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.
January 20, 2018MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is currently treating one patient, a 14-year-old male, following a shooting at Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, Maryland.
January 18, 2018
Columbia, MD (December 17, 2018) —The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) put out a call to action and distributed a request for proposals for projects focused on improving diagnostic accuracy. The Foundation put aside $3 million in funding for approved projects. The Foundation received an overwhelming response to the request for proposals and MedStar Health’s proposal, titled “Improving diagnostic accuracy for Hepatitis C with a validated teach/improve model” was one of the 11 grant recipients selected for funding. Read more.
January 18, 2018
Hyattsville, MD (June 18, 2018)—A team of researchers from MedStar Health has been awarded an 18-month contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support the development and testing of technical tools and apps that can be used to collect patient-reported outcome data. This federal contract was awarded through AHRQ’s ACTION III (Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks) funding mechanism. This is one of three contracts that have been awarded to MedStar Health as part of this federal contract vehicle.
With the implementation of electronic health records and the growth of data available to physicians, increased efforts are being made to access more information directly from patients to help clinicians make informed care decisions. This includes the use of patient-reported outcome data, which are any reports of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation by a clinician. Such patient information captures quality of life, ongoing symptoms, and daily activities, and can help guide clinicians in their care and treatment decisions.
“Ensuring that patients have a way to report on outcomes that are meaningful to them is critical to the delivery of safe and effective care. The growth of data science as part of clinical care is helping us at MedStar Health to turn this data into improved quality of life for our patients,” says Neil Weissman, MD, chief scientific officer for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health Research Institute. “The ongoing collaboration through the ACTION III network will help to advance the health of patients beyond our care sites and community.”
The team’s co-principal investigators are Deliya Wesley, PhD, MPH, and Kathryn M. Kellogg, MD, MPH, with Raj Ratwani, PhD, serving as the project director. Georgetown University and the CAPRICORN Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) are collaborators on this project.
MedStar Health will support the development and testing of two apps using specified health IT requirements and standards for use with electronic health records or other health information technology systems to collect patient-reported outcome data for clinical and research use.
The team will work with key stakeholders to collect information on the usability and functional requirements for the apps designed to collect patient-reported outcome data on physical functioning. The apps will be pilot-tested and evaluated in 10 diverse primary and specialty care practices across MedStar Health and eight CAPRICORN primary care sites. The apps will be evaluated on the success of data collection and integration of these data within the electronic health record for clinical decisions, quality improvement, and research.
About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.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.
January 18, 2018
Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE, Assistant Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Integration for MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and MedStar Corporate Nursing has been named Chair of The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) for 2018. The NCBDE promotes comprehensive diabetes education to support certified diabetes educators providing quality education and support. Read more.
January 17, 2018
BALTIMORE—Young athletes and their parents will learn from top sports medicine experts and hear from a Baltimore Ravens player at the inaugural Playmore! Youth Sports Symposium, sponsored by MedStar Sports Medicine, Saturday, May 19.
The event, which runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include an educational symposium where sports medicine physicians will cover topics such as whether young athletes should specialize in one sport and how to keep young athletes safe. Children attending the event can participate in activities such as wiffle ball, soccer, flag football and running.
The keynote speakers will be Morgan Cox, a long snapper for the Baltimore Ravens, who will speak at 12:30 p.m.; and Bryce Crawford, the assistant men’s basketball coach for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers, who will speak at 9:25 a.m.
“Many children today are highly specialized in a singular sport and participating in competitive, organized team sports year-round,” said Lindsay Jones, MD, a pediatric sports medicine physician for MedStar Sports Medicine. “This shift calls for open discussion about injury prevention, and best practices-- how best to care for and develop these talented young athletes.”
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 | 8:15am – 3:00pm | M&T Bank Stadium
Cost: $35 (includes 1 child, additional kids $15 each)
Lunch provided. Space is limited.
RSVP at MedStarSportsMed.org/PlayMore
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 MedStar Sports Medicine
MedStar Sports Medicine is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 60 physicians, 40 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar Health’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official sports medicine team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).
January 17, 2018
Led by Elissa L. Newport, PhD, the study found that a decade or two after a perinatal stroke damaged the left “language" side of the brain, affected teenagers and young adults used the right sides of their brain for language. Reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, the researchers used imaging to corroborate previous research on brain-mapping. Read more.