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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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  • December 13, 2017

    It may surprise you to learn that a significant percentage of the cases seen in MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Operating Rooms are for procedures with pediatric dentists. Several groups of dentists come here when they have little patients who need to be sedated for dental procedures. 

    Dr. Tanek Jenkins is one dentist who regularly schedules procedures at our hospital, performing tooth extractions, root canals and stainless steel and white zirconia cosmetic crowning.

    “Everyone here is very nice and helpful,” says Dr. Jenkins. “This hospital has shown a commitment to get these children in. MedStar and their anesthesia team have recognized a need and they have been generous in giving us blocks of time because we have expressed this need.”

    The mouth and teeth are the windows into the health of the whole body, explains Dr. Jenkins. This is why she loves pediatric dentistry, as she can help set up someone when they are young for a lifetime of taking care of the health of their teeth. She also enjoys making a cosmetic difference, helping children who have been teased because of the appearance of their teeth.

    “It makes me feel good when I can help with a 180-degree difference and create a work of art,” says Dr. Jenkins. “Parents appreciate these services as well. I tell them, I will treat their child like they’re mine. I say ‘this is my baby now, don’t worry.’”

    To learn more about general surgery at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, click here

    If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, call:

    Dr. Tanek Jenkins, DDS
    ABC Dentistry- Oxon Hill

    Dr. Richee Berry, DDS
    Dr. Jarrett Caldwell, DDS
    Dr. Marian B. Jordan, DDS
    Berry's Children Dental LLCBowie

    Dr. Felix Aguto, DDS
    We Make Kids Smile Pediatric Dentistry- Waldorf

    Dr. Ebonee Thrower, DDS
    Bright Starr Pediatric Dentistry- Bowie

    Dr. Eileen Buckle, DDS
    KOOL Smiles Dentistry- District Heights

  • December 12, 2017

    Day 1

    On the First Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Even one holiday headache is one too many.”  Neurologist Dr. Carrie Dougherty offers some advice on how to celebrate the season headache-free.

    Day 2

    On the 2nd Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Take care of your two feet and they will take care of you.”  Foot and Ankle Center Director Dr. Paul Cooper has the skinny on high heels and holiday parties.

    Day 3

    On the 3rd Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Every cookie counts especially if you’re diabetic or trying to lose weight.”  Follow Dr. Shirisha Avadhanula’s three steps to keep your blood sugar on track.

    Day 4

    On the 4th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Harmony in the household means keeping your kids happy and healthy over their holiday break.” Pediatrician Dr. Blair Farr helps us with some tips.  

    Day 5

    On the 5th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Remember these five words to help you stay mindful when you feel holiday stress.” Director of MedStar Georgetown’s Mindfulness Program Dr. Paul Jones explains STOPP.

    Day 6

    On the 6th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Recognizing these six symptoms could help you save a life.” Dr. Mary Carter Denny explains BEFAST and the symptoms of stroke.

    Day 7

    On the 7th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Holiday treats are delicious but food impaction can be a dangerous problem when we gather for feasts and parties.” Gastroenterologist Dr.  Shervin Shafa has tips on staying safe when we indulge.

    Day 8

    On the 8th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “The winter months can bring on colds, flu and sinus infections.”  Otolaryngologist Suzette Mikula sorts out virus versus bacteria and how to stay sniffle-free.

    Day 9

    On the 9th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “‘Tis the season of giving.”  Director of Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation at MedStar Georgetown Dr. Peter Abrams reminds us how to become an organ donor.

    Day 10

    On the 10th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Snow, ice and winter sports can be hard on your bones.”  Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. William Postma has some tips to keep the aches and pains away.

    Day 11

    On the 11th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Cancer doesn’t take a holiday.” Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Dr. Jeff Toretsky explains why the holidays can mean new cancer diagnoses among kids.

    Day 12

    On the 12th Day of Wellness my doctor said to me, “Remember, it’s better to give than to receive and expressing gratitude is a great way to spread holiday cheer.”  Philanthropy Vice President Pam Maroulis explains how you can share the love of the season to help MGUH.

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