2021 Gala Experience
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital provides state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient, and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Our non-profit facility does not answer to shareholders; we depend on—and answer to—the communities we serve. And we need your support more than ever.
Through the challenges of COVID-19, our healthcare workers continue to care for patients with experienced hands and compassionate hearts. We keep growing, learning, and adapting to meet the needs of our community. This year, proceeds from the 2021 Gala Experience will benefit the expansion of our surgical program (see below).
Our annual black-tie gala is a highlight for our hospital and community alike—but with the continuing challenges of the pandemic, an in-person fundraiser cannot be safely held this fall. We hope to reunite in 2022!
This year’s proceeds will benefit the expansion of the surgical program at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital—specifically the acquisition and installation of the da Vinci Surgical System, bringing powerful robotic-assisted surgery to St. Mary’s. Offering this technology close to home brings a wealth of benefits to patients.
While our largest equipment needs are being funded by our hospital and MedStar Health, additional components are needed to equip our staff with the tools and space to make these advances successful. Donations from this year’s event will benefit operating room renovations to accommodate a new workflow, plus a wide variety of important accessories for robotic-assisted procedures.
James Small III, MD, MEd
"A robotic-assisted surgery has many advantages. One of those is patient recovery, which is much shorter and far less complicated. Also, more difficult surgeries can be done in a less invasive manner. patient satisfactions is also statistically much higher with minimally invasive surgeries-culminative in a win-win situation overall for the patient and provider. The da Vinci robot coming to a hospital like MedStar St. Mary's really pushes the hospital to the edges of technological advancement. This new technology puts us in line with some of the top hospitals in the country, and brings amazing capabilities to the local community."
"Robotic surgery provides surgeons precision, flexibility, and control to perform many types of procedures. compared to traditional open surgery, robotic surgery has all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery: less pain with faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, a better cosmetic outcome, and overall an earlier return to day-to-day activities and work. The additional of the da Vinci Surgical System at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital provides patients and surgeons access to evolving and futuristic surgical technology. Robotics will enhance surgical capabilities in the fields of surgical oncology, urology, general surgery, and gynecology."
Thank you to our 2021 sponsors
Presenting - $25,000
James & Coleen Damalouji
Tom Clark & Paige Painter
Jessica & Mike Meisel
Lea & Art Weaver
Suburban Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
John & Josephine Harvey
Holly & Steve Meyer
Alfred S. Mattingly
Dr. & Mrs. David C. Allen
Pam & J. Scott Ridgell
Joe & Mary Lynn Stone
Dawn & Nicholas Yeitrakis
Congratulations to our raffle winners!