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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 13, 2017

    Megan O’Brien, a Georgetown University medical student, was awarded a summer research scholarship through the Pines-Kleinman Mental Health Fund. Under the guidance of her mentor, Matthew Biel, MD, O’Brien will examine the effects of adverse childhood experiences on childhood development at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  Read more.

  • January 13, 2017

    Expanded Services Mean More than Convenience in the Heart of Harford

    COLUMBIA, Md. (April 12, 2017)—Last spring, over 600 Harford County residents attended the community open house at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus to see the shiny new bedless hospital and urgent care. Among the guests: Anita Owens, of Fallston.

    While throngs of visitors toured the sunlit center from room to room, embracing its location on Route 924 at Plumtree Road, Charlsetta Holmes, known as Charli, was a short distance away, working in her office at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The convenience of top quality healthcare couldn’t have been further from her mind.  

    Anita however, was so impressed with the 100,000 square feet of comfort and technology, and its location, she promptly changed primary care physicians and scheduled her annual routine check-up.

    Within days and weeks of the opening respectively, both Charli and Anita would each get devastating news: they had breast cancer.  

    “Having this facility here makes it more convenient for our patients to get treatment in their community without having to drive to Baltimore,” said Dr. Suman Rao, MD, chief of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Thoracic Oncology & Hematology at Bel Air. “When facing a devastating diagnosis of cancer, patients are assured they are getting the same state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment capabilities as any other major cancer care center.” 

    "MedStar Bel Air saved my life,” Anita said. “They found the cancer, treated me, and I am cancer free today because of them."

    “This experience for me, was holistic,” Charli explained. “I wasn’t just going there for medicine. Everyone at Bel Air from the nurses, staff, oncologists, were very informative. They offered support, literature, brochures… they provided beauty tips; how to wear scarves and wigs, apply make-up, physical therapy. They did all they could to provide support. Everything I needed was in the same place.”

    Since its April 12th opening last year, more than 30,000 Harford residents have received treatment in specialty areas including cardiology, imaging, outpatient surgery, primary care, rehabilitation, urgent care, women’s health and the comprehensive cancer center, where Anita and Charli received chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

    Last month, Charli received her final radiation treatment on her 60th birthday, and celebrated the milestone, cancer free.

    “As a physician, one of the best advantages to working in this facility is being able to coordinate high quality care efficiently for my patients,” said Dr. Melanie Slack, site medical director. “I have had many instances where I see a patient in my office, send them immediately downstairs for a radiologic study, and that same afternoon, am able to discuss the results with the radiologist and arrange for a specialist consultation. It makes a huge difference to the patients, knowing that all of their doctors are communicating and working together as a team.”

    For an appointment with one of our specialists at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, call 410-877-8088 or visit MedStarHealth.org/BelAir.

    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 12, 2017
    The MedStar Diabetes Institute, led by Michelle Magee, MD, investigated the potential of community health workers and mobile health services as part of diabetes management for minority populations.
  • January 11, 2017

    Partnership Designed to Expand Access to Quality Healthcare for Kids

    Baltimore, MD—(July 1, 2017)— Two of Harford County’s most trusted healthcare providers have forged a union designed to expand access to the highest quality of pediatric services. Box Hill Pediatrics, a large and established practice that opened in Abingdon in 1995, joined MedStar Medical Group at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus on July 1, and opened with a new name: MedStar Medical Group Box Hill Pediatrics at MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

    During the 22 year span that Box Hill Pediatrics built its enduring practice in the Box Hill Shopping Center on route 924, physicians and staff treated hundreds of Harford County children, as well as the next generation of their patients’ children.

    MedStar Health’s year-old state-of-the art campus on route 924 at Plumtree Road, draws patients from northern Baltimore County, Harford County, Cecil County, York and southern Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania. Patients benefit from the resources of a ten-hospital system, as well as an on-site lab, radiology, physical therapy and occupational therapy.  Additionally, a MedStar Promptcare is on campus for urgent medical needs that occur after hours - in the evenings or on the weekends.     

    “Being a part of MedStar and Box Hill really is combining the efficiency of being part of a group with better resources but still having the family characteristics of a practice that had really been based in this community for a long time,” said pediatrician, Dr. Dahlia Halim. “We are pleased to offer a new level of access to and coordination with the medical experts at MedStar Health, the largest health system in the region.”

    MedStar Medical Group Box Hill Pediatrics at MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus is located on the second floor of the Bel Air Medical Campus, which opened in the spring of 2016. The campus is comprised of primary and specialty services, as well as a cancer center, offering a streamlined, comprehensive and collaborative approach to health care.

    The entire staff and Box Hill Pediatrics physician team have relocated to the new site, ensuring the same quality and personalized care that the practice built its reputation on.

    Pediatricians:

    • Katherine Hopkins is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.  She received her Master of Science degree from Virginia Technical Institute in Animal Science, specializing in placental function, and her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
    • Marci Chasnow has practiced pediatrics in the Baltimore area since 1986. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Chasnow is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
    • Sunitha Venugopal attended Penn State for undergraduate school and completed her medical studies at Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical School. Her interest in pediatrics was refined during a residency at New Jersey's Children's Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
    • Dahlia Halim is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Religious Studies. She has Doctor of Medicine from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Halim is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    To schedule an appointment call: 410-877-2080.

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    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.  

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  • January 10, 2017
    The MedStar Health Research Institute has awarded a scholarship for a summer research internship through the Pines-Kleinman Mental Health Fund to a Georgetown University medical student.
  • January 10, 2017

    We are pleased to introduce Gurpreet Phull, MD, who recently joined the MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Phull completed his fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine at Children’s National Medical Center where he provided the full scope of consultation, diagnostic testing and treatment of children and adolescents with chronic lung diseases. Dr. Phull is now seeing patients at the MedStar Medical Group Specialists offices at Charlotte Hall.

    How does winter weather affect children with asthma?

    Winter is a time, undoubtedly, when children tend to get sick.  The weather is cold and being indoors in close quarters tends to allow viruses to spread.  Ultimately, it is viruses that lead to upper and lower airway inflammation and asthma exacerbations.  Children with asthma should take particular care heading out into the cold, making sure to bundle with thick coats, gloves, hats and scarves.

    Should children with breathing issues be vaccinated against the flu?

    It is prudent that any child older than 6 months of age with an underlying respiratory related disorder, such as asthma, and all household members living with that child, be vaccinated against the flu.  As it does take time for the body to develop immunity against the flu, you should receive the flu vaccine as early as possible.

    When should parents consider taking their children to a physician (or specialist)?

    Parents should take their child to a specialist when their child has respiratory symptoms that are not well-controlled on the current regimen or are out of proportion to other children their age.  It is important to investigate these respiratory symptoms earlier to avoid delay in treatments and adverse outcomes.

    Are there any extra precautions parents should have their children take during the winter months?

    Precautions that we can all take during these winter months relate to measures to decrease the spread of viruses and bacteria.  This includes correct cough and sneeze maneuvers - coughing or sneezing into your arm or elbow, proper hand washing for at least 20 seconds, and sanitizing services and objects where viruses and bacteria can lay dormant.

    Learn more about our pediatric specialists at MedStarStMarys.org/Pediatrics or call 202-295-0547 to make an appointment with Dr. Phull.

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    Gurpreet Phull, MD

     

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