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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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  • August 18, 2016

    It takes only a few minutes talking with Jean Marie Haggerty, MD, to realize she is someone who truly loves what she does. Dr. Haggerty, a board-certified pediatrician with MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics Primary Care in Leonardtown, moved to St. Mary’s County a year ago after practicing in Northern Virginia the previous 10 years.  

    “Caring for a child from birth to adolescence is a privilege,” she said. “There is always a challenge every day in pediatrics – it keeps you fresh, it keeps you young, it keeps you on your toes.”

    Always interested in medical sciences, it was her experience working closely with children that steered her toward a career in pediatrics.

     “The year after college, I worked with abused and at-risk children,” Dr. Haggerty said. “One day, I was on the phone with my dad and he said, ‘Have you ever thought about being a doctor – a pediatrician?’ It was as if a light bulb went on and I realized that being a pediatrician could combine the clinical aspects of medicine with advocacy and care of children.”

    Dr. Haggerty graduated with honors from Cornell University, then earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and was named to AOA Honor Medical Society. She completed her pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts in 2003. Named a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine in 2015 and Washington Parents magazine in 2012, she is a firm believer that patient care extends beyond the office visit.

    “Children are not just our patients for the 15 to 20 minutes they are in the office,” she said. “Phone calls to make sure things are going well after you leave the office, asking if there are any questions after the visit - that’s important follow-up care.”

    Before moving to St. Mary’s, Dr. Haggerty was working as a pediatrician in Reston, Virginia, and was hoping to incorporate teaching and academic medicine into her practice.  

    “I saw MedStar Georgetown’s job posting and I thought it would be a great fit because Georgetown has a reputation of clinical excellence,” she said. “I met the staff and felt a connection with them. The staff is wonderful to work with and I feel MedStar Georgetown supports providing optimal care to patients.”

    Fostering a good relationship with her patients and their parents is a critical component of thorough care, according to Dr. Haggerty.

    “Compassion and understanding blended with providing excellent medical care is essential  because a patient is not just a body,” she said. “They have feelings and emotions and making sure there is a relationship between the doctor and the patient improves outcomes and care for everyone involved.”

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    My son, Robbie, was having a lot of medical issues and no one knew what to do. We started seeing Dr. Haggerty last summer, and she ordered several tests - she wasn’t going to give up until she found out what was going on with him. She really felt it was sleep apnea and sent him for a sleep study. He had his tonsils out a few weeks ago and all of the issues we had been having with him are gone. It was all his tonsils. After the surgery, she called three times just to check on him. I have never had a pediatrician give my kids so much effort and care. 

    - Ginny Gretton, mother of Robbie, 6

     

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    The Monday after our son, Cameron, was born, Dr. Haggerty received a frantic voicemail from us. Cameron was born with a cleft palate. As new parents, we were stunned and didn’t know what to do. She came to the hospital to let us know everything would be okay and she would be with us through this journey. From the time he was born until now she continues to research information for Cam, see him whenever needed, and has always been available for a phone call. After we selected our craniofacial surgical team, she has continued to work closely with them to ensure her medical plan remains in line with theirs. We are truly grateful to have found such an amazing advocate for our son. 

    - Robin Gatton, mother of Cameron, 7 months

  • August 16, 2016

    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

    AACVPR - CertificateMedStar Montgomery Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). MedStar Montgomery Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

    Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

    MedS1tar Montgomery Medical Center’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

    AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

    AACVPRAbout AACVPR
    Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

    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.

  • August 15, 2016

    Chip In

    MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is gearing-up for the 11th annual Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held Sept. 22 at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Tee-off time is 9 a.m.  Hosted by the hospital’s Auxiliary, this fun and exciting community event includes a day of golf, prizes and food generously donated by Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ. Each year, event sponsors and participants help fund various enhancements to the non-profit hospital, which have included new state-of-the-art equipment, capital projects, patient and associate improvements and many more.

