Power to Heal Campaign
MedStar Health's Giving: The Power to Heal Campaign invites associates and physicians to invest through philanthropy and support patient experience initiatives across the system.
A Focus on Patient Experience
Our focus this year is to support, enhance, and sustain a variety of patient experience initiatives across MedStar Health. In collaboration with leadership and the Power to Heal Campaign Committees, specific initiatives have been developed to enhance the experience of our patients and their families.
At MedStar Health, commitments will benefit a pain management initiative to help reduce the reliance on opioids prescribed after post surgical procedures. The interdisciplinary team will be implementing the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) System to offer a non-narcotic pain management solution for post-surgery patients in the first few days following their procedure. This treatment will be piloted around the system to help patients during their acute recovery.
At MedStar Ambulatory Services, commitments will support a play center with toys and books in the waiting area, as well as therapy and clinical rehabilitation equipment for pediatric patients at MedStar Health in Bel Air.
Click here to see examples of how we made a difference.
Gratitude has the Power to Heal
We will celebrate our growing culture of gratitude by creating awareness about philanthropy and how it can impact our patients and their families. Expressions of gratitude have been shown to increase positivity and happiness, deepening our relationships with one another.
While on shift in the emergency department, Sergeant Fred Bouknight, noticed a patient in the waiting room displaying symptoms of a stroke. Grateful for MedStar's High Reliability Organization (HRO) online training, Fred was able to recognize these symptoms immediately and was able to find medical personnel to help the patient receive life-saving care.
"Sergeant Bouknight went above the call of duty through his commitment to serving and protecting the community. He is an excellent example of our HRO culture and how saving lives can go beyond clinicians” stated David Mayer, MD, Vice President, Quality and Safety of MedStar Health and 2017 Power to Heal MedStar Executive Champion.
MedStar Ambulatory Services
In a long lacrosse career that was generally without injury, Caroline Frock fell in a game sophomore year and heard a pop in her knee. Feeling no pain, Caroline believed that she was capable to continue the game. However, under her Mother’s guidance, Caroline was rushed to the hospital to check the severity of the injury. Caroline suffered an ACL rupture and meniscus tear. After a successful surgery, Caroline started the process of recovery and is grateful for a rehab team that went above and beyond; to the point of cheering her on at a game.
Stories like this are not uncommon to Vadj Dubiansky, Vice President, Operations of MedStar Ambulatory Services, “The comprehensive care services our ambulatory sites provide across the community help patients like Caroline make a full recovery and, in her case, back to speed on the lacrosse field.”
Ways to Participate
Choose the option that’s best for you.
- One-year payroll deduction: begins on the next available pay date – minimum of $2 per pay period required
- One-time payroll deduction: total gift identified below will be deducted on the next available pay date – minimum of $5 total payroll deduction – please use the printable form
- One-time gift: credit card, cash, or check
Gifts of Gratitude
Make Your Gift in Gratitude to a Colleague!
Did you know gratitude has the Power to Heal? This is true for our patients, their families and even our associates. The Power to Heal campaign is your opportunity to make a gift in gratitude to an associate who has made an impact on you. Once a commitment is made, you will receive an email with the Gifts of Gratitude eCard where you can express your gratitude to your honoree with a personal note. If a gift has been made in your honor by a colleague on their commitment form, you will be notified after the campaign.
Choose to make a Gift of Gratitude online or via the printable commitment form today!
A new commitment form must be submitted each year; please complete the online form:
Or download the printable version and return it via:
- Email to [email protected].
- Mail to or Drop off at: Attn: Jean Sonni, 10980 Grantchester Way, 7th Floor - Philanthropy, Columbia, MD 21044.
- Frequently Asked Questions – learn more about the Power to Heal Campaign.
Questions? Contact Jean Sonni, philanthropy engagement officer, at 410-772-6670 or via email at [email protected].