Power to Heal Campaign

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In 2017, 3,788 associates, physicians, and board members chose to participate in philanthropy. More than $2.74 million in contributions were received from these individuals, benefiting our patients, their families and the communities we serve. Over $1.76 million was pledged to be paid in calendar year 2018 and beyond.

2,765 associates and physicians chose to make a philanthropic investment through the Giving 2017: The Power to Heal Campaign. Funds contributed went to support and enhance a variety of patient experience initiatives across MedStar Health.

Click here to learn about the projects and programs that we supported.


Watch Our Campaign Highlight and Thank You Video

Click here to see examples of how we made a difference.

View photos from the 2017 Power to Heal Campaign.

Gratitude has the Power to Heal

Sergeant Fred Bouknight, Security Services of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is pictured with David Mayer, MD, Vice President, Quality and Safety of MedStar Health and 2017 Power to Heal Executive Champion

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.

MedStar Health

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

Grateful patient Caroline Frock is picture with Vadj Dubiansky, Vice President, Operations of 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!

Participate 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.

Additional Resources

Questions? Contact Jean Sonni, philanthropy engagement officer, at 410-772-6670 or via email at [email protected].