    Sponsorship Levels

    • Platinum - $5,000

    • Gold - $2,500

    • Silver - $1,000

    • Bronze - $500

    • Tee - $250

    Support of this annual tournament has translated into the following equipment being purchased over the years:

    2006 — Portable Ultrasound Machine
    2007 — Transport Cardiac Monitors
    2008 — Mobile EKG Machine
    2009 — Bariatric Stretcher, Pediatric Thermometers and a GlideScope Video Laryngoscopes Machine
    2010 — Defibrillator, Trauma Cart and Fluid Warmer
    2011 — Upgraded EKG Machine and Portable Blood Pressure Monitors
    2013 — SonoSite Machine
    2014 — Ergonomic Wheelchair and Stretcher

    To learn more, contact Marie (Rees) Hodges McCrossen at rees.mccrossen@gmail.com or 610-952-1641.

    Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Golf for information on becoming a sponsor or to register.

    About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

    MedStar St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. 

  • August 10, 2016

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    CLINTON, MD – MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been named the #2 Hospital in the Washington Region and the #5 Hospital in the State of Maryland, as rated by the 2016 Best Hospitals edition of U.S. News & World Report.

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center was also rated a high-performing hospital in the areas of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics and Nephrology.  In addition, the hospital was rated as high-performing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure procedures. It was also ranked among the top forty hospitals in the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

    “I couldn’t be more proud of our hospital,” said MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center President Christine Wray.  “This recognition shows that our ongoing commitment to bringing world-class care to this community is working, and people are taking notice.  This honor reaffirms our dedication to patient care, to health and to innovation.  I would like to thank our medical staff and each and every associate for their contributions leading to this great honor.”

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 192 bed full-service hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland areas, was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December, 2012.  Throughout the hospital’s history, it has remained a community leader, a strong supporter of health care education and a dedicated advocate for quality health care services.

  • August 03, 2016
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been ranked as the #1 hospital in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking of hospitals nationwide.
  • August 02, 2016

    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Sports Medicine & MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Establish Partnership with the Olney Boys and Girls Club 

    Affiliation to Provide Athletes, Coaches and Families with Access to Experts in Injury Prevention, Management and Education

    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in conjunction with MedStar Sports Medicine and the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network has established a partnership with the Olney Boys and Girls Club that will provide the organization with ongoing access to many of the region’s top experts in the prevention and management of sports injuries.

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    The Olney Boys and Girls Club, founded in 1969 as one of the first youth sports clubs in Maryland, is dedicated to providing children with a structured and safe environment to learn to play sports and expend some of the energies of youth. Today, the organization provides services to more than 7,000 children annually operating from its headquarters at Freeman Fields, a former 118-acre farm that it purchased in 1998.

    “The Olney Boys and Girls Club is delighted to partner with MedStar Health. It’s a partnership that will add value to the services we offer and truly benefit the local community,” says Ken Bradford, executive director of the Olney Boys and Girls Club. “This partnership will help parents, coaches and athletes prevent injuries, promote healthy lifestyles and when the need arises, enable parents to obtain the best care in sports medicine for their children.  It’s an exciting collaboration and we look forward to working together on a number of initiatives to address some of the most common topics in sports medicine.”

    MedStar Sports Medicine is the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Blast, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, US Lacrosse and many of the collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Along with its team coverage and clinical care, MedStar Sports Medicine is known for its specialized expertise in the areas of sports injury epidemiology and injury surveillance and has specialty programs dedicated to ACL injury prevention, concussion care and prevention, pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, and sport biomechanics.

    The MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals for rehabilitation, has been providing its state-of-the-art services to area residents for 30 years. It’s team of experts, which includes certified athletics trainers as well as physical therapists and other specialists, also have extensive experience caring for athletes of all levels.  

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    The Olney Boys and Girls Club offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn and participate in sports that include baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and wrestling. The organization also offers a variety of popular summer camps.

     “We are committed to partnering with the community in health, wellness and prevention…not just when people are sick.  This is an exciting opportunity for us to do that,” notes Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, president, MedStar Montgomery, and senior vice president, MedStar Health.  “We have been a proud supporter of the Olney Boys and Girls Club for many years. It’s a fantastic organization that makes a difference in young lives every day and we are thrilled to further strengthen our relationship through this partnership.”

    In addition to working directly with the young athletes and their coaches, the MedStar Health experts will be offering a variety of seminars, lectures and screenings starting this fall on topics ranging from concussions to ACL injuries to sports nutrition and the use of dietary supplements and more. A schedule of events can be found at www.medstarmontgomery.org/olneyboysgirlsclub.

    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.

    The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke. For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org