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.
October 17, 2019MedStar Health Awarded Patient Safety Learning Lab Grant From AHRQ to Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women
Columbia, MD – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a $2.5 million grant to MedStar Health for its transdisciplinary research team to design and develop a patient safety learning laboratory that will focus on cardiovascular disease in women.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. and costs nearly a billion dollars a day in annual healthcare costs and lost productivity. Errors in the diagnosis, treatment, and communication of cardiovascular disease disproportionately impact women, as they are nearly twice as likely as men to receive the wrong initial diagnosis following a heart attack. Furthermore, women are 30 percent more likely to have stroke symptoms misdiagnosed in the emergency department. Even when accurately diagnosed, women are less likely to receive timely evidence-based treatments.
Led by researchers from the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab, and MedStar Health Research Institute, the MedStar Health Patient Safety Learning Lab will apply a systems engineering approach to understand the factors contributing to diagnostic error in women with cardiovascular disease and then design and test methods to reduce errors. The Lab will focus on the ambulatory care setting and involve patients, physicians, nurses, and other providers working in partnership with the research team. The overall goal of the project is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of women with cardiovascular disease to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs of care.
The four-year project will be led by Christine A. Goeschel, ScD, RN, assistant vice president, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare and John Yosaitis, MD, medical director, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab. The research team includes providers from the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute and MedStar Medical Group as well as the research team from The Center for Health Design, a non-profit organization based in California.
The grant is part of a larger AHRQ initiative to support the development of innovative learning laboratories where teams work to address significant patient safety-related challenges.
About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line caregivers, patients, and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.
About MedStar Health
At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.
October 17, 2019AHRQ’s New Health IT Research Year in Review Report Features MedStar Health Human Factors Research and OutcomesThis October, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its Health Information Technology Research 2018 Year in Review, including overviews and outcomes of AHRQ-funded work awarded to MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and led by the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (Center).
October 16, 2019Technology designed to enable early and accurate detection of lung nodules
October 15, 2019
LEONARDTOWN, MD— A decade of innovation, collaboration, and growth: this month marks 10 years since the merger of St. Mary’s Hospital with MedStar Health. In October 2009, the 97-year-old hospital joined the regional not-for-profit healthcare system that, today, cares for millions of patients annually. MedStar Health’s 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians are committed to living the core SPIRIT values: Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork.
“As the only hospital in St. Mary’s County and its largest private employer, we joined MedStar Health to ensure we could meet the needs of our rapidly-expanding community,” said Christine R. Wray, FACHE, president of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “And as a member of MedStar Health, we have been able to recruit top-notch providers, invest even more in our workforce, refer patients to a vast network of excellent regional centers, and continue innovating for our patients and associates,
among other benefits.”
Planned for early 2020, the hospital’s next major system move is a transition to MedConnect — the unified electronic health record system that allows patients’ health data to be accessed from any MedStar Health facility, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, and ambulatory centers. This secure advancement provides a continuity of care that makes appointments more efficient, with providers having real-time access to a patient’s imaging, past laboratory results, and other vital health information.
“MedConnect is a great example of the power we harness as MedStar Health,” said Wray. “This benefits our patients, who get even safer care through these innovations.”
Founded in 1912, the hospital has expanded far beyond its original footprint in a home on Fenwick Street. In addition to 24-hour emergency, acute inpatient, and outpatient care, MedStar St. Mary’s is home to specialty physician offices, imaging services, behavioral health care, women’s health services, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, community health classes, and much more. Through MedStar Transport, patients in need of higher levels of care may also be transferred quickly by helicopter to locations including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, or MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.
“We are very proud of the hospital’s role in our community and all that we’ve accomplished together,” Wray said. “We look forward to new advancements with the same commitment to compassionate, high-quality care that our associates and clinicians have always held.”
October 14, 2019PNC Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant
October 09, 2019The two-year contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will fund work and expertise related to building capacity to improve diagnostic safety and clinical quality