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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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  • September 26, 2018

    Columbia, MD (September 26, 2018) — The MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety is pleased to announce the appointment of six new faculty members. Individuals with faculty appointments join a diverse community of patient safety and healthcare quality advocates and leaders who are developing and implementing programs that advance healthcare quality and ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, their families and healthcare staff.

    The six new faculty appointments consist of three core appointments and three associate appointments. Core Faculty make substantial time commitments to advancing the mission of the Institute and represent local, national and international leaders in quality, patient safety, healthcare education, patient advocacy, and policy development. Associate Faculty are employees or credentialed staff affiliated with MedStar Health who are subject matter experts and seasoned practitioners who are advancing their expertise in the areas of healthcare quality and safety. 

    The six new Institute faculty members are:

    Core Faculty:

    • Bonnie Levin, PharmD, MBA, assistant vice president, Pharmacy Services, MedStar Health
    • Nargiz Muganlinskaya, MD, MMS, FACP, associate program director, MedStar Health Internal Medicine Residency
    • Emilie Murray, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, attending physician and patient safety operations coordinator, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

    Associate Faculty:

    • Cory Feldman, BS, administrative officer, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • Tony Calabria, MA, CPHQ, CSSBB, clinical quality & regulatory programs director, MedStar Health
    • Lynne Karanfil, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC, director for Infection Prevention, MedStar Health

     “Each new faculty member brings to the Institute a unique background, expertise and passion for making health care safer,” said David Mayer, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health. “We are extremely honored to welcome this diverse and accomplished team of faculty to our Institute. As faculty members, they will be able to further enhance their individual knowledge and skill while collaborating with international leaders in the fields of patient safety and clinical quality.”


    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  

    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

  • September 18, 2018
    Patients with Hepatitis C Can Safely Receive Kidneys from Hepatitis C-Positive Donors, then be Cured of the Virus
  • September 12, 2018
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    James Spies, MD, MPH, and chair of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Radiology, has been chosen to receive the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Gold Medal, the Society’s highest honor. The Gold Medal is awarded to individuals who, through outstanding achievement, advance the quality of patient care while also ensuring the future of interventional radiology.

    Dr. Spies joined MedStar Georgetown in 1997 after working in private practice and serving four years in the United States Air Force. His practice and research in Uterine Embolization for fibroids has received acclaim internationally, where he is recognized as an authority on the procedure. Spies has published over 100 scientific studies and delivered more than 400 invited presentations on the topic which he continues to study at Georgetown, along with several other areas of interventional radiology.

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    “The Society of Interventional Radiology has been my professional home for 30 years and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to help advance the patient care our specialty provides,” Spies said. “I am truly honored to receive this award and, when I reflect on its past recipients, am humbled to be counted among them.”

    Before receiving the Gold Medal, Dr. Spies has sat on many SIR committees, serving as chair of the SIR Foundation from 2006 to 2008 and SIR President from 2014 to 2015. According to SIR, only 60 individuals have ever been honored with a Gold Medal. The award will be presented during the SIR 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas, which runs March 23rd through 28th.

  • September 11, 2018
    Experts with MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have leveraged their past research into the safety and usability of electronic health records (EHRs) to join with The Pew Charitable Trusts in offering recommendations to the federal government for making the health IT systems safer for children, whose unique needs make them particularly vulnerable to documented EHR usability and patient safety issues. 
  • September 05, 2018
    On August 28, 2018, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a landmark report providing important criteria to support usability and safety throughout the EHR life cycle.
  • August 23, 2018

    The Recognition is the Highest Honor for Nursing Excellence in the Country


    BALTIMORE—(August 23, 2018)— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has earned Magnet redesignation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet Recognition Program – the highest level of recognition a nursing program can achieve in the United States. Only three percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned the honor.

    The Magnet designation honors medical facilities with the highest standards of patient care and innovation. Only six percent of hospitals nationwide, or less than 500, have achieved it. Only five other hospitals in Maryland are Magnet hospitals.

    During an amplified phone call in the hospital’s Kotzen auditorium, Brian Selig, vice-chair of the nurse magnet designation for the commission, informed an audience of nurses that a survey revealed visible and trusted nursing leadership at MedStar Franklin Square. Additionally, he cited the family-oriented hospital culture, commitment to quality and interdisciplinary teamwork, combined with a strong reputation that keeps nurses working at the hospital for decades. 

    Pictured: Maureen McCausland, Debbie Kisner, and Samuel Moskowitz

    “The data that you provided outperformed your vendor's national benchmark one-hundred percent of the time for all eight quarters. Some really exceptional work there,” he said.

    “Patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center should know the care they receive is rated among the highest in the country,” said Debbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC the hospital’s vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer. “This is the third time MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been honored with this designation and we know it’s because of the hard work, great attitude, and professionalism of our nurses. We are so proud to be ranked among the most elite hospitals in the country for our nursing standards.”

    “It’s virtually impossible to achieve magnet status without a team, and I think that is what distinguishes MedStar Franklin Square: the richness of the collaboration and the teamwork,” said Maureen McCausland, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at MedStar Health.”

    The designation also confirms MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s approach to treating nursing as an integral part of the patient experience, with nurses at the hospital supported, guided and respected in their career path.

    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was the first community teaching hospital in the state of Maryland to receive redesignation. The hospital received its initial designation in 2008, something only five percent of U.S. hospitals and two others in Maryland had achieved at the time.

    To be redesignated twice is a rare accomplishment.

    Hospitals are rigorously evaluated during the Magnet designation process, submitting significant paperwork to document nursing excellence and hosting ANCC Magnet representatives for an on-site review.


    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 for more information.

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