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  • January 06, 2022

    Christine R. Wray announces Jan. 2022 retirement after 42 years of service in healthcare

    CLINTON, Md.Christine R. Wray, FACHE, president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital who also serves as a senior vice president for MedStar Health, announced that she will be retiring on January 28, 2022.

    Wray was named president of MedStar Southern Maryland in September 2014, two years after MedStar Health acquired the hospital located in the Clinton area of Prince George’s County. With Wray at the helm, MedStar Southern Maryland saw the development and growth of several new service lines.

    In 2016, the hospital received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, having ranked among the top 50 of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. In 2017, MedStar Southern Maryland joined the prestigious MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic Alliance. Wray also helped facilitate the opening of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in February 2020. This 25,000 square foot facility offers unmatched medical expertise, leading-edge therapies, and access to robust clinical research, all under the same roof.

    Moreover, the construction of MedStar Southern Maryland’s new Emergency Department (ED) expansion project took place under Wray’s leadership, and remained on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The $43 million ED expansion project has been deemed the largest construction project in the hospital’s history. The new emergency department opened its doors in April 2021 to provide local residents with seamless access to the most advanced care.

    Wray’s focus on providing quality care has helped MedStar Southern Maryland build a foundation of excellence that will serve local communities for decades to come. MedStar Southern Maryland is grateful for the innumerable and lasting contributions that Wray made throughout her 42-year healthcare career.

    “I have so cherished working with all of you in our commitment and service to our wonderful communities. It has truly been an honor and a privilege,” Wray said in an announcement that was emailed to hospital associates. “Please always be proud of the work you do and how you care for each other as you care for our patients. It is incredibly important work and you are the best of the best!

    Dr. Stephen Michaels, who currently serves as the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, will take over as president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

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  • January 05, 2017
    The MedStar Health Research Institute recently awarded five MedStar Health investigators funding for their medical research projects. These awards are through the New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund and the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant.
  • January 04, 2017

    There’s no disputing the proof that Michael Booth knows what he’s talking about when it comes to healthy eating.  His “before body,” one hundred pounds heavier than his “after body,” means he not only practices what he preaches and knows the best tips having tried them himself, but he also can empathize with patients struggling to become healthier by making better food choices. 

    The Howard graduate in Nutritional Sciences and registered dietician offers the following tips:

    1. Consult your doctor before beginning any new eating and exercise pattern.
    2. Set small, reasonable goals. Rather than trying to lose a great deal of weight quickly, make small changes. For example, limit mindless snacking in front of the TV and cut back on the number visits to fast food restaurants. This will make a big impact over the long term.

    3. Eat until satisfied and don’t stuff yourself past the point of fullness. If takes you about 20 minutes to recognize that you are getting full. Slow down, chew your food, and listen to your body. It will be your guide to determining just how much you should be eating.

    4. Often, portion control has more of an impact than changing the food you typically eat. When you go to a restaurant, for example, you can ask for half your portion as a meal and half to take home for another meal. Spreading your calories in 5-6 small meals throughout the day will keep you from overeating.  

    5. Do your research and learn how to choose healthy food. Fad diets aren’t made for long term results.  Instead, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov, which gives practical advice on how to portion what you eat to ensure adequate intake of macro- and micronutrients. “What helped me get where I wanted to be was learning the science behind what I was doing,” said Booth.

    6. Choose fresh and whole foods versus pre-packaged or fast food. One way to control ingredients is to cook at home, which can be made into a fun, family activity. This will help cut down on sugar, fat and salt intake which in excess can lead to the development of various chronic diseases.

    7. Cut down on sugar, fat and salt. Salt has an even greater negative effect on African-Americans, says Booth.

    8. Find opportunities to replace soda and juice with water. There are hidden calories in many drinks that can really increase your daily calorie count.

    9. Eat until satisfied, not full.

    10. Add exercise. According to the CDC, the general recommendation for most healthy adults is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e. briskly walking). Taking a walk with your kids benefits everyone’s hearts.

    11. Measure your progress, but do not be discouraged by the scale. The scale may not be changing, but as you increase your level of physical activity, you will likely be decreasing the amount of fat and increasing the amount of muscle stored on your body. In this case, it is a good idea to use a tape measure in combination with the scale to truly track your success.
  • January 04, 2017

    MedStar Health Research Institute was awarded grant funding for three research initiatives through the Charles and Mary Latham Fund. Read more.

  • January 03, 2017
    MedStar Health will collaborate with Indivumed to advance our understanding of the molecular basis of cancer through collection and analysis of biospecimens and clinical data, making possible new individualized diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
  • January 03, 2017
    Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, executive vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for MedStar Health and Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute, collaborated on guest commentary in Modern Healthcare on building an integrated academic health system to support the care of all patients.
  • January 02, 2017

    Columbia, Md. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017) —Taking medications on schedule is an important aspect of self-care, but keeping track of prescriptions can be hard for consumers, especially if they take multiple medications. The challenge is not merely one of scheduling or convenience. The result of not taking medicines as prescribed, or medication nonadherence, is estimated to contribute to more than 100,000 deaths per year and 10 percent of hospitalizations, while costing the healthcare system billions of dollars a year.

    MedStar Health and CVS Pharmacy are tackling the issue with a new service called Multi-dose Packs that supplies all the medications an individual needs to take at the same time of day in customized, easy-open packets. The packets are clearly marked with the time of day and date for taking the medications, so it’s easy to keep track of scheduled doses.    

    The dosing system is designed for individuals whose condition is stable, who have not had a recent hospitalization and who take six or more medications a day, including prescription and over-the-counter types. Consumers receive a 30-day supply of medications that is boxed in a continuous roll of Multi-dose Packs. The cost is about the same as what would be paid at a CVS Pharmacy. Multi-dose Packs are delivered directly to the home by Fed-Ex or to a local CVS Pharmacy for pickup. There is no charge for delivery.

    “A large obstacle to effective treatment is that many patients don’t follow their medication schedules,” said Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, MedStar Health executive vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer. “Patients can become confused about when they are supposed to take medicines or whether they have taken this or that medication. The Multi-dose Packs system makes it easy for patients to adhere to their medication schedule, which is very important for managing their health.”

    In a recent, highly successful pilot program with a group of MedStar patients, medication adherence went from 60 percent to 91 percent, demonstrating the effectiveness of Multi-dose Packs. In making the service available through all MedStar physicians, MedStar is the first health system in the United States to fully deploy Multi-dose Packs.  

    MedStar physicians can review a patient’s electronic health record and electronically send a list of the patient’s medications to CVS, which will prepare and ship the medication box each month.

    “We are pleased to continue working with MedStar to help enhance patients’ access to care and improve health outcomes,” said Andrew Sussman, MD, executive vice president of Clinical Services and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health. “With this innovative program, we will help make it easier for patients to keep track of all their medications and complex dosing schedules, so they have one less thing to worry about.”

    CVS Health and MedStar Health began their collaboration in 2014, when the two organizations announced a clinical affiliation to provide coordinated care services such as medication counseling and chronic disease monitoring for MedStar patients through CVS  MinuteClinic locations in its retail pharmacies.  In addition, CVS Health provides critical prescription and visit information to the affiliated healthcare providers through the integration of secured electronic health record systems.

     

    About MedStar Health 
    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

    Contact: Ann Nickels, 410-772-6661 (6678), ann.c.nickels@medstar.net

    Pill pouches are clearly marked by date, time of day, and contents

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