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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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  • May 10, 2019

    Revolutionary Lung Valve is First FDA-Approved Breathing Aid Without Major Surgery

    BALTIMORE— The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema to breathe easier.

    Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, FACP, DAABIP, board certified in interventional pulmonology, is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus, to see if  the breakthrough medical device is right for them. “There is no surgery involved,” he said. “Using a bronchoscope, we place valves, into a lobe of the lung under anesthesia.” 

    More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

    Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

    “This approach represents a major advancement in treating patients who have been living very compromised lives, most for a long time, and we’re doing it without surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “There’s no cure for emphysema and once medical therapy has achieved maximum medical benefit, the remaining current treatment options have been invasive lung surgery. This is revolutionary alternative to achieve lung volume reduction using a minimally invasive approach. It’s life changing, and I’m very excited that here at the Angelos Center, we can offer it to the patients who qualify.”

    Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling:  443-777-2467.

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    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

  • May 07, 2019
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center Patients Will Benefit from Increased Access to the Nation’s Leading Experts and Research
  • May 01, 2019
    This March, the 2019 MedStar Health Emergency Department Innovation Challenge invited MedStar associates whose main job responsibilities focus on the ED—including nurses, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, techs, security, social workers, and any others—to submit ideas individually or in teams of up to five people that could change their ED shift. 
  • April 29, 2019

    Washington, D.C.,– Thanks to an inspiring multimillion-dollar philanthropic investment from the Bernstein Family, which includes Wilma and Stuart Bernstein, Richard Bernstein, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, and Lisa and Josh Bernstein and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, as well as Nancy and Marc Duber, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bernstein Companies real estate firm, the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will be home to the Bernstein Family Patient Care Floor for Neuroscience Excellence.

     

    Currently under construction, the facility’s design puts patient care and comfort at the forefront while promoting the very latest best practices in neurological care. Incorporating the most advanced medical technologies, the floor will be home to 52 patient beds in tranquil patient rooms, and both intensive care and intermediate care units.

    “We are so very grateful to the Bernstein family for their generous gift, which will make a real and lasting impact for our patients and caregivers helping us to bring the world class care we deliver to a new world class, state-of-the-art facility,” says Michael C. Sachtleben, president of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and a senior vice president for MedStar Health.

    For former U.S. Ambassador Stuart Bernstein and Mrs. Bernstein, this partnership was motivated by gratitude for their personal experiences with two leading clinicians at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “At the Department of Neurology, my family experienced true excellence in care,” says Ambassador Bernstein. “Our philanthropic investment is intended to promote the life-changing work that MedStar Georgetown clinicians perform each day—and in doing so, to support the health and well-being of our community.”

    As business and property owners in Georgetown, the Bernstein Family is especially excited to have the Hospital’s new Medical/Surgical Pavilion in their neighborhood. It will represent a new standard in how patients receive their care by offering private patient rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, a beautiful new green space to enhance the patient experience and compliment the healing environment, and a brand-new Emergency Department which will double in size and provide a more accessible, efficient and welcoming community resource for Georgetown residents and businesses.

    One of the visionary partners, Mr. Duber, member of the board of directors and chair of the Philanthropy Committee at MedStar Health, along with his wife Nancy Duber, hope that this philanthropic investment will inspire others to partner with MedStar Georgetown. “The Medical/ Surgical Pavilion is an opportunity to support MedStar Georgetown at a pivotal moment in its long history,” says Marc Duber. “From growing our local health resources to facilitating broad-reaching research breakthroughs, this expansion is a cause worth cheering.”

    To see more, including architectural renderings of the new pavilion, please visit MedStarGeorgetown.org/NewBuilding.

  • April 19, 2019

    BALTIMORE — Nine Baltimore organizations, seven candid people, and four expert panelists with one common goal will bring mental health issues Out of Stigma’s Shadow, in a public forum as part of the Stoop Storytelling series, May 21st at 7 p.m., at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

    In partnership with MedStar Health, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Magazine, Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore, Catholic Charities, Jewish Community Services, Maryland Faith Health Network, and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Metro Baltimore, and Stoop Storytelling, the free event will feature seven individuals sharing their personal stories of struggle and challenges from living with mental health conditions, followed by a panel of four high profile mental health experts, who will provide insight, counsel, and mental health tips. The panel will be moderated by WYPR radio On the Record host, Sheilah Kast. Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Letitia Dzirasa, M.D., will deliver opening remarks.

