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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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  • September 06, 2016

    New Initiative Combines Mainstream Medicine with Complementary Healing Approaches to Address the Needs of the Whole Person

    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has launched the MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine, a new initiative designed to promote patient centered care, focus on health and healing and improve outcomes by treating the whole person. 

    Integrative medicine, which seamlessly combines mainstream medicine with non-conventional healing approaches , has proven to be beneficial in the treatment of individuals with a wide range of conditions—from cancer and chronic pain to orthopedic disorders to many of the common problems that affect women. It takes into account not only physical symptoms, but also the psychological, social and spiritual impact the condition may have on a person.

    “The use of integrative medicine strategies is rooted in the desire to improve patient care and the practice is growing nationwide,” explains Emily Ratner, MD, director of the new center. “It’s an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, and spiritual influences that affect a person’s health.”

    The center offers the following services:

    Center for Integrative Medicine

    • Integrative Medicine consultation
    • Medical Acupuncture
    • Psychological evaluation and holistic interventions
    • Mindfulness-based approaches for stress and pain management
    • Mind-body therapies, including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation
    • Positive behavior change
    • Guided Imagery
    • Nutrition consultation and follow up visits
    • Cooking and nutrition classes
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes
    • Reiki
    • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
    • Massage therapy

    The specialists at the center employ a personalized strategy that starts with an assessment of each patient’s unique conditions and circumstances to determine the most appropriate intervention for that individual. A treatment plan is then developed to address the patient’s specific needs so they can regain and maintain optimum health.   

    Located at 18111 Prince Philip Drive, the Center is on the campus of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in suite 202. Services are available to anyone and patients may be referred by a primary care physician or specialist.  Some insurance companies provide coverage for selected treatments for patients with certain conditions. Patients are encouraged to inquire with their insurance company whether integrative medicine services may be covered. 

    Visit MedStarMontgomery.org/Healthy to learn more about the MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine.

    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

  • September 02, 2016

    Pelvic Floor Disorder: A Common Problem

    It’s a fact that one in three women over the age of 45 suffers from a pelvic floor disorder (PFD). The most common pelvic floor disorders are urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. The condition can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. There are easy ways to treat the disorder, but women are oftentimes unwilling to discuss the symptoms they are experienceing because they are too embarrassed.

    The older a woman gets, the greater the chance of developing a PFD. In general, pelvic floor disorders are caused by a laxity in the pelvic floor ligaments and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis and weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor supports organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. But when the muscles are weakened or the connective tissue tears, that's when problems can begin. Why does this happen? It’s a natural part of the aging process, hormonal changes after menopause plays a role as well pregnancy, childbirth and obesity.

    Identifying Symptoms

    Pelvic organ prolapse is the most common disorder, and it happens when the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments become too weak to hold organs in the correct position in the pelvis. As the condition progresses, women can feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina. When this happens, women may have problems controlling their bladder and bowels. Also, some have pain in the lower back, pelvis or bladder.  All women may not experience the same symptoms, but it’s important to seek help if any pain or discomfort persists.

    While an OB/GYN may be aware of the symptoms, women should seek out a urogynecologist, a physician with special training and significant expertise in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, if symptoms persist.

    They used to just say it was a ‘female problem,’” said Jeanne McMahon, 58, who lived with bladder and uterine prolapse for more than 20 years before having surgery in the fall of 2015. With the help of nationally-recognized and highly skilled urogynecologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, Jeanne is now playing tennis and hiking again, and is grateful she has her life back.   

     Dr. Iglesia, and her patient Jeanne, discuss PFDs in this Washington Post article.

     https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/a-hidden-epidemic-millions-of-women-suffer-pelvic-floor-disorders-silently/2015/12/22/f5997966-a6d5-11e5-b53d-972e2751f433_story.html

    Have any questions?

    We are here to help! Contact us for more information about pelvic floor disorders or to schedule an appointment. Call us at 202-877-3627.