Open Enrollment Begins This Month

Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits starts this month. This is your opportunity to choose benefits for you and your family. From October 28 through November 18, you will have the option to review your current benefit selections and determine which coverage best meets your needs for 2020. You may enroll in medical, dental and vision plans; flexible spending accounts; supplemental life insurance; supplemental accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; dependent life coverage; legal resources; and voluntary benefits during Open Enrollment.

Enrollment Process
Associates must enroll online at myHR, where they have access to an updated enrollment site with a new look and feel, as well as features to help them choose the right level of coverage and covered dependents. If associates want to keep their current benefits for 2019, they do not need to enroll online. All 2019 benefit selections and enrolled dependents will roll over to 2020, except for Flexible Spending Account elections. Associates must enroll each year to participate in these accounts.

An important step in the Annual Enrollment process is learning about the many benefit options available to you. One way to accomplish this is by attending an upcoming in-person Benefits Fair or virtual Benefits Information Session.

During these scheduled events, associates may:

  • Interact with MedStar's benefit providers to ask specific questions and obtain more detailed plan information.
  • Hear what's new for 2020
  • Ask questions to our benefits experts

Looking for more information about the total rewards package offered to you and your dependents? Take some time to attend a benefits fair and learn more. The full schedule of fairs is available here.

Flu Vaccinations Protect Patients, Save Lives

At MedStar Health, patient safety is our highest priority. The most effective way to reduce the risk of contracting influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated. Even if you received a vaccination last season, immunity decreases over time, and therefore you must be vaccinated on an annual basis.

Vaccination of associates reduces the risk of transmitting the flu virus to patients, since healthcare workers are frequently linked as the source of flu in healthcare settings. You could have no flu symptoms and still be a carrier, and unknowingly spread it to patients, fellow co-workers, visitors, and your family.

All MedStar associates, affiliated physicians, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors are required to receive the influenza vaccination by December 4. If you are unable to receive vaccination due to medical contraindications and/or religious exemptions, you must submit an Influenza Vaccination Exemption Form by the October 31 deadline. To obtain an Influenza Vaccination Exemption Form, or more information about influenza vaccinations visit

MedStar is committed to making the influenza vaccine as accessible to you as possible. Obtain your free flu vaccination from:

  • All Occupational Health offices across the system
  • Unit rounds in high-volume patient care areas
  • Peer immunizers
  • Clinics scheduled at various sites
  • MedStar PromptCare locations

Note: A valid MedStar ID must be presented in order to receive a free flu vaccination.
PromptCare offices will submit documentation to Occupational Health.

 For more information about obtaining a flu vaccination, visit an Occupational Health office or go to

MedStar Health and Georgetown University Partnership Brings New Educational Opportunities for Associates

MedStar Health strives to provide associates with the tools and learning opportunities to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare industry. To accomplish this, associates are encouraged to take advantage of MedStar’s Educational Assistance program and unique partnerships with local universities and colleges, including Georgetown University. 

The Georgetown University’s Executive Masters and Certificate programs address the growing need for sustainable improvements in patient safety and quality education. Through these valuable opportunities, students learn from national experts who have shaped the patient safety and quality landscape, and collaborate with other learners within the healthcare industry.

Executive Masters Program in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership

  • Immerse yourself in advanced theory and concepts of healthcare quality, patient safety science, and organizational leadership
  • 16-month online program, with a four-day onsite networking opportunity held at Georgetown University in D.C.
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment available

Executive Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality

  • Practice fundamental concepts of systems-thinking, improvement science, and data collection, organization, and analyses
  • Six-month online certificate

Executive Certificate in Healthcare Safety and Leadership

  • Gain insight on how to become a leader in an ever-changing healthcare system
  • Six-month online certificate 

Learn more about the programs and apply online

Note: Participation in Georgetown University’s Executive Masters and Certificate programs may be eligible for Educational Assistance. Refer to your entity’s policy for more information.

New myHR Login Process

We heard your feedback! Committed to ensuring an optimal user experience, myHR is revising its external login process. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, associates who visit will login using their MedStar Network Credentials, eliminating the New User Registration process and separately managed passwords.

When visiting, associates will note a new login screen.

  1. Select “Current Associate”
  2. When prompted, enter your MedStar Network Credentials
  3. Click “Sign In”

As a reminder, your MedStar Network Credentials are the same as those you use daily to log into your work computer, access PeopleSoft, and/or clock in through MedStar MyTime. Previously registered myHR passwords are no longer valid. Please note, access from StarPort is not affected.

For detailed login instructions, please click here. Associates requiring assistance with their MedStar Network Credentials, including password resets, should contact the IS Help Desk at 877-777-8787. For navigation and additional myHR support, the HR Solution Center is available to assist at 855-674-myHR (6947).

Recognizing Allison Selman-Lovell for Her MedStar SPIRIT

Allison Selman-Lovell was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2019 at a presentation at University Town Center (UTC) offices. Allison is the Program Lead for Research & Education Initiatives for MedStar Health Research Institute. Nominated by Eva Hochberger, Manager, Research Development, Planning and Communications, the award was presented by Neil Weissman, Chief Science Officer, MedStar Health and President, MedStar Health Research Institute.

