Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The family of Dr. Ted Houk, who suffered serious injuries after he was hit by an SUV Thursday morning in Towson, is providing online updates on the internist's condition.
The family of Dr. Ted Houk, who was struck by an SUV in Towson Thursday morning, says things are looking up for the Lutherville internist. Updates on the doctor, who is well-known for his long runs to and from work, are available online on the CaringBridge website. The most recent entry from the family indicates that Houk, who has a private practice in Towson and also sees patients at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, has made significant progress since the accident. "Ted was very talkative today. It wasn't always easy to understand him, but he worked very hard to communicate. He told us many times that he wanted to go home, and we explained that he had a bit of healing to do, but he would come home after that. When a friend told him, "I …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Houk, an internist, was struck by an SUV Thursday while jogging to work—an activity for which he gained local recognition.
Dr. Ted Houk, well-known for his daily runs to work, is in better health after a Thursday SUV accident left the internist with severe injuries. Houk, 50, of the 1700 block of Kurtz Avenue in Lutherville, was listed in critical condition following the accident, but has since been upgraded to serious condition, said Karen Warmkessel, a R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center spokeswoman. Houk was flown to shock trauma—where he remained Monday—after he was struck by 2005 Toyota Rav4 driven by a 65-year-old woman, Baltimore County Police said. Police said Houk, who was traveling southbound on N. Charles Street, jogged into the traffic lane, in front of the vehicle. Colleagues worried about Houk's condition following the accident. He has a private …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Ted Houk, an internist who achieved local notoriety for his daily runs to work, was struck by a minivan in Towson Monday morning.
Dr. Ted Houk, a well-known fixture on York Road and Charles Street who was severely injured after he was struck by a minivan Thursday, was praised admirably by his colleagues. "He's a very pleasant, caring person, and that's what would come out every time we talked," said Neal Friedlander, chair of the hospital's department of medicine. Houk, 50, of the 1700 block of Kurtz Avenue, was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma from an area near N. Charles Street and Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore County said. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 8:12 a.m. Thursday. Police said he is listed in critical condition. Alyce Farrar, an employee at Houk's office, said she was shocked when she learned of his accident. "I was devastated by the news…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Olivia was the most popular girl name and William secured the top spot for boys at the Towson hospital.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center has just released the top names for babies born in the Towson hospital in 2012, which includes old time favorites and some surprises. Olivia and William topped the lists for girls and boys respectively with 35 births apiece, according to a news release. This is the third consecutive year for Olivia—fourth overall—and William previously claimed the top spot in 2008 and 2009. Harper, Lily, Lillian and Riley cracked the girls' list for the first time this year, and Blake, Caleb, Henry and Wyatt did the same for the boys' list. A total of 4,057 infants were born in 2012 at GBMC, the release states. Here's the full list of top names: Girls Boys
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Patients are advised to expect longer wait times at local hospitals.
Baltimore metro hospitals are seeing a notable uptick in the number of patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Dr. Jeff Sternlicht, chairman of emergency medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, said the emergency room at the Towson hospital is having its most hectic season since the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009. "It's definitely more widespread than it has been in recent years," Sternlicht said. Greater Baltimore Medical Center emergency medicine team has treated an average of approximately 30 patients a day throughout the month of December, according to figures provided by hospital officials. Sternlicht noted that there isn't a specific cause directly contributing to the spike in cases. "It's the nature of the illness—some years are …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Mason Ivy Janiya Ludd was born at 1:29 a.m. New Year's Day.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center celebrated the birth of its first baby of the New Year at 1:29 a.m., just more than an hour after the first Baltimore area baby was born. Mason Ivy Janiya Ludd is the first child for Masonita Robinson, a Woodlawn resident. Mason weighed in at eight pounds, 13 ounces. "I'm so excited," she said. "I had prayed she'd be born on New Year's Day." Robinson said her due date was initially slated for Dec. 27, 2012. She started dilating during a follow-up appointment and labor was induced. Robinson said both she and Mason are in good health. Greater Baltimore Medical Center delivers more than 4,000 babies a year, said Michael Schwartzberg, a spokesman for the Towson hospital, in an email. Scott Michael claimed the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Officials created the exercise in response to increased violence at hospitals across the country.
As violence at hospitals increases nationwide, Greater Baltimore Medical Center employees are working to make sure they aren't caught off guard. On Thursday morning, the hospital's emergency management and clinical staff created a simulated scenario at a pandemic flu vaccine clinic that turned deadly, organizers said. In the scene, a father opens fire upon hearing the news that his child was not approved for a vaccine as a result of an existing illness. The drill provided first responders the opportunity to administer health care and manage a hostage situation involving casualties. "We have been seeing this sort of escalation of violence in health care," said Mike Forthman, GBMC's Vice President of Facilities and Support Services, which …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Hundreds are expected to run Sunday morning in the hospital's annual Father's Day 5K.
There are few better markers of good health than running a 5K. And over more than two decades of a Greater Baltimore Medical Center fundraiser, doctors and nurses in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit have seen more than a few of its tiniest patients grow up to run the three-plus miles themselves. "It's just tremendous for all of us on staff here because we care for them in most cases a very short period of time," said Dr. Howard Birenbaum, the hospital's director of neonatology. "And the ability to see what's happened to them and they've grown is just amazing for everyone who's involved in the care of those babies." Those former patients will be among more than 1,000 expected runners in GBMC's 23rd annual Father's Day 5K and …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Bridget Niedermeyer, 26, was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 4. Today, she helps cochlear implant patients as an intern at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
As she speaks to a patient in a soundproof room about the size of a walk-in closet, it's easy for Bridget Niedermeyer to imagine herself in exactly the same spot. Diagnosed with moderate hearing loss when she was 4, the Idlewylde resident endured years of speech therapy, hearing aids and, later, cochlear implants. Now 26, all those years of work led her down a promising career path. Niedermeyer, a Towson University doctoral student, is interning in the audiology department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, working specifically with cochlear implants. "The more I'm here, the more I love it," she said. It's hard not to see why. Niedermeyer's upbeat demeanor and unique experiences help put patients at ease, said Dr. Regina Presley, a …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Bauer family navigated the complicated pregnancy and birth with the help of Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.
Most parents think their newborns are special, but a Perry Hall couple has reason to believe their babies are more unusual than most. Nolan and Brooks Bauer, identical twin boys, are known as Monoamniotic-Monochorionic, or MoMo twins, a condition that occurs only once in every 10,000 births. What made the babies so rare was their shared placenta and shared sac, with no dividing membrane, according to Dr. Claire Weitz, a high-risk obstetrician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The fetuses were just one stage away from becoming conjoined twins. "Each baby didn't have its own space," Weitz said. "The reason you don't see a lot of MoMo twins is because the cords can knot and a lot of them don't make it." Weitz was one of several …