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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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  • July 17, 2020

    Washington, D.C.,– While government stay-at-home orders helped to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it had some unintended consequences: more people were getting burned in the kitchen. The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has seen a nearly four-fold increase in cooking-related burns during the height of COVID-19.

    “We saw nearly sixty to seventy percent more volume than we typically have during this time of the year,” said Jeffrey Shupp, MD, director of the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “About thirty to forty percent of those burns involved cooking accidents. Most were grease related.”

    Some of the burn injuries were more severe than usual, requiring hospitalization and surgery. Some patients required intensive care, with some needing skin grafting procedures.

    “We don’t exactly know why the number of burn injuries is rising, but we suspect social isolation played a role as more people stayed at home, dabbling in different types of activities that maybe they don’t normally do,” added Dr. Shupp.

    Some burn centers across the country have experienced a similar increase.

    Dr. Shupp and the Burn Center team share these tips to minimize potential problems from kitchen fires:

    • Keep a functioning fire extinguisher nearby
    • Cover fires with a pot or pan with a lid
    • Do not throw water on cooking fires. That can make them worse
    • Wear proper clothing: Baggy or loose shirts can catch fire when cooking

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    MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 912-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 100 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for treating the most complex cases. Its cardiology program is highly acclaimed and its cardiac surgery program has consistently earned the highest national rating–three stars–from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The Hospital Center operates the Washington region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center and the District’s only Cardiac Ventricular Assist Device program, both certified by The Joint Commission. The hospital is also home to MedSTAR, a nationally verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances, and also operates the region’s only adult Burn Center.

  • July 16, 2020
    During the peak of the spring 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, MedStar Health conducted more than 4,500 telehealth encounters each weekday to ensure safe and efficient care for our patients, providers, and communities. By May 1, the system had reached the significant milestone of more than 100,000 telehealth sessions delivered in total during the pandemic.
  • July 16, 2020
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $976,679 to MedStar Health to provide additional support for the exponential growth of the system’s telehealth offerings in response to COVID-19. As of early July, MedStar Health had delivered more than 275,000 telehealth sessions during the pandemic.
  • June 25, 2020

    Initially established in January 2016, the MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)’s Mobile Simulation Lab has played a critical role in MedStar Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the system prepared for a possible surge of coronavirus patients in spring 2020, MedStar SiTEL’s Mobile Simulation Lab traveled to numerous MedStar Health hospitals in April to prepare clinicians from other specialties to work in intensive care through a hands-on “ICU Provider Mobile Bootcamp.”

    The Mobile Sim Lab is a fully-equipped, 40-foot truck-based simulation laboratory with two simulation bays that can hold up to six learners each, two control rooms, and a group debriefing space. During the ICU Provider Mobile Bootcamp, MedStar Health providers prepared for potential redeployment in ICU settings by reviewing the latest in ventilator management, personal protective equipment use, and other equipment and treatment strategies, including provider-to-provider eConsults made possible by the MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center. 

    Between April 9 and April 23, the Mobile Sim Lab travelled to five locations throughout Washington, D.C., and Maryland, reaching 138 providers from six MedStar Health hospitals including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. 

    When an emergency comes up like this, we’re ready to go,” said Dr. John Yosaitis, medical director of MedStar SiTEL and the ICU boot camp director, as quoted by WTOP. In talking about MedStar SiTEL’s Mobile Sim Lab, he added, “It can go anywhere. We have 10 hospitals and over 300 ambulatory care centers in MedStar, and we take it all over to bring a sim-center, to bring training to the associates.” 

    Learn more on our related Featured Projects page, and in a sampling of news coverage about how the MedStar SiTEL Mobile Sim Lab helped the system respond to COVID-19:

    Please note: General MI2 website updates were paused in recent months as our team focused on the COVID-19 response. As we resume updates in late June 2020, we are ensuring that select historic milestones that have passed are still represented in our newsroom. 

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