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.
June 17, 2016MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Security K9s Receives Protective Vests National Fundraising Campaign Ensures Security Dog Safety“The vests are an investment in the safety and security of our dogs,” said MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s Corporal Joel Schindler.
June 14, 2016
New Facility Unlocks New Model of Care and Patient Experience
Washington, D.C., June 14, 2016 – The first dedicated heart and vascular hospital in the nation’s capital is opening on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital is a 164-bed state-of-the-art facility, which will be the cornerstone of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and will advance cardiovascular care for patients throughout the Washington and mid-Atlantic regions.
“This is an extraordinary milestone for our patients,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. “The new heart and vascular hospital, its construction, its design, its philosophy, was designed with patients’ needs in mind, coupled with our long-standing commitment to providing the most advanced heart and vascular care.”
As one of the highest-volume and nationally recognized heart and vascular surgery programs in the nation, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the founding member of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, which has cared for patients with highly complex cardiovascular disorders for nearly 60 years. It has been at the forefront of innovative new treatments and prevention of heart and vascular disease.
The four-story, 160,000-square-foot facility centralized all cardiovascular services in the Hospital Center’s North Addition. The new space ushers in a new model of care and patient experience. Patients with similar medical conditions are cared for on designated specialty-care units that have dedicated teams of cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, nurse practitioners and nurses, to collaboratively deliver the highest quality cardiovascular care and achieve the best patient outcomes.
“We want to make the overall experience for the patients and their families as good as it can be,” added Dr. Seides. “Every team member who works at the heart and vascular hospital takes great pride in their work. As a team, we are all focused on patients getting the best clinical care possible. And the only way to safely provide that kind of highly advanced care is through highly coordinated teamwork.”
Increased critical care capacity was an important linchpin in the new design of the heart and vascular hospital. The 44-bed cardiac intensive care unit on the second floor was built to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients from all over the region. The ICU rooms are much larger, with wider doorways facilitating access for team members and advanced equipment to the bedside. Each ICU room is equipped with ceiling-mounted booms carrying medical gases, and electric and data outlets, offering greater flexibility and providing clinicians unrestricted access to the patient from all four sides of the bed.
“The booms give us 360-degree access to patients. Beds pushed up against walls limit our ability to perform certain procedures in patient rooms. Opening the space in this way allows us to position patients, ourselves, and needed equipment for optimal care,” concluded Dr. Seides.
Construction of the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital took three years to complete and was divided into four phases. In January 2015, a 60-bed inpatient unit opened to patients on the fourth floor of the hospital, followed by the third floor inpatient unit. The first floor, with a separate entrance and lobby, opened in December and is solely dedicated to outpatient care. The second floor cardiac ICU, the final phase of construction, is scheduled to open in July.
The Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital was named to recognize long-time Washingtonians Nancy and Harold Zirkin for their generosity and extraordinary philanthropic support to the heart and vascular hospital. Their $10 million leadership gift is the largest single contribution in the history of MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health.
*A dedication ceremony for the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital will be held on Thursday, June 16, starting at 6 p.m. View the Media Advisory here.
B-roll footage and photos of the facility are available to download. Click here to access.
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and has been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons as one of the top cardiovascular programs in the nation. In January 2013, MedStar Heart formed a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, the #1 heart program in the country. Together, MedStar Heart and Cleveland Clinic have forged a relationship of shared expertise that is transforming cardiovascular care, enhancing quality, improving safety and increasing access to advanced heart and vascular services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute comprises more than 140 cardiovascular physician specialists throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as the nationally recognized heart care of all nine MedStar Health acute care hospitals and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. For more information, visit MedStarHeartInstitute.org.
June 13, 2016Three physicians from the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute traveled to the White House today for the Obama Administration’s Organ Summit aimed at setting new strategies to increase access to organ transplants and shorten the organ waiting list.
June 09, 2016
The Diabetes Self-Management Program celebrates 17 years of helping people live well with diabetes.
What causes diabetes? Can people with diabetes eat dessert? Is it true that healthy foods won’t raise blood sugar? When it comes to diabetes, there are a lot of myths out there. Yet knowing the facts about diabetes can save your life.
Here’s the truth: according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more Americans die each year from complications related to diabetes than they do from AIDS and breast cancer combined. The good news is that a person’s lifestyle choices, particularly healthy eating, regular exercise, and medication, can help manage diabetes effectively. The first step toward living well with diabetes is learning what you can do to help control it – and that’s where the hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Program comes in.
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Program has been helping people understand and manage diabetes since 1999. Now part of the MedStar Diabetes Institute, the ADA-certified program is staffed by certified diabetes educators and offers assessments, education, and support designed to empower people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, have never attended a self-management program, or are struggling to control their blood sugar levels.
“Denial is a big problem after the diagnosis,” said program coordinator Susan Hicks, RN. “Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in this country, and it’s associated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, and other complications. Our program helps people understand treatment options and lifestyle changes that they can make to control it and reduce health risks.”
Participants attend a total of four classes to learn about diabetes self-care. The classes cover topics like monitoring blood glucose levels, establishing proper nutrition and exercise habits, taking medication, counting carbs, and reading food labels. Each class participant receives a personalized meal plan and follow-up.
The hospital also holds diabetes support group meetings on the fourth Thursday or every month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hospital Library. To learn more about the Diabetes Self-Management Program, or to sign up, call (301) 877-5560.
June 09, 2016Doctors just entering residency or fellowship training at MedStar Health will experience a three-day immersion in patient safety before they ever see patients in a MedStar hospital or clinic. The orientation program begins Monday, June 13, at the Marquis Marriott, Washington, D.C.
June 07, 2016MedStar Health Names Zeena Dorai, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery at MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan HospitalsAs a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Dorai brings over 11 years of experience in diagnosing and treating disorders, conditions and injuries of the brain and spine.