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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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  • February 09, 2017

    Heart attacks are not one size fits all. They can often begin with subtle symptoms that don’t resemble the sudden, crushing pain many imagine. And although many symptoms are similar, men and women often experience them differently. Be aware of the signs and call your doctor if you have symptoms that develop suddenly and do not resolve within 15 to 30 minutes. Delay in taking action can mean greater damage to your heart, so know the signs and get help.

    MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute partners with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute for groundbreaking clinical care and research. Visit for more information on heart disease.

    MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital works closely with the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute to ensure patients needing the highest level of care are quickly transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center or the new Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular care hospital offering expert cardiovascular services utilizing the latest medical technology.

    If you or someone you love is believed to be having a heart attack, please stop what you are doing and call 9-1-1 or travel to your nearest Emergency Department as soon as possible.

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  • February 03, 2017
    Named VP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
  • February 01, 2017

    February is National Heart Month

    Dr. Mun K. Hong takes patient James Smith from 90 percent artery blockage to healthier heart and arteries and lower blood pressure

    When Oxon Hill resident James Smith, 71, began feeling shortness of breath in the summer of 2015, he thought it was a temporary feeling due to being slightly over-worked.  Still, he decided to get checked out by a physician. Knowing the outstanding reputation of doctors and hospitals in the MedStar system, he asked EMS responders to take him to a MedStar facility, not realizing his closest hospital was part of the MedStar system:  MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

    Upon arrival here at 11:00 p.m. on a Sunday night, Smith found out he had, in fact, suffered a heart attack.  He was seen by Chairman of Cardiology and MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute physician Mun K. Hong, MD, FACC, soon after arrival, and surgery to address the 90 percent blockage in one of his arteries was quickly scheduled for 8:00 the next morning.  A stent was put in to address the blockage, and medication was prescribed to clear Smith’s other arteries.

    “Dr. Hong was excellent,” said Smith.  “I watched everything on screen as it was done, and he talked me through it.”

    “He was fortunate,” said Dr. Hong.  “After experiencing a heart attack, we were able to treat him and he’s been the model patient ever since.  He is compliant with his medications, he finished cardiac rehab and he and his wife have made lifestyle changes to keep him healthy.  He’s also lucky because his wife cares about him and wants him to do all they can to be healthy.”

    After being released, Smith was set up with a course of follow-up appointments in MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab.

    “I didn’t want to go, but my wife insisted,” said Smith.  “And Dr. Hong agreed with her!”

    After nine months of attending cardiac rehab, where he walked on a treadmill, rode a stationary bike and strengthened his chest muscles by using an arm cycle, Smith just completed treatment near the end of 2016. 

    “Cardiac rehab has been extremely beneficial to Mr. Smith,” said Dr. Mun K. Hong.  “It’s giving patients both an exercise regimen and assurance they can resume activities.  Also, they’re able to provide diet recommendations and psychological resources.  Many patients find the group setting to be a positive thing, as well.  At cardiac rehab, they are very dedicated.  Anyone who completes the program, like Mr. Smith, will leave with a different mindset.”

    Smith’s workouts, closely and constantly monitored by cardiac rehab staff, has brought his blood pressure down significantly, for which he, his wife Lola, his son Darren and three beloved grandsons, are all grateful.  Smith will continue to see Dr. Hong every three months in an ongoing effort to make sure he stays as healthy as his procedure and cardiac rehab appointments have made him.

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab works in three phases. In phase one, patients are referred here while still in the hospital.  In phase two, patients typically visit three times per week, which is usually covered by insurance.  They exercise while overseen by associates and often pause for blood pressure or pulse checks.  In phase three, patients visit to maintain the progress they have made.  They are less monitored, but blood pressure and blood sugar is still tested. 

    If you or a family member needs information about MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab facility, please call 301-877-7370

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hong, please call 301-877-5677.

  • January 29, 2017
    Using Technology to Support Patient-Centered Care
  • January 27, 2017
    MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in partnership with Healwell, are the recipients of a Palmer Foundation grant to study and compare effective dosages of massage therapy on pain and distress relief for hospitalized palliative care patients.
  • January 27, 2017

    Through funding from the Palmer Foundation, MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in partnership with Healwell, will investigate the usage of massage therapy for pain and distress relief for palliative care patients. This research will be led by Hunter Groninger, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, director of Palliative Care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  Read more.

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