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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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  • January 22, 2017

    Led by Raj Ratwani, Ph.D., from MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, the study was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Cognitive science and psychology studies suggest interruptions generally cause people to commit five to 10 times more errors than they would without interruption. Read more. 

  • January 22, 2017

    Event Jointly Sponsored with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General Child Support Services Division

    WASHINGTON, D. C., – MedStar Family Choice and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Child Support Services Division (CSSD) are co-sponsoring a Men’s Health Day and Fatherhood Conference from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion and R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Ward 8. The event is designed to provide fathers in the District with the tools they need to improve their physical and mental health, strengthen relationships with their families, and improve their prospects for meaningful employment.

    MedStar Family Choice, a managed care organization, provides healthcare services to 58,000 Medicaid enrollees in the District. “We are really pleased to co-sponsor this event, because we understand that improving the health and well-being of a community’s residents makes for a stronger, healthier community,” said Leslie Lyles Smith, executive director, MedStar Family Choice.

    “A father’s most important job is to be a consistent, reliable, and supportive part of his child’s life,” Attorney General Karl A. Racine said. “But we also know that too many fathers face barriers that get in the way of their doing everything they can for their children. This conference and health fair will provide fathers and other interested adults opportunities to take the initiative to build their job and life skills so they can break through those barriers and provide their children with the support they need to grow into mature and independent adults.”

    The event, with the theme “Celebrating Men: Bridging the Gap, Investing in Our Future,” includes a conference at the R.I.S.E. Center and a health fair at the adjacent pavilion. Both facilities are located on the St. Elizabeths East Campus at 2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. The health fair will feature vendors and partners from multiple government, nonprofit, and private agencies and businesses, including physicians and other health experts; health-insurance resources; educational resources; and other opportunities.

    Conference Workshops
    The conference will feature workshops on:

    • Building and maintaining relationships
    • Money management and financial literacy
    • Common health issues affecting men
    • Making positive life choices

    The conference will culminate with a town hall-style meeting entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Creating Pathways to Healthy Fatherhood.” Attorney General Racine will moderate a panel of experts who will address barriers to healthy fatherhood and provide solutions to common issues that may hinder fathers from being present in the lives of their children. 

    There will also be food, entertainment, and haircuts offered at no cost to conference participants. Radio personalities from WKYS 93.9 FM will also broadcast from the site of the event.

  • January 22, 2017
    MedStar Sports Medicine researchers, in conjunction with researchers from UT Southwestern and the Cleveland Clinic have found that retired NFL players have significantly larger aortas as compared to the general population.
  • January 21, 2017

    Louis M. Weiner, MD, has been named director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute. In that role, he will oversee the development and coordination of clinical care and research programs across the MedStar Health system— including prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship and end-of-life care. Dr. Weiner also will continue to serve as director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Learn more.

  • January 20, 2017

    Surprise Visit: D.C. Fire and EMS Encourage Pediatric Transplant Recipient

    D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (D.C. Fire and EMS) surprised eight-year-old Hunter Scarborough, a transplant recipient who dreams of becoming a firefighter, at MedStar Georgetown in December.

    “It was amazing – They even brought a fire truck! It was the coolest part,” said Hunter.

    Wearing a robe and a mask, and given little information about the surprise, Hunter was wheeled down to the circle by the Emergency Department. Battalion Fire Chief David McLain and his team from Engine 5 and Truck 5 created a welcoming tunnel for Hunter. When the automatic sliding doors opened, the firefighters cheered and gave high-fives to Hunter as he made his way out to see the fire truck.

    “You couldn’t see it, but his face really lit up behind the mask,” said Jessica Uze, a child life specialist who helps children cope with being in the hospital. “Hunter has spent so much time in the hospital for serious things, and having real-life community heroes visit and remind Hunter that the world is out there pulling for him was really sweet!”

    After firefighters from Hunter’s hometown in Livonia, Louisiana contacted D.C. Fire and EMS about this “brave young boy,” Uze and Hunter’s mother quickly coordinated the surprise visit. Hunter suffers from chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and received a transplant for his small and large intestine in November 2016.

    “It was so special that the firefighters went out of their way to do something for a child they didn’t know,” said Kymberly Scarborough, Hunter’s mother. “I knew this was something for Hunter to look forward to, so keeping the surprise a secret was worth it!”

    “I think that kids around Hunter’s age enjoy visits from role models and heroes. These visits break the routine of their long and hard medical journey, which is often riddled with uncomfortable interventions and situations they have no control over,” said Dr. Nada Yazigi, Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation, who was seen on the unit wearing one of the red firefighter hats.

    Hunter wore a firefighter hat during the visit and learned about the special equipment firefighters use to stay safe in a fire. He later asked some of firefighters to follow him back to the pediatric unit to meet some of his friends, and the firefighters handed out more firefighter hats to other young patients to brighten their day.

    “I was crying because I was so happy,” said Hunter. “I didn’t know I would get to meet firefighters while I was in the hospital!”

  • January 18, 2017
    First Hospital in Maryland to Perform TAVR on Low Risk Patient

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