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.
May 17, 2018Learn about the treatment, recovery, and support process of two locals' experience with stroke and the care they received at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.
May 11, 2018
With help from Maryland doctors, horse racing industry takes on concussions
Kelly Ryan, DO, Sports Medicine Specialist and Member of the Maryland Horsemen's Health System staff, discusses concussions and jockey health with The Baltimore Sun. Dr. Ryan contributed extensively to medical protocols recently approved by a national horse racing body for concussions. “No one has had protocols for concussions, and when you’re here on a daily basis you see how important they are.”
May 10, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C., - MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Founder and Past President Edward A. Eckenhoff was honored with a special service at the Washington National Cathedral in early May.
Ed passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side earlier this year on January 10 at his home in Naples, Florida. He is survived by his wife Judi Eckenhoff, his brothers Walt and Roderic Eckenhoff, many nieces and nephews and the family dog, Bogey.
Ed opened the doors of NRH in 1986 and through his leadership, we have grown from one single inpatient facility to having served tens of thousands of inpatients and outpatients via our 50 network sites.
Highlights of Ed’s achievements with MedStar NRH include:
1986 – NRH establishes four core programs – stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury & orthopaedics
1987 – NRH becomes accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
1989 – Received accreditation from CARF – the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
1989 – First class of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residents graduate
1990 – Worked closely with President George H.W. Bush on the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), officially signed into law, July 1990
1992 – NRH begins association with volunteers from Junior League of Washington, D.C., which continues to this day
1993 – First rehabilitation day treatment program established
1993 – Adaptive sports program launches
1994 – Second ever outpatient site opens in Mitchellville, Md
1996 – Formation of the outpatient network officially called the NRH Rehabilitation Network
1997 – Innovative therapy space known as Independence Square launches, with tremendous philanthropic support
1998 – NRH and National Institutes of Health sign agreement for joint efforts in research, training and medical treatment
2000 – U.S. Congress appoints $6M towards new NRH Neuroscience Research Center
2004 – NRH holds first ever Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel benefitting adaptive sports programs and launched by former patient Harry Freedman and his wife, Renie
2005 – The Christoph Ruesch Research Center opens
2006 – NRH becomes one of 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
2007 – NRH Spinal Cord Injury & Stroke Programs receive CARF – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – accreditation
The Eckenhoff family asks that any gifts and donations be made in Ed’s honor to MedStar NRH’s Adding Life to Years® Campaign. Please visit www.giving.medstarhealth.org/edwardeckenhoff for more information. You can also make checks payable to: MedStar NRH, 102 Irving St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20010.
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April 27, 2018
Leonardtown, Maryland – The Wound Healing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital was recently named the Atlantic Zone’s Center of the Year by Healogics, Inc. — one of only seven centers out of nearly 700 to achieve this status.
To qualify for Center of the Year, stringent quality measures must be met — among them achieving high healing outcomes, low days to heal, and excellent patient satisfaction ratings.
Additionally, the Wound Healing Center earned the Center of Excellence distinction and was named to the President’s Circle for its outstanding patient care.
“This is a tremendous honor for us,” said Lisa Nelson, operations specialist and clinical program director for the Wound Healing Center. “These accolades demonstrate our commitment to assisting patients in our community to live better by receiving specialized treatment at our facility. We are very proud to have been named the Center of the Year for the Atlantic Zone.”
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 wound care centers nationwide, offering highly specialized services to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.
Treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, growth factor therapies, and bio-engineered tissue substitutes. Patients receive customized wound care plans that may involve weekly treatments until the wound starts to heal. In some cases, this may prevent the need for limb amputation.
April 25, 2018
The thought is quite scary and could happen to any one of us. And so it happened to Kent Keyser, who spent more than three decades working on Capitol Hill, following a terrible mishap one evening in his basement. In one instant, Keyser went from fully functional to suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI), while not a complete injury, still leaves him needing to use a power chair and requires him to have assistance when walking.
After years of physical therapy, a lot of hard work and determination, Keyser walks 20 to 30 minutes daily; uses gym equipment to help regain strength in his arms; shoulders; back; chest; and legs.
In more than 10 years since Keyser’s SCI, adaptive fitness, like the program offered at MedStar NRH thanks to a generous grant for our patients through the Gordon & Marilyn Macklin Foundation, has provided major assistance to Keyser in keeping him active.
“I am a firm believer that good health is the foundation of an independent and productive life,” Keyser told CARF International recently. “Couple adaptive fitness with good nutrition and you have a good recipe for a life of accomplishment.”
Keyser calls himself ‘privileged’ to have done his rehabilitation at MedStar NRH. Following discharge from both inpatient and outpatient programs, Keyser heard about the Adaptive Fitness programs, conducted with different activities four times weekly at the hospital on Irving Street in D.C., that provide patients the opportunity to stay active following a debilitating injury.
The open gym time, where patients can use the equipment, was extremely important to him.
For more information on the Adaptive Fitness classes at MedStar NRH click here.
About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.
Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, D.C., and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.
For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.