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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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  • November 13, 2019
    Virginia Tech has announced that its team will collaborate with the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare on a newly-awarded, multi-year Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance care by developing novel statistical methods to analyze unstructured text in patient safety event reports and to identify temporal trends and patterns in the data.
  • November 12, 2019

    WASHINGTON – MedStar Health Home Care is one of the top performing home health agencies in the U.S. according to the 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list. The Top Agency award signifies MedStar Health Home Care’s District of Columbia agency  as among the top 25% of Medicare-certified home healthcare providers across the nation when it comes to quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), best practices implementation and financial performance. MedStar Health Home Care is one of 8,818 agencies that were evaluated, and one of just 2,207 winners.

    Top Agency rankings are developed by ABILITY® Network—an information technology company, and is sponsored by DecisionHealth (part of the H3.Group). The organization also provides Top 100 and Top 500 agency awards annually. For an agency to be considered, it must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

    “The leaders and clinical team members at our D.C. agency work very hard to provide a high level of care and quality to their patients,” said Traci Anderson, MedStar Health Home Care President. “I am very proud of the agency for earning this elite honor for the eighth year in a row, which is certainly a testament to their dedication, consistency, and focus on our mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”

    In addition to its Washington location, MedStar Health Home Care has agencies in Maryland and northern Virginia. It is one of the region’s oldest and largest home healthcare organizations and is the only home healthcare company in the MedStar Health system.

    For more information on MedStar Health Home Care, visit MedStarVNA.org. For the full 2019 HomeCare Elite agency list or to learn more about the ABILITY Network, visit AbilityNetwork.com/HomeCare-Elite.

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    About MedStar Health Home Care

    MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

  • November 11, 2019

    Leonardtown, Maryland  – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been awarded an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s superior efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the third consecutive cycle in which the hospital has earned top marks.

    The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms.

    “Patient safety is our top priority. Our Medical Staff and associates are dedicated to creating a safe environment for all,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, FACHE, chief operating officer and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s.

    “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level—from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors—and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

    Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and results are free to the public. Visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org to learn more.

    About The Leapfrog Group

    Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

     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.

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