    “Speaking openly about the issues is the first step to overcoming the stigma associated with mental health disease,” said Renz Juaneza, M.D., a psychiatrist with MedStar Health. “Until then, a burden of shame, blame and injustices will continue to be obstacles in getting appropriate resources and help.”

    “Many in our communities suffer daily with issues of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other mental health disorders,” said Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, executive director for Jewish Community Services. “Out of Stigma’s Shadow is a unique opportunity to educate, raise awareness and reduce the barriers to seeking treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. Jewish Community Services is pleased and proud to partner with so many diverse experts.”

    Panelists:

    • Renz Juaneza, M.D. Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    • Stacey Meadows, LCSW-C, Manager, Child & Family Therapy, Jewish Community Services
    • Kay Jamison, M.A., Ph.D. Co-Director, Mood Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine; author, “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness”
    • Bishop Kevin Daniels, Ph.D, DMin, LGSW, St. Martin’s Church

    For more information and to reserve your seat, visit https://bit.do/OOSS or call 410-843-7547.

    About MedStar Health MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

  • April 18, 2019

    Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States

    Columbia, MD The MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety (MIQS) is partnering with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors are quickly becoming a leading cause of death and injury to people across the globe.  Preventable harm is ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States and the fourteenth worldwide.

    The mission of the 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.  Although still young, the Institute is already achieving international recognition for its shared leadership model that reflects a genuine partnership between leaders, front line caregivers, patients, and family members. Through this shared leadership model and with six synergistic Centers of Expertise the Institute is improving outcomes and the delivery of care, both within MedStar Health and via strategic partnerships that impact health care across the world.

    As a Partner, MIQS will work in alignment with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals:

    1. Spreading the PSMF’s mission and vision to MIQS members and network.
    2. Participating in the PSMF’s Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) workgroups and helping to identify subject matter experts to contribute to the development of aligned topics. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. Culture of Safety
      2. Falls & Fall Prevention
      3. Patient Safety Curriculum
      4. Person and Family Engagement
    3. Annually disseminating the PSMF’s APSS to MIQS members and network.
    4. Jointly partnering and supporting projects around related patient safety topics of interest (i.e. MIQS’s Six Centers of Expertise)
      1. Center for Open, Honest Communication (i.e. CANDOR)
      2. Center for Engaging Patients as Partners (i.e. PSMF to support ongoing MIQS projects around PFE; MIQS to participate in the PSMF’s PFE workgroup)
      3. International Training Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery (i.e. MIQS to provide the PSMF with annual updates regarding work with the World Patient Blood Management Network)
      4. Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare
      5. Center for Healthcare Narratives (i.e. PSMF to disseminate “Please See Me” narrative to members and network; MIQS to link related patient stories around preventable medical errors)
      6. Center for Integrated Healthcare Learning (i.e. MIQS to participate in the PSMF’s Patient Safety Curriculum workgroup)
    5. Staying in touch regarding upcoming events, educational opportunities and speaking engagements pertaining to either parties. (PSMF’s Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit)

    “At the MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety, we understand the power of shared learning,” said David Mayer, MD, Executive Director, MIQS.“We look forward to working closely with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation to help eliminate preventable patient deaths together.”

    More than 4.8 million people worldwide and 200,000 people in U.S. hospitals die every year in hospitals from errors that could have been prevented. Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer, and cost close to $1.44 trillion in the U.S. alone. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit that is working with all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers such as insurance companies. Their mission and public commitment is to eliminate preventable patient deaths in-hospitals. Their annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit presents specific, actionable solutions to meet patient safety challenges and highlights the hospitals’ commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions and medical technology companies that have pledged to share data. Through the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s network of committed hospitals, they have saved close to 100,000 lives in 2018 alone.

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    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 care givers, 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
    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

    About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
    More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 4.8 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit which creates free tools for patients and hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward ZERO preventable deaths. Visit patientsafetymovement.org.

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