Jamie Padmore, Vice President Academic Affairs, MedStar Health, has been working with Allison for years and said, “I knew right away I needed to latch on to her.  It’s not about what you do but who you are.” Allison was recognized for her outstanding spirit to her colleagues and anyone she comes across at MedStar and Georgetown.  Everyone had such wonderful remarks to say about Allison:

  • She’s such a great team player and treats everyone, from medical students to PIs to senior leadership, with natural integrity that is focused on solving problems.”
  • Allison is one of MHRI’s greatest assets”
  • Allison works so hard for our faculty and learners to make sure that their educational programs are of the highest quality, thus contributing to the ongoing education of our superb faculty.”
  • She provides exceptional service, ensuring each interaction with faculty, scholars, and collaborators is positive and effective.”

Allison’s dedication and reliability are unmatched. We’re so fortunate to celebrate Allison for this award.  She’s more than deserving!

The SPIRIT Award is given to recognize and reward one associate (management or non-management) each quarter, who excels in Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. Nomination submissions for the third quarter of 2017 are due by August 15. Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact [email protected].

Walking & Running Forward for Research

Mark your calendars now to connect with other MHRI and MedStar associates by participating in one of these upcoming events to support the health of our communities.

Race to Beat Cancer

Saturday, September 14

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, is proud to host the 39th annual Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, Race to Beat Cancer 5K. This charitable event is one of the premier 5K races in Washington, DC. All of the proceeds from this event are donated to the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and cancer research.

Money raised from last year’s race helped fund these research projects:

  • An algorithm for physicians to better follow cancer survivors, with the goal of both predicting and preventing cardiac complications after cancer treatment
  • Evaluating markers in the blood that could predict the development of secondary cancers, coronary artery disease, and dementia in cancer survivors
  • Improving supportive care in preventing hair loss in black women undergoing chemotherapy
  • Supporting other ongoing clinical trials in early-stage breast cancer, advanced colorectal cancer, advanced prostate cancer, and early stage bladder cancer 

Race packet pick-up will ONLY be Friday, September 13, 2019 from 1PM - 7PM at Pacers Running 14th St and from 1PM - 7PM at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC located at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
Check-In: 7:00 am
Starts: 8:00 am
Length of Walk/Run: 5K

To learn more and register, visit


2019 Step Out: Washington, DC

Saturday, September 21

Participating in the Step Out Walk is an experience you will never forget. You will be joining your community members along the beautiful route who share your passion to fight diabetes. You will be helping people in your own community who live with this disease every day. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers to walk with thousands of people from across the country and help us change the future of diabetes. This walk is hosted by the American Diabetes Association

The MedStar Diabetes Institute has formed a walk team which can be joined here.

Where: Washington Monument Grounds, Washington, DC
Check-In: 8:00 am
Event starts: 9:30 am
Learn more about the walk here.


Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel

Sunday, September 22

Help support the Adaptive Sports Programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and participate in the Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel in Tysons Corner, VA. This race is open to all able-bodied and disabled athletes who can run, walk or roll through the course. All proceeds benefit Adaptive Sports Programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, which helps children and adults with physical disabilities to pursue healthy, active lifestyles through recreational and competitive sports.

Where: Tysons Sport & Health
Check-In: 7:00 am
Event starts: 9:00 am
Length of Walk: 5K
Learn more and register at


2019 Step Out: Baltimore, MD

Sunday, October 6

The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes gives everyone in our community a chance to gather together to raise funds for diabetes research, advocacy, and education. Dollars raised through Step Out help to support those affected by diabetes in Maryland, and beyond. When you register for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, you become a part of the American Diabetes Association’s team. Joining you will be thousands of participants from around the country who come together and directly impact the lives of people facing the daily challenges of diabetes. This walk is hosted by the American Diabetes Association

Where: Canton Waterfront, Baltimore, MD
Event starts: TBD
Length of Walk 3.15 mile walk
Learn more here.


2019 Greater Washington Heart Walk

Saturday, November 2

Hosted by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, this event includes 1- and 3-mile routes. Join walkers from across our community as they step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause.

Where: The National Mall, Washington, DC
Check-In: 8:30 am
Event starts: 10:00 am
Length of Walk: 1-mile or 3-mile walk
Learn more on the website.

Honoring SPIRIT at MHRI: The Ryan White Team

The Ryan White Team was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the first quarter of 2019 during a presentation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Ryan White Team includes David Gaviria, Chizoba Anako, Allison Daly, Antonio Pineda, Edith Sowe, and Corten Yarbrough. Nominated by Ron Migues, MD, Executive Director, MedStar Medical and Surgical Research Network, the award was presented by Dr. Weissman, Chief Scientific Officer of MedStar Health, President of MedStar Health Research Institute.

The Ryan White Team was recognized for their outstanding medical care, case management, social work and peer navigator services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. This team may encounter several issues and roadblocks daily, but their Patient First mindset ensures that patients are cared for in the way they are accustomed.

