MedStar Health Proud of SPIRIT Award Recipient Allie Moses

Allie Moses was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award during the MHRI Virtual Town Hall.  Allie is the Manager of the Clinical Research Systems and Recruitment Center, Chair of the MHRI Wellness Committee, and Co-Chair of MedStar Research AIDE. The award was presented by Tina Stanger, Assistant Vice President of Research Administration.

Allie was recognized not only for the work she does as a superb manager day to day but also for leading the work of the Wellness Committee for MHRI along with the work she does with AIDE to change MHRI for the better. Allie is an awesome team player and we are thankful for her “willingness to step up, speak up, and lead.”

“I wanted to make sure you knew from my perspective how incredibly valuable and valued you are to MHRI—as a colleague, manager and leader,” said Deliya Wesley.

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 are based on submission to the MHRI Kudos program. Each quarter, the MHRI Executive Team will review the KUDOS submissions and select an associate or manager who best exemplifies all our SPIRIT values.

Research Institute Goes Red for Heart Health

Every February at MedStar Health Research Institute, we celebrate “Heart Healthy” and take the time to “Go Red!” for heart health. Associates were invited to wear red in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) fight against heart disease in February. Throughout the month, associates submitted photos with their teams to show their commitment to heart health. 

As we have for the last nine years, we accepted submissions for a photo challenge! Associates showed off in their red outfits and team spirit to show their commitment to heart health. View all the photo submissions from Research Institute teams below. 

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

 

 

 

 

Maureen McNulty is Awarded MedStar Health Nursing Impact Award

Maureen McNulty, RN, Compliance Assurance Associate was awarded the MedStar Health Nursing Impact Award for MedStar Health for the second quarter of 2020. This award honors nurses who have led efforts at process improvement or practice development through their role as representatives to MedStar Health Nursing committees and councils at each entity.  Maureen was presented with the award at the quarterly nursing leadership meeting on behalf of the MedStar Health Nursing Leadership by Joan K. Bardsley, Assistant Vice President, Research and Nursing Integration, MedStar Health Research Institute.

The Impact Award recognizes a nurse who makes an effort to communicate and implement MedStar Health nursing goals at their entity, including reduction in unit or service line Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries or Falls, achieving Magnet designation, contributing to or supporting research, focus on quality and safety or improvement in continuity of care index.

Maureen has been an expert resource in assessing and ensuring quality and safety for research and regulatory compliance in all areas of research with audits, trainings, and support of investigator-initiated trials during her time with the Research Institute. Throughout the pandemic, Maureen has volunteered to work with Occupational Health to support the need for screening, disposition of results and plan of care for associates affected by COVID-19. In this role, Maureen has identified areas of process improvement opportunities for Occupational Health and continues to ensure that the voices of the associates are heard, particularly in the area of quality improvement.

Joan Bardsley said, “I strongly believe Maureen has made a local and system wide impact on both quality of research and the health of our associates. Her knowledge, adaptability and approachability are attributes that support her effectiveness and contributions to MedStar Health.”

Congratulations to Maureen on receiving this important award for her continued dedication to MedStar Health, our patients, and our associates.






MedStar Health Proud of SPIRIT Award Recipient Eva Hochberger

For the third quarter of 2020, we awarded two individuals with the SPIRIT Award for the first time in one quarter, Eva Hochberger and Keith Moyer. Eva Hochberger was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2020 during the MHRI Virtual Town Hall. Eva is the Communications & Planning Manager for the Office of Research Development, Planning and Communications at MedStar Health Research Institute. The award was presented by Neil Weissman, President of MedStar Health Research Institute and Chief Science Officer of MedStar Health.

Eva was recognized for how incredibly important her role is to all of us at MedStar Health Research Institute. Becky Montalvo, Executive Director of Scientific Core Services shared how appreciative she is in Eva’s timely follow-up to our MHRI Virtual Town Halls. “I want to compliment you on your organizational style, informational writing, and use of sharp graphics to convey information with clarity. I love the look – how professional it is, and how timely you are providing this important information for MHRI. Kudos!”, said Becky.   Eva ensures that she gathers information that people need, adheres to when you need it and chooses the best way to share it with you.

On a personal note, Neil Weissman shared that Eva is a “warm hearted person who cares about all of you and wants to do what will make your life better. Eva, thank you for everything you do. Congratulations!”

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 are based on submission to the MHRI Kudos program. Each quarter, the MHRI Executive Team will review the KUDOS submissions and select an associate or manager who best exemplifies all our SPIRIT values.





