Vision 2020

Launched in 2013, Vision 2020 is Carroll Hospital’s seven-year strategy to create a new model of care: one that focuses not only on delivering exceptional care for the sick, but also on helping community members get healthy and stay healthy.

When Carroll Hospital joined forces with LifeBridge Health in 2015, board members and hospital leadership revisited the strategic plan with expanded financial, human and medical resources in mind. Identified priorities from the 2018 and 2015 community health needs assessments (CHNA) have informed our plans for growing services and facilities, just as the 2012 CHNA had informed the original Vision 2020.

During fiscal years 2019 to 2021, the hospital and partners have been focused on internal and external strategies with anticipated primary outcomes in the following top key issues. These were determined in collaboration with our community and local public health experts via the CHNA process. In priority order, the key issues are: 

1. Behavioral health
2. Diabetes
3. Cancer
4. Heart health

Below are the most recent updates to each of these initiatives. For a previous update, click to read the 2019 Progress Report

Behavioral Health

Enhanced Behavioral Health Services and a new comprehensive outpatient clinic network for both children and adults

To ensure patients have access to the most appropriate care, the hospital continues to partner with local and state agencies that leverage available community resources in concert with the hospital’s behavioral health facilities and services. The collaboration provides numerous resources aimed at helping patients better manage their illnesses.

In 2020, Carroll Hospital began offering telehealth appointments for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. These consultations are with a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatrics.

Diabetes

At least one out of every three American adults has prediabetes. And most of them don’t even know it. In fact, research shows that a stunning 90 percent of all prediabetes patients don’t know they have the condition, largely because it presents no symptoms. (A glucose screening, typically performed in an annual check-up’s lab work, is often the only way to detect it.) Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. If unchecked, 15 to 30 percent of all cases will advance to Type 2 diabetes in five years. But with proper lifestyle changes, it’s often reversible.

The diabetes team at Carroll Hospital is determined to get the word out about prediabetes with a series of programs aimed at boosting awareness and prevention in the community. Prediabetes 101, is a free one-hour workshop in which participants learn what prediabetes is, how to get diagnosed and what they can do to reverse it.

As a result of the pandemic, diabetes education and classes went virtual in 2020 offering new ways for community members to access vital information on diabetes prevention and care.

In addition, a new endocrinologist will join the team at Carroll Health Group in March 2021, expanding the capacity to treat patients.

Cancer

The William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art treatment options; diagnostic testing; chemotherapy; radiation therapy (including high-dose rate brachytherapy); clinical trials and more. Patients have access to minimally invasive and reconstructive surgical procedures; educational/ support programs; the Center for Breast Health; health navigators; complementary health services; and a wellness boutique.

In May 2019, the cancer center began offering Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for patients with lung cancer. This leading-edge treatment allows for more precise, targeted radiation therapy and can be given in fewer daily sessions. SBRT often provides better outcomes and fewer side effects than conventional radiation therapy. In 2021, SBRT will expand to include cancer sites other than lungs.

A program of Sinai Hospital, the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center continues to grow unconstrained and provides superior cancer treatment and services locally to residents of Carroll County and surrounding communities.

Heart Health

Full-Service Cardiovascular Care, including elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and a comprehensive stroke program

At Carroll Hospital, we are dedicated to protecting our community members’ total heart and vascular health. We’ve expanded our award-winning cardiovascular program to bring individuals more services than ever before and will continue to focus on providing high quality care that saves lives and improves outcomes.

In 2019, Carroll Hospital was recertified as a primary stroke center, which means that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel transport patients who have stroke symptoms to Carroll Hospital for treatment when the hospital is the closest Primary Stroke Center in the area.

The Stroke program also was honored with the 2020 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

 

For a previous update, click to read the 2019 Progress Report