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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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    Hosting an event called “Making Health” at Georgetown University, the two organizations said they wanted to highlight the potential impact the “maker movement” could have on health care. Loosely defined, the “maker movement” is an umbrella term for the independent inventors, designers and tinkerers who are creating and selling self-made products.

    “What can we do to shine a spotlight on what these individual inventors can do?” said Susannah Fox, chief technology officer at Health and Human Services. “We need to open more doors and windows to let them know we want innovation to happen. We just want it to happen safely.”

    The event felt like a science fair for adults.

    Dozens of inventors from MedStar, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, local incubators and individual small businesses set up at tables to show off examples of their creations. At one table, an entrepreneur showed how his company’s application for Google Glass allows visually-impaired users to read text. Another showed off a smartphone application that could diagnose malaria by counting red blood cells seen under a microscope. One participant created a shirt with a blinker system sewn into its back to protect bicyclists riding at night.

    “This is for tinkerers,” Smith said, looking around at the flurry of activity in the hotel conference room at Georgetown’s Leavey Center.

    Data is easier than ever to access, technology has created more open-source platforms and 3-D printers allow individuals with an idea to easily construct prototypes of ideas they’ve dreamed up. “We’re witnessing the democratization of ‘making’ because the tools out there allow people to make stuff so much faster,” Smith said.

  • June 28, 2016

    This summer, MedStar Sports Medicine will be conducting pre-participation sports physicals at the following locations and times. The pre-participation physicals will be conducted by the staff of MedStar Sports Medicine, one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. MedStar Health is the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and U.S. Lacrosse, as well as the official sports medicine and orthopedic team for the Baltimore Orioles.

    For questions or to make an appointment, email or call 888-44-SPORT. 

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    MedStar Health at Waugh Chapel
    By appointment only
    2410 Evergreen Road, Suite 100, Gambrills, MD 21054
    Cost is $30, cash or check payment accepted 

    Saturday, July 30, 2016
    8 a.m. to noon
    MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
    Johnston Professional Building, Fourth Floor
    Walk-in only
    201 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218
    Cost is $10, cash only 

    Sunday, August 7, 2016
    8 a.m. to noon
    MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Howard County
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    Cost is $30, cash or check payment accepted