2019 Report to the Community.
Our commitment to advancing community health.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Serving our communities is at the heart of what we do, each and every day. At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients across our 10 hospitals, ambulatory and urgent care locations, and through telehealth and home care services. Our commitment to advancing health doesn’t end once a patient leaves our care. Thanks to technological advancements, enhanced access options and new approaches to the care experience, we continue evolving the myriad ways we serve our communities.

Through a comprehensive approach to health and wellness, we strive to enhance health outcomes through better care that emphasizes prevention, builds awareness and fosters independence—especially in underserved communities adversely impacted by disease, health disparities and socioeconomic barriers to optimal health. Community education and partnerships remain critical to achieving this goal.

The 2019 Report to the Community highlights components of our journey to advance health through a population health lens, including an emergency preparedness program that creates a community of first responders, as well as an initiative that helps patients in rural areas secure reliable transportation to their medical appointments. A mobile app for expectant mothers provides valuable education and resources, and perhaps most importantly—peace of mind—between regular appointments. Through several wellness initiatives, including a healthy cooking course and home-based care for chronic illnesses, patients gain the tools and confidence to take control of their own health and wellness.

It is our ongoing privilege to serve the communities in which we live and work. Supporting a stronger, healthier community goes hand in hand with our mission, but more simply—It’s how we treat people.


Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE

Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and CEO

Stephen R.T. Evans, MD

Stephen R.T. Evans, MD
Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Stories of Our Work in the Community

Throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Health works with communities to increase healthcare access and provide education. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of all residents as we serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities.

Developing a Community of Immediate Responders
MedStar Health is creating a community of immediate responders through the Stop the Bleed program by teaching community members how to recognize and stop severe bleeding in any emergency situation.
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Delivering Access to Foods that Promote Better Health
Through the Food is Medicine–Harvest RX program, MedStar Health is combating food insecurity in Baltimore City.
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Helping Expectant Mothers Stay Connected and Informed
MedStar Health is partnering with BabyScripts to help guide patients throughout their pregnancies with information and resources tailored specifically to them.
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Helping Seniors Stay in Control of their Health
MedStar Health is using telehealth technology to monitor vital signs and prevent unnecessary emergency department visits and hospital stays among low income adults over age 60 through the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS) program.
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Improving Access to Care by Providing ‘Wheels to Wellness’
MedStar Health is helping patients secure reliable transportation to and from medical appointments at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital through the Wheels to Wellness program.
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Using Food as Medicine to Combat Chronic Illness
MedStar Health is teaching patients culinary and lifestyle skills to promote better health and help control cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
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Helping Patients Manage Chronic Illness at Home
MedStar Health is helping patients with chronic conditions, such as heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, and diabetes manage their health in their own homes.
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Supporting Patients with Increased Risk for Cancer
MedStar Health is bringing together a team of cancer specialists and genetic counselors to assess patients’ risk of developing cancer and other inherited diseases and create a prevention plan.
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Mentoring the Next Generation of Human Factors Experts
MedStar Health is offering year-round mentoring opportunities for students seeking hands-on experience and education in the field of human factors.
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Educating the Community about a Life-Threatening Condition
MedStar Health is raising awareness about sepsis signs and symptoms through the Sepsis Collaborative.
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2019 Community benefit contribution: $374.1M

Each year, MedStar Health contributes more than $300 million in community benefit services to improve the health of our communities. Community benefit services are programs or activities that provide treatment or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. From delivering community health improvement programs to providing care for those who cannot afford to pay, conducting research to advance health and educating the next generation of health professionals, MedStar Health is dedicated to meeting community needs.

2019 Community benefit contribution pie chart breakdown

*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
(Vice Chair)
President and Chief Executive Officer,
United Way of the National Capital Area
Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Alabama State University (Retired)
Anthony J. Buzzelli
Vice Chairman,
Deloitte (Retired)
William Couper
MidAtlantic - Bank of America (Retired)
Leigh Ann Curl, MD
Chief of Orthopaedics,
MedStar Harbor Hospital
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
Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Danaher Corporation
Christopher G. Kalhorn, MD, FACS, FAANS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Epilepsy Surgery,
Functional Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Vincent J. Martorana, DPM
Section Chief, Podiatric Surgery,
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, FACP (Past Chair)
Executive Vice President,
Science & Quality, Education and Publications, American College of Cardiology, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Robert B. Ourisman
of Ourisman Automotive
Gregory S. Proctor, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
G.S. Proctor & Associates, Inc.
Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer,
MedStar Health
Gary H. Tabach
Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner,
Deloitte (Retired)
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 CEO
Michael J. Curran
Executive Vice President
and Chief Administrative Officer
M. Joy Drass, MD
Executive Vice Presiden
and Chief Operating Officer
Susan Eckert, RN
Senior Vice President
and Chief Nursing 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
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