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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July 29, 2016The first clinical trial to test a newly approved breast cancer drug specifically in African American patients is now enrolling at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and will begin soon at five other institutions in Washington, DC, Maryland, Alabama and New Jersey.
July 27, 2016
Charlotte Hall and New Waldorf Offices Will Offer Extended Hours
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Express Care will transition to MedStar Health Urgent Care on Aug. 8. According to Jim Craver, chief operating officer of MedStar Health Urgent Care, the changeover is a natural extension of MedStar Health’s systemness approach to healthcare distribution. “Because Express Care is an urgent care facility, it is only natural its operations move to MedStar Health Urgent Care,” Jim said.
For the most part, it will be “business as usual” at the Charlotte Hall location, according to Jim, and most changes will go unnoticed by patients visiting the site. Operations for the facility will now be directed by MedStar Health Urgent Care policies and procedures; building and office signage will be changed to reflect the new name. “MedStar Health Urgent Care is excited to be bringing expanded healthcare services to northern St. Mary’s County and Charles County,” said Jim.
Associates working in the office have been given the opportunity to transfer employment from the hospital to MedStar Health Urgent Care. “When we began planning for this, we fully expected to transition 100 percent of associates to MedStar Health Urgent Care,” said Jim. Associates who did not want to move to MedStar Health Urgent Care were offered the opportunity to remain with MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in comparable positions.
Perhaps the biggest change that will impact the community is the extension of operating hours for the facility. The Charlotte Hall MedStar Health Urgent Care has plans to extend its hours in the future. The new hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call-ahead appointments will also continue to be offered and imaging and laboratory screenings will remain onsite.
“Bringing MedStar Health Urgent Care to the community offers great benefits for our patients and our hospital,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, chief operating officer and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s. “PromptCare will give patients greater access to primary care in our community, which will hopefully translate to decreased volumes in our Emergency Department and greater patient satisfaction.”
Waldorf PromptCare Opening
In addition to the Charlotte Hall transition, a new MedStar Health Urgent Care office will be opening in Waldorf on Aug. 9, 2016. Located at 3064 Waldorf Market Place, the office will share space with a new MedStar Medical Group primary care office. The facility will have two entrances; however, some of the back office areas will be shared space. The Waldorf office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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July 27, 2016
Helmet Safety Checks and Blood Pressure Screenings Provided during “Music at the Monument” Concert, Friday July 29
Washington, D.C., July 27, 2016 – Nurses from MedStar Washington Hospital Center will be on the Washington Monument grounds on Friday, July 29, to provide hypertension screening, stroke education, helmet safety demonstrations and community education about summer safety and concussion risks.
The Hospital Center informational booth will be a part of the “Music at the Monument” concert series that takes place at the Sylvan Theatre from 5 to 8 p.m. The twice-monthly concerts are part of the National Park Service’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” campaign.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center nurses are working with ThinkFirst Greater Washington Area to make certain Washington D.C.–area families understand such risks as bicycling without a helmet, diving into shallow water and other activities that could lead to concussion, disability or death.
“Summer is a time of increased outdoor activity, and we hope to get everyone to ‘ThinkFirst’ so they avoid preventable injury,” notes Sarah McLaughlin, BSN, RN, a Hospital Center nurse on the 2H neuro intensive care unit.
Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children, teens and young adults. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. ThinkFirst is dedicated to informing families about simple prevention steps such as wearing a seat belt, reducing distractions while driving, wearing a helmet on a bicycle and taking other safety precautions can prevent many serious injuries from occurring.
(From left) Nurses Maraki Endale, Katherine Gitlin, Shirley Dewitt and Kevin Murphy prepare for the “Music at the Monument” event on Friday, July 29.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 926-bed, major teaching and research hospital. It is the largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the nation’s capital, among the 100 largest hospitals in the nation and a major referral center for treating the most complex cases. U.S.News & World Report consistently ranks the hospital’s cardiology and heart surgery program as one of the nation’s best. It also is a respected top facility in the areas of cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. It operates MedSTAR, a nationally-verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances, and also operates the region’s only adult Burn Center.