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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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    nurses at conference


    Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  


    Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Conference Center  


    Evidence-based research is an increasing part of nursing practice, both in the Washington, D.C., area and nationally. Just what that research entails – and how to conduct and support that research in an acute care environment – will be among the topics at the 2nd Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 9 at Catholic University. 

    “The return of this event reflects rising interest in improving patient care with nursing practices rooted in evidence-based research,” notes Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “There is growing awareness that patient care has evolved to incorporate more data, more critical thinking and more literature review, as part of the broader effort to establish best practices.”

    MedStar Washington Hospital Center and its Department of Nursing are committed to advancing nursing science and this conference is supported through its Center for Excellence in Nursing. The conference is organized by the Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council, part of the nursing Collaborative Governance structure.


     Speakers include:  

    • Shaunagh Browning, RN, FNP-BC, Georgetown University Medical Center
    • Katherine Patterson Kelly, PhD, RN, Children’s National Health System
    • Mihriye Mete, PhD, MedStar Health Research Institute
    • Regina Greer-Smith MPH, FACHE, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


    To attend the conference or for more information, please contact: So Young Pak  at (202) 877-2748.   


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