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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June 22, 2016
Information sessions available June 28 and 30
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be offering information sessions Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30, to help educate individuals about the communication disorder, which affects approximately 2 million Americans.
Aphasia is an acquired condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, however, it can also result from head injury, brain tumor or other neurological causes. Many people with aphasia have Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Individuals with aphasia often have difficulty reading, writing, speaking or understanding.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about aphasia and strategies to communicate with people who have aphasia, may stop by the hospital’s Atrium, which is located next to the Café at Buena Vista, between noon and 1 p.m. on June 28 or 30. A speech language pathologist will be available to offer information and interested individuals may also sign up for an aphasia support group.
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.
June 21, 2016
One of our most important directives at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is to improve health in our community. From the Community Health Needs Assessment, we know that there are great disparities in health among those we serve, and that they are often linked to socioeconomic factors such as housing instability, unemployment, hunger, domestic violence and lack of transportation. Such factors can lead families to avoid preventive and routine care, instead using the Emergency Department (ED) only when an illness or condition becomes more severe.
To address health disparities that stem from socioeconomic factors, MedStar Health has chosen three sites to pilot a program designed to identify the most important problems interfering with patients’ health and connect the patients with existing aid programs. We were chosen as a pilot site, along with the MedStar Harbor Hospital Obstetrics Department and the MedStar Franklin Square Family Health Center.
The program has three parts: performing screenings of all patients who enter our Emergency Department, linking patients to appropriate community services, and conducting follow-up resource counseling to patients who screen positive for unmet needs. The pilot is largely based on use of an online tool called Aunt Bertha, a database that makes it easy to find need-based social service programs in a specific geographic area.
“It’s about meeting patients where they’re at,” says Octavia Peterson, who is our hospital’s health lead for the project, as well as community outreach coordinator for Cardiac Care Management. She says the goal is to not only give these patients the emergency care they need, but to try to help them with other needs that could be affecting their health.
When the pilot begins on July 1, Emergency Department nurses will start screening every ED patient. Patients who have an identified need for services will be referred to our case management department. There, a case manager will use Aunt Bertha to search for appropriate social program for each individual and will later follow up to make sure the patient has actually contacted those programs.
Key questions that MedStar Health hopes to answer with this pilot include what social needs face our patients, the feasibility of screening for social needs at the point of care, the effectiveness of Aunt Bertha in linking patients to services, and whether the program actually affects patient behaviors.
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