2017 Report to the Community
Our Commitment to Advancing Community Health
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Among MedStar Health’s greatest priorities is enhancing patient access to high quality care throughout our communities. With community support, we are expanding our hospitals, building new multi-specialty care locations, and have opened convenient MedStar Health Urgent Care locations to meet the urgent needs of our busy patients. Through technology and innovation, we are also bringing care to patients through telehealth and house call services for those who cannot travel to a care location.
Our goal is simple: Better care leads to better health, especially across our underserved communities affected by health disparities and socioeconomic barriers to optimal health. We believe improved access to care can help address the most pressing health conditions facing our community. However, community partnerships, new and alternative approaches to care delivery, and education and awareness are essential components of a robust pathway to better health.
The 2017 MedStar Health Report to the Community highlights the progress of this mission-driven journey, including evidence-based chronic disease management programs conducted in the community, population health management initiatives targeting high risk groups, including the elderly and those suffering from addiction, and work to advance health equity and cultural competency for all patients. These efforts support our vision to advance health for our patients, their families and the communities where we live, work and serve.
Thank you for your partnership as we navigate this journey to better health. With improved health comes enhanced possibilities for a stronger future, and a stronger community benefits all of us.
Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and CEO
MedStar Health

Stories of Our Work in the Community

Throughout the D.C. and Maryland region, MedStar Health works with communities to increase healthcare access and education. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of all residents.

Managing Chronic Conditions in the Community
MedStar Health is focusing on chronic disease prevention and management as a priority to improve health in the community.
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Providing Comprehensive Care in School Settings
MedStar is partnering with Roosevelt Senior High School to increase access to healthcare and improve wellness for adolescents.
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Physician Residents Committed to Community Care
Medical residents are learning to address social issues and various health needs for members in community settings.
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Helping Community Residents Breathe Easier
MedStar's Respiratory Wellness Program is providing D.C. residents with education, health screenings, and linkage to respiratory care.
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Changing the Course of Treatment for Expectant Mothers
MedStar is providing support to pregnant women and newborns who are affected by substance use disorders.
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A Collaborative Approach to Health Care
As part of the Nexus Montgomery, MedStar is working to reduce hospital readmission rates and improve coordination of health care.
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Providing Comprehensive Care for Aging Adults
The MedStar House Call Program provides patients over 65 years old with medical care and social services in their homes.
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Partnering to Reduce the Risk of Readmission
The Center for Successful Aging at MedStar aims to reduce hospital readmission by providing supportive care to older patients.
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Early Intervention is Key to Prevention
MedStar Family Choice is one of four managed care organizations in Maryland working to prevent diabetes for those at risk.
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2017 Community Benefit Contribution: $329.4M

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Each year, MedStar Health invests in the health of the community by providing more than a quarter of a billion dollars in community benefit. Services include teaching the next generation of health professionals, providing care for those who cannot afford to pay, delivering community health programs and services, and conducting research to advance health.

Photo of MedStar Associates Pie Chart: Health Professions Education: 141.1M (42.8%), Charity Care / Bad Debt: 109.2M (33.2%), Community Services: 71.6M (21.7%), Research: 6.8M (2.1%), VNA Losses: .8M (.2%)
*Includes subsidies, community health improvement services, community building activities, financial contributions and community benefit operations.
†Includes unfunded government-sponsored programs.

Board of Directors

Rosie Allen-Herring
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of the National Capital Area
Anthony J. Buzzelli
Vice Chairman
Deloitte (Retired)
William Couper
Retired President
MedAtlantic - Bank of America
James A. D'Orta, MD
IMC, Inc.
John J. DeGioia, PhD
Georgetown University
Marc N. Duber
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Bernstein Companies
Eben D. Finney, III
Brown Advisory, LLC
Mark T. Jensen
Bowie & Jensen, LLC
Christopher G. Kalhorn, MD, FACS, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Epilepsy Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Roberta M. Loker
Loan Officer
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.
Vincent J. Martorana, DPM
Section Chief, Podiatric Surgery
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, FACP
(Chair) Executive Vice President of Science, Education and Quality for American College of Cardiology and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Robert B. Ourisman
President of Ourisman Automotive
William R. Roberts (Past Chair)
President and Chief Executive Officer
WR Roberts Company
Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
MedStar Health
Allen J. Taylor, MD, FACC, FAHA
Chief of Cardiology
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center


Kenneth A Samet, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael J. Curran
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
M. Joy Drass, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Stephen R.T. Evans, MD
Executive Vice President
Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Oliver M. Johnson II
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Kevin P. Kowalski
Senior Vice President
Marketing and Strategy
Maureen McCausland, DNSc
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Jennie P. McConagha
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Susan K. Nelson
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Eric R. Wagner
Executive Vice President
Insurance and Diversified Operations
Loretta Young Walker
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
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