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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May 28, 2019
Annual Event Honors Survivors, Loved Ones and Highlights Ongoing Challenges
About 600 cancer survivors, their caregivers and their loved ones will gather June 2 for the 5th annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon, an event hosted by the MedStar Health Cancer Network that highlights the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face and honors their journey in treatment. Read more.
May 24, 2019
BALTIMORE—MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has become the first hospital in the state to offer the latest technology for delivering precision radiotherapy cancer treatment that enhances the ability to protect surrounding tissue, reduces the risk of side effects and improves outcomes. The new machine uses image guidance to shape radiation beams to precisely match the shape of the tumor, while delivering therapy in as little as five minutes.
Paul B. Fowler, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist and chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, compared the leap in technology to how laparoscopic techniques have revolutionized surgery. “It works at lightning speed compared to what we could do before,” Dr. Fowler said. “It can prevent radiation from reaching a part of the body that we don’t want to treat, with improved accuracy. The speed of treatment and the machine’s design significantly enhance patient comfort as well. It is truly revolutionary.”
The machine is the latest in robust offerings at the MedStar Good Samaritan cancer center, known as the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus. After a $1.75 million renovation, the center opened in last year with 16 oncology experts, a state-of-the-art infusion center, a newly renovated breast center, an onsite oncology pharmacy, a clinical trials program, and screening and prevention programs including 3-D mammograms, lung CT scans, and smoking cessation classes.
Dozens of patients have been treated with the machine at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital since last October. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center also began treating patients with its own machine in March. Oncologists from around the world have come to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to study the machine.
For more information on cancer services at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, please call 443-348-8366.
About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 224-bed community teaching facility, located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore. Since 1968, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has provided compassionate, high-quality care to the community. Recognized as a specialty center for rehabilitation, our services also include geriatrics, diabetes care, cancer care, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, vascular care, wellness, and hyperbaric medicine and wound healing. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.
May 22, 2019
May 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C., – Physicians and hospital staff are celebrating the first 100 patients treated at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center, the first and only center of its kind in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area. Proton therapy is the latest cancer-fighting technology designed to shrink some previously untreatable tumors.
The proton therapy system used by radiation oncologists at MedStar Georgetown is the most advanced cancer treatment technology currently available. Using pencil beam scanning (PBS) and HYPERSCAN™ technology, physicians can precisely target tumors anywhere in the body with minimal exposure to healthy tissues. This is especially beneficial for younger patients, who have a higher likelihood of living many years after their cancer has been cured.
“With conventional radiation, when we aim at a target, there’s full dose radiation in front of the target and full dose radiation beyond the target. With the protons, they can stop in the center of the tumor,” says Brian Collins, MD, clinical director of the Proton Therapy Center.
“There are certain types of cancer where you have to deliver a very high dose of radiation right next to a critical structure like the spinal cord or brainstem,” says Radiation Oncologist Sonali Rudra, MD, “So, for some patients, proton therapy might be their only radiation treatment option.”
The center’s 100th patient, Kathleen Norris of Lexington Park, Maryland, began receiving proton therapy treatments in April for her inoperable lung cancer. Proton therapy helps Norris’ care team avoid targeting critical nearby organs, like the heart, that may be damaged by conventional x-ray radiation. Norris says she’s thankful for the opportunity to fight her cancer battle with cutting-edge tools never-before available in her area.
“This proton is so advanced. It was able to hit my cancer without damaging my other tissues and it could avoid my heart. I’m so glad. The tumor has already shrunk by forty percent,” Norris said. “I’ve done really well. I’ve been very lucky.”
In March 2018, Martha Ramos, a mother of two from Germantown, Maryland, became the first patient treated by doctors at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Proton Therapy Center. Before treatment, Ramos underwent multiple operations to remove a non-cancerous recurring brain tumor. Some cells deep in the brain could not be removed in surgery. Proton therapy eradicated those remaining cells and preserved her quality of life.
“I want to have more time to be a mom to my children. I want to be very healthy so I can be there for them and help them in life,” Ramos said after treatment. “I am very, very grateful that my medical team at MedStar Georgetown told me about proton therapy. I now look forward to a long and happy life.”
Since proton therapy was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1988, over 75,000 patients have been treated at only about 30 centers across the United States. Now, patients have access to this state-of-the-art technology in Washington D.C.,
May 21, 2019
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been awarded an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing the hospital’s superior efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This is the second consecutive cycle in which the hospital has earned top marks.
The Leapfrog Group is a national 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.
“Our top priority is always the safety of our patients. MedStar St. Mary Hospital’s Medical Staff and associates work tirelessly to create a safe environment for all,” said Christine R. Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary’s.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers, and clinicians who work 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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the 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. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. 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.