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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 18, 2019

    Teaming up with MedStar Health, players with the Washington Capitals decked the halls and spread holiday cheer with sick patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Donning Santa hats and elf ears, and accompanied by team mascot Slapshot, the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup champions delivered team gear to inpatient units where children will be hospitalized for the holidays and worked on festive art projects with children and their families in the outpatient clinic.    

    “We bring the kids a smile, that’s what it’s all about,” said team captain Alex Ovechkin, wearing reindeer antlers. “We really appreciate these kids and their families supporting us and we try to support them.”

    In an assist by Tracy’s Kids and the Hope for Henry Foundation, kids, their siblings and the players enjoyed a party, decorated a giant gingerbread house, made sparkly ornaments and were treated to an array of Caps gear that the players eagerly autographed.

    Washington_Capitals_Visit_2019_infant_with_cap_hat_onTracy Councill, director of MedStar Georgetown’s art therapy program, Tracy’s Kids said, “Immersing themselves in art while being treated here helps kids understand they’re not alone.  They make friends, work on an art project and can be with other kids going through similar things.”

    Goalie Braden Holtby, up to his Caps jersey shirtsleeves in glitter while decorating an ornament with a young patient said, “Many of these families have so much happening that we can’t even imagine.  I hope our visit makes it a little easier.”

    “Many of these children are sick for so long,” said Laurie Strongin, founder and CEO of Hope for Henry, a foundation named after her son Henry who died at MedStar Georgetown 17 years ago and provides everything from parties to laptops for sick and hospitalized children.  “While medical care is critical to their survival, ensuring their quality of life is also necessary for healing.  A visit from the Capitals helps provide entertaining distractions and allows kids to forget about their illness and just be kids for the day.”

    Washington_Capitals_Lars_Eller_and_Hope_for_Henry_Founder_CEO_Laurie_Strongin_with_patientsIngrid Durand, big sister to her seven-month old brother who recently received a liver transplant at MedStar Georgetown also got to enjoy the festivities.  “It’s hard to believe we’re actually seeing the Caps after all the things we’ve been through. I think it’s a relief.”

    Ingrid’s dad Bart Durand appreciates that the Caps players would take the time to engage with the kids.  “It brings joy to the families. To see their heroes on the ice in person is just great.  I’m sure they’ll never forget it.”

    Mary Durand says events like this really help brighten the spirits of families dealing with complex medical issues. “When you’ve been through hardship the bright spots mean a lot.  We’re learning to appreciate the bright spots so much more and we just hang on to the joy that comes with it.”

     

     

     

  • December 17, 2019
    The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare just announced the publication of two new studies in a press release titled, “New Research Reinforces Importance of Reporting and Collaboration to Prevent Patient Harm in Electronic Health Record Systems” (EHRs).
  • December 12, 2019

    Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar Health is pleased to announce the affiliation of Arthur Greenwood, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist, at MedStar Medical Group Women’s Health in Leonardtown (formerly Southern Maryland Women’s Healthcare). 

    Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Greenwood received his Doctor of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. After a career serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Greenwood comes to Southern Maryland by way of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., where he was the medical director of OB/GYN services at Langley Women’s Health Clinic working alongside Lauren Ervin, DNP, CNM, certified nurse midwife now also practicing at MMG Women’s Health. Dr. Greenwood and his wife enjoy taking their daughter to ice skating lessons and competitions, as well as spending time with horses and watching their six-year-old learn to ride.

    “As an obstetrician, I enjoy working closely with expectant patients to learn about their needs and desires for childbirth. I understand the birth process is not about me—it’s a life-changing experience for the parents, and I’m fortunate to be allowed to experience their joy,” said Dr. Greenwood. “Through my work as a gynecologist, it’s very rewarding to work with women to address medical issues they’ve been dealing with for months, even years, and restore them to a normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.”

    Dr. Greenwood joins a committed practice caring for women through every stage of life—from pregnancy to menopause and beyond. The team includes Lisa Polko, MD, now focusing exclusively on gynecology; midwives committed to “high touch, low intervention” care; and nurse practitioners to address many health needs.

    MedStar Medical Group Women’s Health is located at 41680 Miss Bessie Dr., Suite 102 in Leonardtown, Maryland. To learn more or make an appointment, call 301-997-1788.

    About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

    MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

  • December 12, 2019

    MedStar Health is proud to announce that a new device, invented by Tiffany Morris, RN, BSN, a MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center nurse, received the Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant from digital manufacturing leader, Protolabs. This news, shared in a press release by Protolabs, is a celebration of the “innovative ideas our MedStar Health associates have to treat people and advance health,” said Stephen Kinsey, director of MedStar Inventor Services at MedStar Institute for Innovation, which partnered with Tiffany in the development of the device. 

    MedStar Health’s gravity feed syringe holder offers a new alternative to what can be a time and labor intensive process of feeding newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Currently, a nurse must hold a syringe above an incubator by hand while milk or liquid formula drains into the baby via a stomach tube. The device illustrated the premise that simple, elegant solutions can have a substantial impact on patient care. With the use of the compact device, a gravity feed syringe can be suspended from the top of the incubator, freeing the nurse to manage other duties while still attending to the baby during feeding.

    The Protolabs grant, which provides in-kind manufacturing services to support development of medical products, was used to iterate and advance Tiffany’s design. Now with added elements to ensure safety and ease of use, the holder design has also been adjusted to accommodate a variety of syringe sizes and to attach to an IV pole, expanding its potential use beyond the NICU.  

    The Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant is an extension of Protolabs’ signature Cool Idea Award. It is open to members of the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovations Alliance—a network of healthcare organizations focused on innovation that includes MedStar Health as a founding partner.

    To learn more about the award and early-stage device, read the full press release here. For more on how MedStar Inventor Services is transforming the innovative ideas of MedStar Health associates from concept to reality, read about our work here, which includes the team’s MInnovations program that helped identify and advance this innovation and many others from MedStar nurses. 

  • November 26, 2019
    Doctors Use Toe Bone to Straighten Forearm and Prepare Future for Thumb Construction
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