MedStar Health History

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MedStar Medicare Choice expands into Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties.

MedStar Health Research Institute (inclusive of the entire MedStar system) wins the ACTION III Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is now a prime part of the ACTION Network, a vehicle that issues task orders designed for highly-qualified, highly-resourced contractors and partners to undertake rapid-cycle research focused on one or more of AHRQ’s priorities.


MedStar Health opens a comprehensive, integrated, multispecialty care center in Federal Hill located in downtown Baltimore. 

MedStar Health opens four more MedStar PromptCare locations in Belcamp, Federal Hill and Wheaton, Md., and in Alexandria, Va.

Becker’s Hospital Review names MedStar as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Health Care in 2014.

MedStar Health marks its tenth time as one of the nation’s Most Wired organizations, according to the 2014 survey results published by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.

MedStar Health enters into a clinical affiliation with CVS Health to enhance access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, in partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, opens in Millsboro, Del. This is MedStar NRH Network’s first venture into Delaware.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is granted inclusion into the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Clinical and Research Alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute.

A new strategic alliance between MedStar Health and the Cerner Corporation is established to advance the quality and efficiency of patient care through health Information Technology (IT).

MedStar Health becomes the official medical team partner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards, and will serve as the official Sports Medicine physicians for both teams. 

MedStar Health Research Institute receives the Pioneer Research Award as part of the American Association of Medical Colleges Learning Healthcare System Research Initiative.


MedStar Medicare Choice launches in the District of Columbia.

MedStar Health opens four more MedStar PromptCare locations in Perry Hall and Pikesville in the Baltimore area, and in Adams Morgan and Gaithersburg in the Washington, D.C., area.

Surgeons from The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital perform their first double arm transplant—one of only seven successful bilateral arm transplants in the United States.

MedStar Heart Institute and the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic announce a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance. The collaboration will provide new and enhanced treatment options to patients, as well as accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.


MedStar Health launches a new systemwide brand strategy to evolve the MedStar Health corporate signature and how the system is presented and promoted to Maryland and Washington, D.C., region communities.

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association expands services and regional scope through the acquisition of Southern Maryland Home Health, Inc., further penetrating, Prince Georges, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center becomes part of MedStar Health.

MedStar Health establishes the MedStar Heart Institute to enhance access to excellence, experience, innovation, and a commitment to research and the advancement of heart medicine.

MedStar launches its systemwide Population Health Management Initiative, moving the organization toward a more comprehensive approach in providing healthcare benefits that care for people in a way that transforms their healthcare experience.

MedStar launches its systemwide initiative to become a High Reliability Organization, with the goal of creating a patient safety culture that achieves zero preventable patient harm.

MedStar Family Choice, MedStar’s Medicaid insurance plan, expands into the Washington, D.C., region.

MedStar Health opens it first two MedStar PromptCare locations in Towson and Wheaton, Md.

MedStar Health opens a comprehensive, integrated, multispecialty care center in Mitchellville, Md., by co-locating three existing community practices and adding new specialties needed in the community.


MedStar Diabetes Institute Recognized as Winner of Microsoft Health Users Group 2011 Innovation Award.

Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health Form Collaborative Innovation Alliance.


MedStar Health is featured in the February 2010 issue of Baltimore Magazine as one of the region's "Best Places to Work."

Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care proudly recognizes MedStar Health and its Maryland-area hospitals for winning Delmarva's Excellence Award for Quality Improvement a record 18 times since its inception in 2001.


MedStar Family Choice, a Maryland Medicaid Managed Care Organization, has been named the top-ranked Medicaid health plan in Maryland by the U.S. News/NCQA America's Best Health Insurance Plans 2009-10.

MedStar Health was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by Hospital & Health Networks. Hospitals and healthcare organizations are named to the list based on responses to the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking study.

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital becomes part of MedStar Health.


MedStar Health celebrates 10-year anniversary.

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center becomes part of MedStar Health.

Kenneth A. Samet becomes MedStar Health president and chief executive officer.


MedStar Health launches One Vision One SPIRIT campaign, which rolls out a united vision - to be the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health - and one set of values - Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork - across the system.


MedStar Health named The Largest Business of the Year by the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

MedStar Health received the 2005 Bridging the Gap Pioneer Award.


Received $1.29 million in federal funding for Phase I of EROne , the nation's first 21st century all-risks-ready emergency facility.


MedStar Health is the only health system on the East Coast to offer both CyberKnife and the Leksell Gamma Knife technologies for the treatment of brain, neck and spine tumors that are diagnosed as "inoperable."

MedStar Sports Medicine is created.


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital becomes part of MedStar Health.

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MedStar Health is established as the new name for the largest not-for-profit health care system in the mid-Atlantic region to serve two major metropolitan areas and the 20th largest not-for-profit system in the United States.

Church Home and Hospital closes.


Helix Health and Medlantic boards of directors announce and vote unanimously to merge the two organizations.


BWHealth, the strategic partnership between Helix Health and Medlantic Healthcare Group, is formed.

MedStar Harbor Hospital joins Helix Health.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center becomes a founding member of Capital Community Health Plan, a Medicaid health maintenance organization.

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HelixCare, a physician organization, is created.

Church Home & Hospital joins Helix Health.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital joins Helix Health.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Physician Hospital Organization (WHC-PHO) is established.


Major corporate reorganization and service consolidation implemented at Medlantic.


MedStar Visiting Nurse Association becomes part of Medlantic Healthcare Group.

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Washington Healthcare Corporation becomes Medlantic Healthcare Group.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center merge to form Helix Health.


MedStar National Rehabilitation Network opens.


Washington Healthcare Corporation established by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital opens.

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MedStar Washington Hospital Center opens.


MedStar St. Mary's Hospital opens.


MedStar Harbor Hospital opens.


MedStar Visiting Nurse Association chartered by an Act of Congress.


MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center opens.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital opens.


Church Hospital opens.


MedStar Union Memorial Hospital opens.

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