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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 09, 2017

    Emergency Department Physician Sonja Devaul, MD, Advises Area Residents

    Each winter, many Emergency Departments across the country see admissions for common winter conditions and emergencies caused by drops in temperature.  Falls on ice are common, particularly when ice forms that is difficult to see, and elderly people more easily break bones in falls. 

    Emergency Department (ED) physicians also see patients who over-exert themselves shoveling, says ED physician Sonja Devaul, MD, who advises anyone out shoveling to take breaks, restrain themselves from overdoing an activity when they are not used to strenuous exercise, and to stay hydrated. 

    Other common problems that bring patients into our hospital include colds, flu and coughs due to viruses and infections.  Dr. Devaul advises everyone to wash their hands thoroughly during the winter months to help prevent the spread of colds and flu, and to receive annual flu shots.  She also suggests we should layer our winter clothing and wear hats and gloves to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.  Nosebleeds are common as well, caused by the dry winter air. Dr. Devaul says sleeping with a humidifier in the room can help, as well as applying Vaseline in the nostrils.

    There are also winter-related problems not often thought about, says Devaul.  First, she cites carbon monoxide poisoning as a danger during winter months.  Using space heaters and generators in areas that are not properly ventilated can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the air.  Since it is an odorless gas and the earliest symptom is drowsiness, poisoning can quickly incapacitate a person and may even lead to death.  Problems linked to space heaters are exacerbated for the elderly, smokers or those with pre-existing lung conditions.

    Another winter-related complication seen in the Emergency Department are burns caused by space heaters and electric blankets.  Dr. Devaul urges caution and making sure to monitor children to prevent injury.

    Dr. Devaul has been with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Emergency Department for one year.  She came to the hospital from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she completed her residency. Dr. Devaul earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell and her doctor of medicine from the University of Buffalo.  

  • January 09, 2017

    COLUMBIA, Md. (Feb. 7, 2017)— David Mayer, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, has received the 2016 Humanitarian Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.  Dr. Mayer was one of four medical professionals recognized for their lifesaving achievements in patient safety at the foundation’s 5th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Irvine, Calif., last week. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joseph Biden were keynote speakers.

    “I am honored and humbled to receive this year’s Patient Safety Movement Humanitarian Award,” Dr. Mayer said. “Health care continues to do amazing things in healing patients the majority of the time. However, due to faulty systems and processes, preventable medical harm continues to be a national epidemic. All of us at MedStar Health look forward to continuing our mission to help improve patient safety for the communities we serve, as well as across the nation.”

    Dr. Mayer oversees MedStar Health’s infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency and designs, and directs system-wide activity for patient safety and risk-reduction programs.

    MedStar Health is in the vanguard of embracing transparency in communications with patients and families when something goes wrong in treatment. Recently, MedStar patient safety experts worked with the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop and pilot a toolkit for the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) program, which is a model for disclosing error, providing immediate and ongoing care for the patient, and for caring for the caregiver following a traumatic event. An equally important component of CANDOR is investigating underlying causes of harm and putting measures in place to prevent a recurrence.

  • January 08, 2017
    May 1 marked the 6th Annual MedStar Health Research Symposium.
  • January 07, 2017
    Dina Mallis Klicos has joined MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as Vice President of Philanthropy. In that role, she will drive philanthropic investments and develop a major gifts program to help support the hospital’s campus and facilities and patient care programs long-term.
  • January 07, 2017

    Home to 26 Specialists, Advanced Imaging, and Rehab Opens Tuesday

    COLUMBIA, Maryland (August 7, 2017)—MedStar Health is opening on Tuesday the Baltimore region’s premiere, comprehensive center for orthopaedics, spine and sports medicine. MedStar Health at Timonium, 2118 Greenspring Dr., is the new home to 26 physicians, with advanced radiology, ambulatory surgery, and specialized rehabilitation services on site.

    Having all these services located together enables the care team to coordinate all the patient’s needs, streamlining appointments into one visit, including any diagnostic tests needed. Beyond convenience, it also means their doctor can easily consult with other specialists on site, which expedites diagnoses and treatment planning.

    “This project serves as another demonstration of MedStar’s long-time commitment to making health care accessible where people live, work and play,” said Bob Gilbert, president of MedStar Ambulatory Services. “Currently, MedStar Health provides orthopaedic services in a number of different sites in the area. This unique approach to high-end specialized care epitomizes convenience, letting our patients get the care they need under one roof.”

    MedStar Health at Timonium is the medical home for a number of professional teams and athletes including, the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Brigade and the Maryland Jockey Club. Specialists practicing here also are team physicians to numerous area colleges and high schools including Towson University, Goucher College, Stevenson University, St. Paul’s School, and Notre Dame Preparatory.

    Services at the new center include:

    • Orthopaedics: hip and knee; shoulder and elbow; foot and ankle, hand
    • Spine
    • Sports medicine
    • Physiatry
    • Pain management
    • Outpatient surgery
    • Rehabilitation

    The 46,300 square-foot center has:

    • A 3T magnetic resonance image (MRI) scanner, along with X-ray and other diagnostics
    • 26 exam rooms designed specifically for orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians
    • Physical therapy and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, and treatment area
    • Ambulatory surgery center, with two ORs and a procedure room (opening in late fall 2017)

    MedStar Sports Medicine, one of the most comprehensive sports medicine programs on the East Coast, is the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Valor, D.C. United, U.S. Lacrosse, and 18 collegiate, and 34 high school teams.

    The building renovation project was begun in November 2016. Project partners include Trinity Health Group, architects; Jeffrey Brown Contracting LLC, general contractor; and Jones Lang LaSalle, project management.

    About MedStar Health

    MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care.  As the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MedStar’s 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute and a comprehensive scope of health-related organizations are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training 1,100 medical residents annually, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University. MedStar Health is a $4.2 billion not-for-profit, regional healthcare system based in Columbia, Maryland, and one of the largest employers in the region. Our more than 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians all support MedStar Health’s Patient First philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service.  For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

  • January 06, 2017

    Through the New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund and the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant, five investigators were awarded funding for their medical research at MedStar Health Research Institute. These projects range from diabetes management to neonatal outcomes.  Read more.