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.
November 05, 2018Health Affairs: Identifying Electronic Health Record Usability And Safety Challenges In Pediatric SettingsOn Nov. 5, 2018, the health policy journal Health Affairs published an article by MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and its collaborators titled, “Identifying Electronic Health Record Usability and Safety Challenges in Pediatric Settings.”
November 02, 2018
Patients Can Receive Fresh Produce for Eight Weeks
BALTIMORE—(November 2, 2018)—Some MedStar Health patients may be discharged from the hospital with a prescription for healthy food – with a free home delivery of fresh produce for eight weeks.
Under a pilot program launched in October called Food is Medicine – Harvest RX, patients can be signed up by a community health advocate for a bi-weekly box of produce provided by Hungry Harvest. A typical box will contain fresh vegetables, fruits and grains, estimated to build four to eight meals. Patients can also be signed up for longer-term healthy food programs such as Meals on Wheels and the government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Another partner, the American Heart Association, will train MedStar Health community health advocates on nutritional guidelines and eating healthy on a budget so that they may offer advice to patients.
The goal of the program is to help fill gaps in nutrition and food access that may impact the overall health of patients.
“We know that food plays a huge role in one’s overall ability to be healthy,” said Ryan B. Moran, the director of community health for MedStar Health’s three Baltimore City hospitals. “For instance, if the patient is a diabetic and goes home without the ability to eat well, they’re going to end up back in the hospital. The goal is not just signing people up for the eight-week program, it’s for our community health advocates to also work on long-term, sustainable solutions.”
The project was funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation, which will support 350 patients to join the program at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Separate donations from two individuals will support a 50-patient program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
The community around MedStar Harbor Hospital is known as a food opportunity zone.
“In our most recent community health needs assessment, food access came up as one of the top community needs,” Moran said. “That’s really driven by the South Baltimore area being a place where access to fresh produce and supermarkets is limited.”
MedStar Health began screening patients this fall for social determinants of health such as food security during emergency room or doctors visits, then connects the patients with community health advocates who can help them sign up for government, private and non-profit assistance programs. Patients who are identified as being in need of food assistance during the screening can be signed up for the Food is Medicine – Harvest RX program. MedStar Health is also exploring ways to track the effectiveness of the pilot program through a research study.
“PNC is committed to serving the people and communities where we live and work,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “Supporting the Food is Medicine – Harvest RX program is one of the ways we invest in communities to help families and individuals with the resources they need to become self-sufficient. Additionally, this is another great way to support our local businesses.”
“MedStar's Harvest RX program lives at the crossroads of common sense and compassionate care,” said Stacy Carroll, director of sales and partnerships at Hungry Harvest. “By supplying their patients with the fresh fruits and veggies they need to achieve wellness and create a healthy eating routine, they are not only providing exceptional care to their patients, but helping local farmers better connect fresh food with people in need. It's a win for the patient, for our farmers, and for a healthier Baltimore.”
About MedStar Harbor Hospital
After more than a century of healing, MedStar Harbor Hospital is a mainstay in the community, serving patients from Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties at our convenient waterside location, with the services of a large, regional medical center in a smaller, more personal environment. With more than 350 affiliated physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,200 associates, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. From general medicine and surgery, obstetrics, diabetes, pain management, arthritis, orthopaedics, and geriatrics to cardiology and urology, and now behavioral health, our team of caring physicians and associates serves the unique needs of every patient.
In 2016, MedStar Harbor Hospital was named a top hospital in Maryland and in the Baltimore metro area by U.S. News & World Report, receiving high performance ratings in specialty areas, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Gynecology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Heart Failure, Pulmonology, and Orthopaedics.
October 31, 2018
Dr. Kritis Dasgupta Also Named Associate Medical Director, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
BALTIMORE— Advancing its enduring tradition of high quality acute inpatient rehabilitation, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in October named Kritis Dasgupta, MD, MBA, MSc to lead its integrated programs in the Baltimore region of MedStar Health.
Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a sub-specialty in brain injury medicine, Dr. Dasgupta has been with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital for a decade and most recently served as medical director of its brain injury program and medical director of quality and safety.
The legacy of MedStar Good Samaritan’s high performing rehab program began nearly 50 years ago. Through the years, the program has provided compassionate, evidence-based, multidisciplinary rehabilitation for an estimated 40,000 patients whose lives have been altered by stroke, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and more.
The MedStar Good Samaritan inpatient rehab training program has produced hundreds of clinicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychology, nursing and therapy.
