a growing need in the community, Northwest Hospital opened a new and expanded inpatient psychiatric behavioral health unit in its newest tower. The design of the new 23-bed unit took patient safety and well-being considerations into account.
In addition to providing patient-centered, family-focused care in a facility that boasts $100 million in recent expansion and renovations, Northwest has many milestone achievements. These include being the first to open a fully dedicated hospital-based hospice unit in Maryland; unveiling a 51,000-square-foot Northwest Professional Center and SurgiCenter; and opening the new Rosenberg Visitor Center to provide a quiet and relaxing lounge area, flat-screen television, computer stations, and access to guest relations staff.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital offers superior care for the elderly and disabled. Levindale was named one of the 10 most innovative health care facilities in the nation by the Center for Innovation in Health Facilities for its adult day care program and to U.S. News and World Report’s list of best nursing homes for 2011. Levindale accepts a leadership role in defining and developing elder care. We proudly became the first registered Eden Alternative center in Maryland. This philosophy infuses companionship, empowerment and spontaneity into the daily lives of residents and patients. The Neighborhood Model was the next step in Levindale’s journey to change nursing home culture. This ideal turns rigid nursing homes into places where residents' desires are the priority.
Culture Change at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus at Levindale and
Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Boasting a vital and vibrant history grounded in Jewish culture, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital has served the community for more than 120 years. Levindale provides a complete range of quality health care programs for the elderly and disabled, including a nursing home, a specialty hospital for complex chronic medical conditions, comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, a sub-acute unit, hospice care, respite care, and adult day services.
Levindale is dedicated to providing superior service in a cost-effective manner for the aged, frail and ill. As an advocate for the elderly, Levindale accepts a leadership role in defining and developing a comprehensive continuum of nursing, medical and social services within the Baltimore-area Jewish community. Our full-time Chaplaincy department and our observance of Jewish laws provide the highest quality of comfort for our patients and residents.
In 2000, Levindale was pleased to welcome Jewish Convalescent & Nursing Home to the LifeBridge Health family. In early 2009, Jewish Convalescent was renamed Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to better reflect the expansion in admission policy, which began including non-Jewish residents in 2007. Courtland Gardens is also a geriatric-focused center that provides excellent health care in a homelike atmosphere. Our commitment is to respect our residents of all faiths.
Levindale was proud to become the first registered Eden Alternative center in Maryland in 2000, and Courtland Gardens followed suit in 2002. The Eden Alternative is a program that promotes cultural change. It creates an environment to celebrate life by surrounding residents and patients with plants, pets and children in an atmosphere of companionship, empowerment and spontaneity. It also focuses on giving residents and patients the chance to nurture and care for others. These objectives are achieved through regular interaction with children; care for pets; kibbutzim – groups that create a family feeling; and restaurant-style dining. In addition, creative therapeutic recreation programs also provide music therapy, art therapy, exercise, Russian culture, movies, games, field trips and weekly birthday parties.
To continue our culture changes, in 2005 we embarked on the next Eden Alternative phase called the Neighborhood Model. This model is designed to put more decision-making power into the hands of residents. Each neighborhood (formerly unit) is made up of small groups of elders, clinical and non-clinical employees, families, and volunteers. In 2011, the Households and Town Center were dedicated, and residents began occupying their new quarters, which became the first fully operational households in Maryland.
The success of the Eden Alternative and Neighborhood Model relies heavily on community involvement. Philanthropic support helps us continue our mission of providing not only the best medical care, but also cultural stimulation, social opportunities, emotional support and a family-like environment for our residents and patients.
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pavilion for Emergency Medicine and The Herman and Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital
Northwest Hospital is currently planning a major expansion of its Emergency Department located in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pavilion for Emergency Medicine. The expansion will increase capacity to meet the growing demand in the community for emergency care. The project will expand the existing 38-bed facility into a 54-bed facility with additional administrative, clinical support and functional areas. Originally designed to accommodate an estimated 50,000 patient visits per year, the department is currently seeing more than 62,000 patient visits per year and growing. When complete with the new streamlined “patient-centered” through-put access, from greeter through exit registration, it is anticipated that some 81,000 patient visits per year will be accommodated. This complex multiphase project, which began in August 2012, is forecasted to be complete in 2016.
The Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital, part of the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for disease of both the breast and bone in the Baltimore region. Patients benefit from advanced technology and a highly trained, multidisciplinary team dedicated to helping women navigate their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. At the center, we strive to make it easier for women to understand their treatment options, get the support they need during treatment and obtain truly coordinated care.
Advanced technology including state-of-the-art mammography and diagnostic breast ultrasound equipment is available at the center. Additional diagnostic services available at the center include stereotactic breast biopsy and bone density testing.
The Samuelson Breast Care Center is housed in a premier location in the front of the hospital. Guest and patient areas have especially comfortable seating areas, and calming music plays throughout with the goal of reducing the anxiety of our patients. Highly experienced fellowship-trained breast surgeon Dawn Leonard, M.D., was appointed to lead the program and works closely with other members of the medical staff.
Philanthropic support allows us to provide a broad array of high-quality, cost-effective health services in an environment where our patients and their families can receive the best and most compassionate care. These funds provide financial resources that strengthen hospital programs, enhance medical technologies, assist in attracting the best clinical staff and help maintain a healing environment.
The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai
Admitting more than 2,400 children and young adults a year, the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai provides medical expertise for a wide array of illnesses and diseases that can affect children. This expertise includes subspecialists with years of training and experience who bring with them valuable knowledge. In addition, the Samuelson Children’s Hospital boasts a renowned pediatric residency program focusing on 16 pediatric subspecialties.
At the heart of our Department of Pediatrics is the concept of family-centered care. Based on the knowledge that family is the constant in a child’s life, family-centered care is built on partnerships between families and health professionals during and after a child is treated for a diagnosed illness. Philanthropic funds support numerous projects across the Department of Pediatrics. Patient-assistance funds help families with transportation to and from treatment, medical bills not covered by insurance, and prescriptions. Other funds provide toys for the playroom, arts and crafts for young patients, and video games and movies for inpatient rooms. In addition, ongoing research and clinical trials are funded by the generosity of community and corporate foundations.
Offering the second largest pediatric oncology program in the state, Sinai’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology treats hundreds of children each year who have pediatric cancers and blood disorders by providing outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy as well as ongoing treatment and follow-up. In 2010, the Alfred I. Coplan Pediatric Hematology Oncology Outpatient Center opened in its newly relocated and expanded space on the Sinai campus. The larger, brighter clinic provides five exam rooms and five private infusion bays in a comforting, yet vibrant, child- and adolescent-friendly environment.
The new Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai opened in March 2012. The new facility includes larger, ergonomic patient rooms that allow space for the patient care team and family members. There are 26 private inpatient rooms, and each room is equipped with a video game system; 42-inch flat-screen television; a sleeper sofa bed for parents; a storage area with a combination lock; and a small table for paperwork, homework or playing games. Each room includes a full bathroom with a shower, child seat and a removable shower head for smaller children. Computers are located in each room for staff documentation.
Additional highlights of the new facility include a live broadcast feed from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, a large playroom for kids, a separate room for teens, a physical therapy treatment room, two nurses’ stations and medical staff offices on the unit. There are several small gathering areas for patients and families outside of the patient rooms. The family hospitality area includes a microwave, sink and refrigerator. The unit also has an on-site outpatient pharmacy and Child Life Program.