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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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  • December 21, 2016

    The Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a volunteer body dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of the hospital. The 19-member board consists of community members, MedStar Health leaders, and representation from our Medical Staff and Foundation. Due to the guidance of the board, the hospital has expanded the array of medical specialties on staff and directed the hospital toward the acquisition of many cutting-edge technologies, such as our fully integrated electronic medical record system.

    As the year comes to a close, a few very special members of our Board are stepping down. In recognition for years of dedicated volunteer service to the Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, we extend our appreciation!

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    Lewie Aldridge, Jr.
    Lexington Park, MD
    Member for 11 years

    “After having family who was treated extremely well at the hospital, I felt if I could give back then I would. Without the wonderful staff, the hospital wouldn’t be as great as it is. I’m truly honored to have served with so many respected board members and the hospital administration, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the decisions, especially the one to sign on with MedStar. It was a soul searching time that I will always remember.”

     

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    Donald Cather, Jr.
    Colton’s Point, MD
    Member for 9 years

    I was a paramedic when I joined in 2007 and wanted very much to help improve the Emergency Department. I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in that as well as the difficult decision to sign on with MedStar and the move to become more computerized. I wish I could continue on the board to be a part of all the great new things that are happening at the hospital.”

     

    pattyPatty Vernon-Rusher
    California, MD
    Member for 11 years 

    “I joined in 2005 because I wanted to do more for my community and contribute my information technology experience toward the hospital’s new endeavor to plan and implement electronic medical records. Until you experience the business of healthcare, you cannot possibly imagine or appreciate the associated complexities. I take great pride in playing a role in the decisions and actions that bring the finest quality medical care to St. Mary’s.”

  • December 21, 2016
    U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, today announced that MedStar National Rehabilitation Network has been recognized as a Bronze level club as a part of the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program.
  • December 15, 2016
    The frigid predictions warn of a colder than average winter and more snow than last year. This white wonderland is an inevitable consequence of winter in the D.C. and Baltimore region—and so is the pain that can come from digging out.
  • December 14, 2016
    CARF conducted its triennial accreditation survey at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in October 2016. Five surveyors from different rehabilitation facilities from across the country reviewed our overall inpatient rehabilitation program for adults and children, as well as four specialty programs which included amputation, stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury and disease.
  • December 14, 2016
    The Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund was established by Richard and Rebecca Boker in 2007.[/caption]

    Through generous philanthropic support of the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Richard and Rebecca Boker have helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney to advance skills and better serve our community.

    Olney, MD — For nearly a year before his death in December of 2006, Mr. Irving T. Boker, a resident of Leisure World, spent a great deal of time as a patient of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Mr. Boker’s family was extremely grateful for the compassionate care he received and decided to honor his memory with a charitable gift to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

    Brookeville residents Richard Boker and his wife Rebecca chose to establish the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund to help nurses at the hospital to advance their education and skills. “Because my father, a very giving and kind man, received first-class care from the nurses of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, my wife and I decided to establish a memorial fund to offer ongoing educational support to the nurses and to keep my father’s name, ideals and memory alive," explains Richard Boker.

    Since 2007, the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund has helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center to advance their practice, some with formal education, all with a focus on safety and quality of care. Nurses have also benefited from pursuing certifications in nationally recognized nursing specialties, participating in the Maryland Hospital Association Healthcare Leadership Institute and University of Maryland nursing education sessions. 

    “Through support from the Irving T. Boker Fund, I was able to attend The National conference of Perioperative Nursing.As a result I have obtained my National Certification.  The conference attendance has allowed me remain current and up to date to enhance the care I give at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.” - Mary Johnson Rn. CPAN 

    Over the past 10 years, Mr. and Mrs. Boker have continued to support the fund and have been joined by other members of the community as well. Eleven local businesses such as Ledo’s Pizza and Brooklyn’s Deli, and over 90 individuals in the community have contributed to the fund over the last 10 years. 

    This support in memory of Mr. Boker helps MedStar Montgomery Medical Center continue to provide our community with the highest quality of care. In 2017, for example, 30 nurses will, though support from the fund, participate in training courses provided by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses on critical care for acutely or critically ill patients.

    Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center states, "The Irving T. Boker Fund has made a huge difference to our exceptionally dedicated nurses at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Through the generous philanthropic investment of the Boker family and the broader community, our nurses have resources to become the absolute best they can be. This community-minded approach, involving expressions of gratitude that improve patient care, is at the heart of why, for over 96 years, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has set the highest standard for health care. Most of the major advancements at our hospital were made possible through philanthropic investments. This is truly a wonderful community.”

    If you would like to explore contributing to the Irving T. Boker Fund, please visit: MedStarMontgomery.org/BokerFor more information about the fund, contact Gabriel Pinski at 301-774-8804 or gpinski@medStarmontgomery.org.

  • December 09, 2016

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 9, 2016)— Jennifer Remington, MHSA, assistant vice president of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at MedStar Health, was elected to serve a three-year term, commencing Nov. 11, 2016, on the Steering Committee of the Group on Residents Affairs (GRA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

    The GRA promotes exemplary leadership for high-quality GME, and is an authoritative source on GME principles and practices in the medical education continuum within the AAMC and nationally. The GRA's annual leadership certificate course is highly competitive, and its many other educational offerings (including an annual national meeting for GME professionals) provide valuable networking opportunities, professional development, and the tools that improve the quality of resident education at both the program and institutional levels.

    “Jen will bring a valuable perspective to the GRA as leader over one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country,” said Jaime Padmore, DM, MSc, vice president of Academic Affairs at MedStar Health. “We oversee more than 1,100 medical residents and fellows annually, which provides us great insight into the needs of this community,” Padmore added.

    GRA representatives are appointed through the dean of an accredited U.S. medical school, the chief executive officer of a member of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), or the president of a GME-related member of the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). As a whole, the GRA represents the institutional leaders of GME who are responsible for accreditation and administration at their AAMC member organizations.


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