This is the first time that the SPIRIT Award was presented to a team of MHRI associates. “When I went to fill out the nomination,” said Migues, “I couldn’t imagine picking one associate from the team. They work so cohesively and effectively together.”

At the presentation, other colleagues spoke up on the SPIRIT that the team embodies:

  • “Their efforts don’t go unnoticed, patients remember them at the end of the day.”
  • “Each has their own strengths and add to the team to be able to work together”
  • “These patients rely on their physicians to take care of them medically, but they could not make it happen without the support and dedication of this team”

There are many great things that can be said about the Ryan White Team. We’re lucky to have such a wonderful group of associates that work well together and continuously advance health through research.

The SPIRIT Award is given to recognize and reward one associate (management or non-management) each quarter, who excels in Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. Nominations for the third quarter of 2019 are due by August 15. Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact [email protected].

Recapping Our Spring Town Halls

The month of June brought together MedStar Health Research Institute associates at three locations for our biannual town halls. Hosted at University Town Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the town halls help to engage and connect associates. Thank you to all the Research Institute associates who were able to join us at one of the Spring Town Halls in the last month.

Thank you to Amy Loveland, Osirelis Sanchez, and Becky Montalvo for presenting our safety moment involving an ongoing research study led by Nawar Shara. It was a great example of how technology is being used in research and what steps our study teams are taking to protect patients who participate.

The main portion of the Spring 2019 Town Halls was presented by Neil J. Weissman, focusing on the results of the 2019 Associate Engagement Survey. MHRI surpassed our participation goal of 80%, with close to 90% of MHRI associates participating in the survey. The survey looked at 9 key areas: Patient First, Career Development and Training, Communications, Leadership and Direction, Performance Management, Total Rewards, Engagement, Supervision and Teamwork. Overall, we improved in six areas, stayed the same in two and declined in one area.

At the manager’s meeting in May, the results of the survey were reviewed in detail along with every written comment provided by associates. Managers discussed opportunities for change and feedback will be incorporated into the MHRI operational goals and plans for the next fiscal year.

During town halls, the interactive Sli.Do tool was used to ask associates specific questions and receive answers in real time. Associates were asked what can be improved in our Communication efforts and what are some areas of opportunity for Career Development and Training. You can view the submissions to Sli.Do from the Spring Town Halls here.

Mary Anne Hinkson provided leadership updates. We would like to welcome Grant Gonzalez (Director of Finance), Shawana Jackson (SCA Director for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine), and James Boscoe (Director of ORI) to MedStar Health Research Institute and joining us in Advancing Health Through Research.

Eva Hochberger introduced new professional development tools developed by the Associate Engagement Committee. You can access these resources for Professional Development on StarPort. It's also linked on the MHRI StarPort landing page under the Associates Engagement links.

Also, the IS Self-Service Portal is available through StarPort as an alternative way of accessing our IS Helpdesk. Select SOM from the drop-down menu when you log in to access it. As a reminder, please be safe and secure when you are checking your email. For more information on phishing emails, check out these IS resources.

Research would not be possible without our associates and without the patients who participate. Thank you to those who allow us to make the lives of our patients better today and in the future.

Mandatory SITEL Training Must Be Completed by June 30

All MedStar associates are required to complete annual mandatory training SITEL by June 30th. Please ensure that you have completed this training by the deadline of June 30, 2019.

Our compliance with this requirement as an entity will be reported to senior leadership. The expectation is that MHRI will have 100% of the associates complete these requirements in a timely manner. This includes all as-needed associates and volunteers.

If you do not complete them by June 30, 2019, the modules will close and you will not have the opportunity to complete them after that date. These compliance training modules are in addition to the other required training modules found on SiTELMS. All modules must be completed by the end of the fiscal year.

To access your mandatory courses:

  1. Log into SiTEL at
  2. Navigate to the left panel
  3. Click on “My Curriculum” under the Learning Center
  4. Launch and complete each course listed

To ensure you are fully compliant, please complete the training prior to June 30. If you experience any difficulty, contact the SiTEL Help Desk at 1-877-748-3567.

NEW! Information Services Introduces Self Service Portal

MedStar Information Services is now offering a Self Service Portal, including Service Desk chat functionality. The IT/IS Self Service Portal is now available for use by MHRI associates.

The Self-Service Portal serves as an addition to the current IS Helpdesk. It offers the ability to track requests made within the portal, efficient options for smaller issues, and may be a faster route to have some items addressed. The current process does not change; this is an additional path to making a phone call, sending an email, or relying on IS to enter an issue.

The portal can be used for the following:

  • Submit an incident ticket for your IT/IS issue under Something Broken.
  • Submit a request ticket for something new under Make a Request or at the bottom of the screen. The most frequently used items are listed. You can see all items under each category.
  • Check Status of your ticket. You will see all tickets that have been submitted in your name.
  • Search Knowledge base for an answer to your IT/IS question.
  • Chat with the Service Desk – on the far right of the screen under Contact Us. You will be able to chat with the Service Desk online.

Please see here for details on how to access the new portal: Login Instructions