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 https://runsignup.com/Race/DC/Washington/RacetoBeatCancer5K


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

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 SuperH5K.com.


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 sitelms.org
  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

Celebrating Nurses at MedStar Health and the Research Institute

Join us at MedStar Health Research Institute in recognizing the work of our nurses during National Nurses Week, from May 6 to 12, 2019. We want to celebrate and thank nurses throughout our system for their commitment to patient and associate care and wellness.

The American Nurses Association has designated this year’s theme as “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate”. National Nurses Week is a time for individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders and nurses to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Nurses are everywhere we live, work, play, learn, and worship, and in every health care setting providing care to millions of people. In fact, about 1 in every 100 Americans is a registered nurse.

At the Research Institute, we want to recognize our nurses’ contributions as valued and respected members of the research team. They truly focus on the participants in our research as the whole person, inspiring participation, innovating new approaches, and influencing our patients to take better care of their health. They directly contribute to our research experience and ensures quality outcomes.

May 12 is celebrated as “International Nurse Day”, as designated by the International Council of Nurses in 1974 to honor the birthday of Florence Nightingale, commonly considered the founder of modern nursing and nursing research.

During National Nurses Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to all our clinical research nurses, and all nurses in the MedStar Health system, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. They are critical in helping provide the best care to our community and are dedicated to advancing health.

Online Executive Masters and Certificate Programs in Quality and Safety

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.

Professional Development Learning Opportunities for 2019

Organized by the Department of Continuing Professional Education, MedStar Health is offering a variety of CE conferences this spring that provide an opportunity to gain knowledge of new treatments and techniques and network with leaders in the field through interactive case studies and presentations. MedStar associates may earn CE credits and discounted registration is available. For more information and to stay up to date, please visit medstar.cloud-cme.com.

2019 Comprehensive Stroke Symposium: A New Era of Acute Stroke Care - May 3-4
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Rockville, MD
Course Co-Directors: Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD; Rocco A. Armonda, MD
*NEW! MedStar Associates save 50% on registration with promo code: STROKEMS

Frontline Cardiology 2019: Cardiovascular Care in the Community - May 18
College Park Marriott
Course Directors: Caroline I. Valdiviezo, MD; Allen J. Taylor, MD; Sriram Padmanabhan, MD; Course Co-Director: James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: FC2019MS.

Updates in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2019 - May 4
Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner
Course Directors: Nidhi Malhotra, MD; Mark C. Mattar, MD
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: IBDM

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction - June 6-8
Grand Hyatt Washington, DC
Conference Chair: Parag Bhanot, MD; 
Course Directors: Karen Kim Evans, MD; Jeffrey E. Janis, MD; William H. Hope, MD
MedStar Associates pay $100 with code: AWR100

Mid-Atlantic Ovarian Cancer Symposium 2019 - June 15
Bethesda Marriott
Course Directors: Paul Sugarbaker, MD; Lana Bijelic, MD; Louis A. Dainty, MD

FALL 2019

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute Symposium 2019 – September 14
Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Course Directors: Thomas M. Fishbein, MD; Basit Javaid, MD, MS; Rohit S. Satoskar, MD; Matthew Cooper, MD; Stuart S. Kaufman, MD

SAVE THE DATE (Registration Coming Soon)

Gastric and Soft Tissue Neoplasms 2019
September 21; Park Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2019 – October 4-5
Bethesda Marriott
Course Directors: Anitha S. John, MD, PhD; Melissa H. Fries, MD

Autoimmune Disorders of the Brain: Beyond PANDAS/PANS –  October 5
Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC
Course Directors: Earl H. Harly, MD; Heidi J. Appel, MD; M. Elizabeth Latimer, MD

Gastroenterology for the Primary Care Provider 2019 – October 12
Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
Course Directors: James H. Lewis, MD; Caren S. Palese, MD
Course Co-Directors: Nadim G. Haddad, MD; James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH

For more information and to stay up to date, please visit MedStar.Cloud-CME.com

Honoring SPIRIT at MHRI: Deliya Wesley

Deliya Wesley was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2018 at a presentation at University Town Center (UTC) offices. Deliya is the Research Scientist for Health Equity at MedStar Health Research Institute. Nominated by Angela Thomas, DrPH, MPH, MBA, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare Delivery Research at MHRI, the award was presented by Mary Anne Hinkson, Vice President of Research Operations.

Deliya was recognized for her commitment to the organization and her tremendous leadership. Deliya’s dedication goes beyond writing proposals, managing contracts, leading projects, collaborating with others, and writing publications. She is a great team player and treats all of her colleagues with integrity and respect.

“Deliya’s ability to integrate quickly and effectively into any team, promote the value of her research, and contribute significantly ultimately led to her receiving a contract from AHRQ that’s over $1M and includes collaborators from Georgetown University, Sports Medicine, Human Factors, and many others!”

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 second quarter of 2019 are due by May 15. Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact [email protected]

MHRI Goes Red for Heart Health

Every February at MHRI, we celebrate “Heart Healthy” and take the time to “Go Red!” for heart health. The MHRI Associate Engagement Committee invited associates to wear red in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) fight against heart disease in February. From February 2 until February 20, associates gathered together to show their commitment to heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At MedStar Health Research Institute, many of our research efforts are designed to improve quality of life for heart patients. Chances are we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke because about 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s an average of one death every forty seconds.

As we have for the last seven years, we accepted submissions for a photo challenge! Associates showed off in their red outfits and team spirit. View all the photo submissions from MHRI teams below. Thank you to all who took the time to participate. Winners will be announced in an upcoming edition of Important Things to Know for all MHRI associates.

Thank you to all who showed their support for this important cause!

Take the time to take care of your heart. You can learn more about taking care of your heart health from the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute:

On behalf of the MHRI Associate Engagement Committee, take care of your heart!