MedStar Health Proud of SPIRIT Award Recipient Keith Moyer

For the third quarter of 2020, we awarded two individuals with the SPIRIT Award for the first time in one quarter, Keith Moyer and Eva Hochberger. Keith Moyer was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2020 during the MHRI Virtual Town Hall. Keith is a regulatory affairs coordinator for the Baltimore Cardiology Research team. Nominated by Colleen Kelly, CCRC, CIM, Clinical Trials Manager and the Baltimore Cardiology Team, the award was presented by Tina Stanger, Assistant Vice President of Research Administration.

Keith was recognized for being selfless and embodying a teamwork spirit. The Baltimore Cardiology team showed their appreciation and are glad to have Keith on their team.

“Keith is the true definition of team player. He makes selfless contributions to the team. Helping other people without asking in return is a special quality that Keith consistently demonstrates, and I am sincerely grateful to have him on our Baltimore Cardiology team”, said Collen Kelly.

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 are based on submission to the MHRI Kudos program. Each quarter, the MHRI Executive Team will review the KUDOS submissions and select an associate or manager who best exemplifies all our SPIRIT values.





The Time is Now. Enroll in Your Benefits.

Annual Enrollment is the time to assess your healthcare options for next year and select the coverage that best meets your needs. You have until Nov. 16 to make your selections during 2021 Annual Enrollment. Visit myHR from StarPort or myHRMedStar.net from any computer or mobile device.

If you wish to keep your current benefits coverage for 2021, you do not need to enroll online. Your 2020 benefit selections and eligible dependents will roll over to 2021, except for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)—you must enroll each year to participate.

FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to use for out-of-pocket expenses, such as eligible medical, dental and vision costs, as well as child care and adult day care services.

Contact the HR Solution Center at 855-674-myHR (6947), select option 4, for questions about your benefits offerings.


Save $360 on your medical premium

Complete the MyHealth Questionnaire at MedStarMyHealth.org by Nov. 30 and save approximately $360 a year on your MedStar Select or CareFirst medical premium for 2021.

Honoring SPIRIT at MHRI

Grant Gonzalez was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award during the MHRI Virtual Town Hall.  Grant is the Director of Finance Operations for the Office of Financial Management. Nominated by Ron Migues, Executive Director, MedStar Health Research Institute, the award was presented by Tina Stanger, Assistant Vice President of Research Administration.

Grant was recognized for his willingness to work with anyone and his infectious smile.  Grant is a problem solver and is dedicated to gather all the necessary components to make something more efficient.

“Wanted to give you a huge thank you for taking the time to work with me and my team to ensure our finances are up to date and as accurate as possible,” said Ron Migues. “Given we encompass so many areas and have the most diverse areas of research, it usually takes a small village to accomplish anything, but you have stepped forward and are leading us to become financially sound.  We really see all you do and are extremely appreciative for the support!”

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 are based on submission to the MHRI Kudos program. Each quarter, the MHRI Executive Team will review the KUDOS submissions and select an associate or manager who best exemplifies all our SPIRIT values.

MedStar Health 2020-2021 Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations

The 2020-2021 influenza season will coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. This inevitable combination will present unique challenges affecting MedStar Health associates and physicians, as well as the communities we serve. This year, more than ever, compliance with our mandatory influenza (flu) vaccination program is essential to achieving our patient and associate safety priorities.

As a reminder, all MedStar Health associates, physicians, residents, students, volunteers, contracted staff, and vendors are required to receive the influenza (flu) vaccination. The vaccination period is Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 through Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. While flu vaccine clinics will be scheduled at a variety of locations across the system, eligible associates and physicians may also receive their vaccination at Occupational Health offices, unit rounds in high-volume patient care areas, and from peer immunizers. New infection prevention protocols, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), frequent disinfection of clipboards, pens and other tools, and physical distancing, will be in place in all flu vaccine clinic locations.

We will continue to provide the vaccine at MedStar Health entities free of cost for associates, physicians, residents, and volunteers. Locations, dates and times for entity clinics will be posted on StarPort (starport.medstar.net/go/EveryoneCounts) by Sept. 14, 2020. If individuals choose to be vaccinated at non-MedStar facilities or a MedStar Health Urgent Care location, they must complete and submit official documentation to Occupational Health (letterhead, prescription form, printed receipt, etc.) from the provider administering the vaccine. Documentation must include:

  • Associate's name
  • Date of vaccination
  • Name, dose and lot number of vaccine
  • Name, address and phone number of provider

We recognize that a small percentage of individuals may not be able to receive the flu vaccination due to medical contra-indications and/or religious exemptions. The Influenza Vaccine Exemption Form will need to be obtained from, completed and returned to Occupational Health by Oct. 31, 2020.

