MedStar Health Proud of SPIRIT Award Recipient Melissa Gonzales

Melissa Gonzales was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the first quarter of 2021 during the MHRI Virtual Town Hall.  Melissa is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the MedStar Health Research Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The award was presented by Ron Migues, Executive Director, MedStar Health Research Institute.

Melissa was recognized for being a team player that pays attention to detail. Her colleagues appreciate her dedication to ensure our research participants have a positive research experience while also meeting enrollment and financial targets.

"Thank you for always willing to help out even without being asked. You just jump right in when the situations needs it. You just always offer to help the team with no questions asked. You are truly a team player. I commend you for being great with our patients and PI's. Your professionalism and commitment is outstanding." - Patricia Tanjutco, MD

"Melissa is the “secret weapon” that any professional team would be jealous to have in their arsenal. She is always two steps ahead of what needs to be done in a clinical trial, and before everyone else is aware of the need, Melissa has already taken care of the issue and figured out a way to make the process easier for everyone else! She is an excellent Clinical Research Coordinator, with an incredible eye to detail and a confident and caring manner that makes her a valuable asset to any research team." - Maureen McNulty, RN, MS

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.

Congratulations Gebremedhin Melaku, Our John L. Green Scholarship Recipient!

Each year, MedStar Health associates have the opportunity to win a John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for five MedStar Health associates, each equaling up to $3,500. Recipients of the scholarship may use funds for tuition and/or fees for the current academic semester for the upcoming academic semester.

Established in 2003, the John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship awards academic scholarships to highly-motivated, MedStar associates who strive to advance their leadership career in health care. 

The scholarship is reserved for exceptional individuals who share Green’s traits of excellence, leadership, and commitment to the vision, mission, and values of MedStar Health. This targeted scholarship reflects Green’s commitment to increasing minority representation in leadership positions in health care.

We are pleased to share that Gebremedhin Melaku, Senior Coronary Imaging Research Analyst, MedStar Health Research Institute is one of the 2021 John L. Green Scholarship recipients.

Gebremedhin Melaku, is a physician from Ethiopia. He was born in very small village called Qunzila, 30 miles northwest of Bahir Dar along the shore of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile river. He received his medical degree at University of Gondar and attended Ob-Gyn residency at Addis Ababa University. He worked as a lecturer at the University of Gondar and later as Maternal Child health/Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV Advisor for three different international organizations.

He joined Medstar Health as a Clinical Research Associate and was promoted to Research Analyst within three months of joining. He is currently working as a lead on clinical trials based on angiography, physiologic parameters such as Quantitative Flow Ratio (QFR) and vFFR (vessel Fractional Flow Reserve). He has authored/co-authored 20+ publications in his professional career.

He is currently seeking his master’s degree in data science/Analytics at Kansas State University. He decided to join the program after he completed a certificate program of “python for Data Science” online and found out how powerful python is in the field of Research, Analytics, Machine Learning and Visualizations.

The John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship honors the late John L. Green, executive vice president, Corporate Services. From 1983 to 2002, Green held executive leadership roles at Medlantic Health Care Group and MedStar Health, as well as on the Morgan State University Board of Regents in Baltimore. He served as chairman of the Morgan State University board from 1990 to 1995. The scholarship is funded entirely by a grant from the MedStar Health Board of Directors to commemorate Green’s contributions and his legacy of excellence.

Celebrating Nurses at MedStar Health and the Research Institute

Join MedStar Health in recognizing the work of our nurses during Nation Nurses Week, from May 6 to 12, 2021. As our nurses continue to care for patients in the new world with COVID-19, we want to celebrate and thank nurses throughout our system for their commitment to patient and associate care and wellness.

Because of the burden that COVID-19 has on the national health system in general and nurses specifically, the  American Nurses Association has extended  the 2020 Year of the Nurse through  May 2021. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, commonly considered the founder of modern nursing research, the World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, assistant vice president at MHRI, serves as MHRI’s representative to MedStar’s Chief Nursing Council, on the MHRI executive team, and the Nursing Research Council. Ms. Bardsley says, “It has been over a year that our health system has faced COVID and its impact on those for whom we care. Nurses from across MedStar Health have risen to the occasion in ways that showed their unbridled dedication and caring.  MHRI nurses are among those who truly went above and beyond what could have reasonably been expected.  They  transitioned to work in occupational  health, provided vaccines throughout  MedStar and the community, followed-up with those with a  COVID diagnosis, and expanded their work to include dozens of COVID studies in all areas of practice that have changed  the way care and treatment is delivered. THANK YOU is not enough for what they accomplished but needs to be said to every nurse. I am honored to practice with these dedicated professional at MHRI and MedStar Health who have made the positive difference in so many lives.”

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. We appreciate you for what you do.

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.


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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.