“The history of this hospital, and its commitment to physical medicine and rehabilitation, is very compelling here at MedStar Good Sam,” Dr. Dasgupta said. “It’s a very valuable part of our continuum of care at MedStar Health. I look forward to developing greater integration and synergy between this program and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network to achieve a world-class rehabilitation service line serving a broad population.”
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is in the midst of a $17.5 million rebuild of its inpatient rehabilitation facility that is expected to be complete in fall 2019. The space will encompass 60,000 square feet on the 5th floor of the main hospital and include private patient rooms, a low stimulation gym, a room for patients to explore smart home devices, and other features.
“At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, we are very excited to have Dr. Kritis Dasgupta join our inpatient rehabilitation team as we head into the next phase of our 50-year history serving the Baltimore community,” said Kevin C. Platt, administrative director of rehabilitation for the Baltimore region of MedStar Health. “Dr. Dasgupta brings an amazing skill set to the campus, which includes impressive accomplishments in the areas of quality and safety, evidence-based health care, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, medical residency education, and physician leadership. With our state-of-the-art center set to open next year, the timing of Dr. Dasgupta’s arrival is ideal to help lead us into the exciting future for our program.”
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program was previously led by Scott Lepre, MD, who oversaw the rebuilding of the program after it separated from Johns Hopkins Medicine in June 2017.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Dasgupta join our team, and thank Scott Lepre, MD, for his leadership during the transition of the rehabilitation program at MedStar Good Sam,” said John Rockwood, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network president. “Dr. Lepre’s commitment to the rehabilitation team and his expert care of his patients helped us begin to build a world-class rehabilitation program for the greater Baltimore community.”
Dr. Dasgupta previously served as an attending physician at MedStar NRH in Washington, D.C., He was also the medical director of brain injury at Adventist Health Care System in Rockville, Md. In 2018, Dr. Dasgupta received MedStar NRH’s Team Member of the Year Award.
Dr. Dasgupta received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University; his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine; his MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; and his MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care from University of Oxford. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his brain injury medicine fellowship at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Medical Center. He is an associate professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Georgetown University Medical School.
For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.
October 29, 2018
Cornerback Brandon Carr Distributes HOPE Kits & Wigs
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr lifted the spirits of women receiving breast cancer treatment at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center today, with a special visit that included fellowship, the distribution of HOPE Kits, and the presentation of custom-designed, natural hair wigs for three women.
Carr’s mother, Kathy Carr, died of breast cancer at the age of 59 in 2014 following a long battle with the disease. Carr spent a lot of time with each patient after speaking about losing his mother, whom he said was everything to him.
“She was my rock, and it took me some time to get here to this point where I could stand here in front of you and talk about her without getting the floor all wet from crying,” Carr said at the event.
The kits come from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s HOPE Kit program. The kits are filled with items to comfort and encourage patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, including fuzzy socks, tea, lotion and educational resources.
A hair restoration expert joined Carr for the special visit and brought along the custom wig and fitted one of the patients. She then styled her hair. Susan, the patient, was laughing as she brushed hair away from her forehead and exclaimed, “Oh I have hair in my eyes.”
Another breast cancer patient who was receiving her final radiation treatment that day said she knows Carr’s mother must be “shining down and so proud of her son.”
Two more patients received custom wigs at the Ravens’ Owings Mills complex later on Oct. 29. At the complex, Baltimore Ravens players and representatives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation assembled 150 additional kits for breast cancer patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
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.
October 29, 2018
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation teamed up with the Carter Foundation for the fourth consecutive year in an initiative to eliminate patient deaths and awarded three hospitals based on their commitment to save the most lives. The prize is a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter. This year's top three hospitals are: 1. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). Saved 225 lives. 2. Parrish Medical Center (Titusville, Fla.). Saved 110 lives. 3. Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City.). Saved 75 lives. Read more.
October 26, 2018
Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is making it even easier to stay healthy this winter with a Drive-Thru Community Flu Vaccination Clinic to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be offered on the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital campus under the breezeway in front of the Outpatient Pavilion behind the main hospital.
A $10 donation is requested for each vaccination, and insurance/Medicare will not be accepted. The Afluria Quadrivalent vaccine will be available to individuals 18 and older and will be administered by our staff. The quadrivalent vaccine is designed to protect against 2 influenza A strain viruses and 2 influenza B strain viruses. This vaccine is not suitable for any individuals who have an allergy to any components of the vaccine, including egg proteins or those who have previously suffered an allergic reaction to any influenza vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season brought large numbers of patients to outpatient clinics and emergency department for influenza-like illnesses for an extended period of time. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for everyone six months and older.
Call 301-475-6019 for more information about the Drive-Thru Community Flu Vaccination Clinic.
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.