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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 07, 2016

    A shiny gold-toned plaque on the wall inscribed with the words “Meditation room renovations in memory of Stephen C. Nystrom, CDR, USN” represents the special gift he left for others who long for a quiet moment of reflection during difficult times. Marianna Nystrom revisited MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently for a small gathering to sanctify the space where she and her grown children had spent many hours while her husband was sick.

    “In January, my daughter, son and I received beautiful, loving care from staff,” explained Marianna. “During our time at the hospital, we couldn’t help but notice the condition of the room next door (the chapel) was in contrast to this one (the meditation room). When Marianna’s husband passed, she said it was her daughter who suggested they set up a fund to help renovate the space in lieu of flowers.

    “In his final days, hospice didn’t have room for my husband,” said Marianna. “Essentially, staff on the third floor gave him hospice and palliative care and took care of us. Because he received such incredible care, we really wanted to do something.”

    Generous donations from friends and family allowed the meditation room to be renovated with a new coat of paint, a table lamp for ambient lighting, covered storage benches for seating and artwork by artist Karen Russell.  

    “That art piece (hanging on the left wall as you walk in) is called “One”,” shared Marianna. “I see planets, the universe, diversity and that’s what my husband believed.  He believed in the great mystery.”

    Visit MedStarStMarys.org/WaysToGive to find out how you can give back, too. 

  • December 07, 2016

    Drs. Scott Krugman and Michelle Chudow, Extraordinary Child Safety Advocates

    Baltimore—(December 7, 2016)— Dr. Scott Krugman, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center chairman of pediatrics, and pediatrician Dr. Michelle Chudow, will be honored by Baltimore County executive, Kevin Kamenetz, and Baltimore County state’s attorney, Scott Shellenberger, for providing extraordinary care to abused children in conjunction with the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). A special award recognition presentation will be made by the county leaders at the hospital, Dec. 14.

    MedStar Franklin Square has been on the forefront of child protection since 2000 when Dr. Krugman formed the multidisciplinary Child Protection Team (CPT) and partnered with Baltimore County Police and the Department of Social Services to improve care for victims of child abuse in Eastern Baltimore County.

    Under his leadership, MFSMC has trained associates to provide acute sexual abuse/assault examinations, implemented comprehensive child abuse and neglect services, and is a provider of support and case management to victims of child abuse.

    For the past 2 years, Dr. Krugman and his team have partnered with the CAC to provide weekly medical coverage for child sexual abuse victims. State’s Attorney Shellenberger brought this to the Baltimore County executive’s attention, citing Dr. Krugman, Dr. Chudow, and the entire Child Protection Team, for rising above the call of duty. “They really stepped up to the plate to assist in all kinds of child abuse cases and are really going out of their way to be great citizens in their community,” he wrote to the county executive.

    Dr. Krugman, named 2015 Pediatrician of the Year, by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has served on numerous statewide child abuse committees and is a long-standing member of the multi-disciplinary Baltimore County Child Protection Panel. Providing pediatric care for over 18 years, Dr. Krugman has been an integral force in enhancing the health of children in Baltimore and the surrounding regions.

    Dr. Chudow consults on active investigations for all forms of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and medical neglect as the Medical Director of the CAC. She is also a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and is passionate about educating medical providers, child care workers and teachers, and parents about the prevention, recognition, and reporting of all aspects of child maltreatment.

    Additionally, Drs. Krugman and Chudow have provided specialized forensic sexual abuse medical exams, SAFE exams, medical consultations on CPS cases, and expert court testimony. Through the provision of these specialized services and participation in the weekly CAC multi-disciplinary team meetings, MedStar Franklin Square has advanced the knowledge of Child Protective Services, police, and the state's attorney in medical considerations for child maltreatment cases.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Krugman.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Chudow.

    For more information about the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center, click here.

     

    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

  • December 05, 2016

    Will Lead Baltimore MedStar Hospitals as Director of Vascular Surgeryvallabhaneni-press-release

    BALTIMORE—(November 30, 2016) —Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, MD, FACS,  joins the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, as Director of Vascular Surgery-Baltimore, bringing specialized expertise and a national reputation for treating complex aortic disease to the Baltimore region of the state’s largest healthcare provider.

    In this newly designed role, Dr. Vallabhaneni will collaborate with MHVI leadership to develop the vascular programs at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial. He’ll report directly to Dr. Edward Woo, Director, MedStar Vascular Surgery, in a system effort to provide seamless and accessible vascular care for patients.

    “We are very excited to have Dr. Vallabhaneni join our team,” said Dr. Woo. “He brings expertise in treating complex vascular disorders to the Baltimore region.”

    Fellowship trained in vascular surgery, he is also board certified in both vascular and general surgery. Dr. Vallabhaneni is experienced in all forms of minimally-invasive and open endovascular surgery, as well as the medical management of vascular issues.

    “Dr. Vallabhaneni is able to offer patients a full range of available diagnostic and treatment options,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute.  “We are very proud to bring his leadership to our communities. His research interests focus on patient outcomes, patient safety and quality care. His leadership on numerous clinical trials, and knowledge of the spectrum of treatment modalities, speak to the commitment we’ve made to provide the most in comprehensive cardiac care.” 

    Dr. Vallabhaneni trained in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also completed a research fellowship, followed by a clinical vascular surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

    Most recently, Dr. Vallabhaneni served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, where he co-directed the complex aortic program.

    Dr. Vallabhaneni is published widely, including book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and has been an invited speaker at both regional and national vascular surgery conferences.

    About the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

    MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.  MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is allied with the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program, giving patients accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery. This alliance also strengthens excellent clinical care and enables high-level collaboration on research.

    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.

     

  • December 05, 2016
    Eric Wisotzky, MD, chief of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the director of Cancer Rehabilitation with MedStar Health Physical Therapy and Nicole Hanrahan, MD, Cancer Rehabilitation fellow with MedStar NRH recently published a new article titled “Deconstructing Postmastectomy Syndrome” in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America Journal.
  • November 30, 2016
    Data from a new, local prospective study on the impact of gross anatomy labs administered to first-year Georgetown University medical students showed the desire to work with their hands increased, enjoyment of working with instruments and tools increased, and likelihood of pursing a surgical career increased in 30 percent of the surveyed students who experienced gross anatomy lab.
  • November 30, 2016
    Medical error and patient harm will be center focus of the conversation next Monday, December 5, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Wine and Wisdom, an event hosted by a council of residents seeking to change hospital culture, encourage open reporting of adverse events and create system changes to prevent them.

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