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will not require the typical vaccine compliance data reporting this year, MedStar Health will continue to require all associates, physicians, residents/fellows, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors to receive a flu vaccine before the end of the vaccination period or document exemption by the deadline.

Please share this information with your appropriate stakeholders as a priority topic at town hall meetings, staff meetings, rounds, and other communication touch points.

By collectively vaccinating ourselves against influenza, we enhance patient and associate safety across our organization and communities. Remember, an individual with no flu symptoms may still be a carrier and unknowingly spread it to patients, coworkers, visitors, and family members.

Thank you for your commitment to patient and associate safety through flu vaccination.

Ongoing Cybersecurity Risks – Phishing

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals have used the crisis as a basis for increased attacks on computer systems, including phishing campaigns. These attacks are organized and often specifically target healthcare systems or individuals to collect sensitive business or personal information.  

Phishing is a constant threat, but there is also a seasonality to cyberattacks, with more coming during traditional vacation times, when criminals assume defenses are lowered and staffing may vary due to time off. As organizations, including MedStar Health, navigate a new normal, experts anticipate new email phishing attacks attempting to exploit changes, such as adjustments to revised workflows and remote working arrangements.

Associate vigilance is among our best defense strategies for savvy attackers who prompt associates to provide personal information or passwords, click on or open malicious links or attachments, or transfer money. Attacks can come through phishing emails, texts or voice calls to a workstation, smartphone or other device.

Malicious senders may spoof a known source for COVID-19 information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MedStar Human Resources, or a local school district or government office. Phishing attempts may also come from from vendors purporting to have or sell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

To avoid these risks, always follow these important recommendations: 

  • Take your time when reviewing email or text messages. Use caution before you click!
  • Be alert for phishing messages in your email inbox. Since phishing emails arrive from outside of the network, determine whether the email is legitimate. All external emails include a tag of [EXTERNAL] in the email subject line and a banner:

** ATTENTION: This email originated from outside the MedStar network.
** DO NOT CLICK links or attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe.

  • If you don’t know the sender and it looks suspicious, delete the email. Do not click on any attachments or links within the body of the email.
  • Look for spoofed addresses. For example, if an email appears to come from an associate and the sender’s address is not @medstar.net, it is not a legitmate email.
  • If you receive a text message from a number you do not know, delete the text message. Do not click on any links within the text message.
  • Report suspicious emails to [email protected]. Call the IS Service Desk at 877-777-8787 with any questions.

Thank you for your efforts to protect our network, data, systems, and organization.

Increased Cybersecurity Risks Related to COVID-19

Since March, organized crime and other threat actors have used the COVID-19 crisis as a basis for increased attacks on computer systems and phishing campaigns designed to obtain sensitive or personal information. 

Through social engineering, these threat actors attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by prompting associates to provide personal information or passwords, click on or open malicious links or attachments, or transfer money. These attacks can come through phishing emails, texts or voice calls to a workstation, smartphone, or other devices.

The threat actor may spoof a known source for COVID-19 information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), MedStar Human Resources, or a local school district. Phishing attempts may also come from vendors purporting to have or sell Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or other supplies. 

To avoid these risks, follow these important recommendations: 

  • Take your time when reviewing email or text messages. Be careful before you click!
  • Be alert for phishing messages in your email inbox. Since phishing emails arrive from outside of the network, determine whether the email is legitimate. All external emails include a tag of [EXTERNAL] in the email subject line and a banner:

** ATTENTION: This email originated from outside the MedStar network.
** DO NOT CLICK links or attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe.

  • If you don’t know the sender and it looks suspicious, delete the email. Do not click on any attachments or links within the body of the email. 
  • Look for spoofed addresses. For example, if an email appears to come from an associate and the sender’s address is not @medstar.net, it is not a legitimate email.
  • If you receive a text message from a number you do not know, delete the text message. Do not click on any links within the text message. 
  • Report suspicious emails to [email protected] or [email protected]. Call the IS Service Desk at 877-777-8787 with any questions.

Thank you for your efforts to protect our network, important data, systems, and organization.