News Category Search | MedStar Health

Featured News

  • Lucy De La Cruz
    January 20, 2022

    The renowned 39-year-old breast surgeon becomes youngest Latina woman to lead breast surgery program in U.S. at major academic medical center

    WASHINGTONLucy Maria De La Cruz, MD, has joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as chief of its Breast Surgery Program and director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. Dr. De La Cruz is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who specializes in advanced breast surgery procedures, including wireless lumpectomies, hidden scar technique, oncoplastic breast conservation, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She has been published in more than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific journals, and her pivotal papers on nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncologic outcomes have been cited worldwide. She will also direct the hospital’s breast surgery fellowship program.

    Lucy De La Cruz

    “I am honored and excited to lead the breast surgery program and the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital,” said De La Cruz. “It has been my life-long dream to bring my passion for medicine, helping others and building a state-of-the-art breast surgery program to advance breast health. I look forward to working with our multidisciplinary team of breast health experts to compassionately care for, educate and empower my patients in their health journey.”

    Dr. De La Cruz is an academic breast surgeon who conducts outcomes-focused research, and among her special interests are the impact of genomic mapping to guide breast cancer treatment and male breast cancer treatment. Her work is guided by a long-standing commitment to promoting equity and efficacy in breast cancer care delivery, using the principles of value-based health care.
      
    “The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are thrilled to have Dr. De La Cruz lead the breast surgery program. Her commitment to patients, their journey, and their outcomes are unmatched; and her expertise in novel surgical techniques brings new and beneficial options to patients,” said David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS, Physician Executive Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Professor and Chair Department of Plastic Surgery, and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine.
     
    Dr. De La Cruz’s story

    Dr. De La Cruz, 39, started her journey towards becoming the youngest Latina woman to lead a breast cancer surgery program at a major academic medical center at young age. As the daughter of international physician researchers, she spent a lot of time in labs where her parents worked, sparking her passion for medicine and “making a difference in people’s lives.” She grew up in Cuba, Mozambique, Spain, and Miami.
     
    In college, she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic at the Universidad Central Del Este School of Medicine, where students were involved in patient care very early in their education and training. There, she completed her medical degree, founded an American Medical Student Association chapter and raised scholarship funds to help those who couldn’t afford tuition.

    After graduation, she was told becoming a surgeon would be nearly impossible as a foreign medical graduate and a female. Despite this, De La Cruz obtained research fellowships from the University of Miami and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She continued her journey by obtaining a one-year residency internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, where she earned the Intern of the Year award and an AOA medical honor society membership for her dedication to medical student teaching. During her residency, she worked on an award-winning oncologic outcomes research project for nipple-sparing mastectomy that continues to be cited worldwide.
     
    That same year, Dr. De La Cruz started her breast surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she worked in private practice for a year before returning to the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty member in the associate program director of the breast cancer surgery fellowship program.
     
    After relocating to Washington, D.C., to be close to her family, she founded the breast cancer fellowship program curriculum at the Inova Health System. Now at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center, she continues to teach residents and fellows, pursue research, and care for patients – the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. 

    About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

    About the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center


Share this

MedStar Health makes the news

All News

  • March 03, 2021

    $10 million gift from Shelley and Allan Holt

    Washington D.C., — MedStar Georgetown University Hospital announced today a $10 million gift from Shelley and Allan Holt to support the construction of the new Medical/Surgical Pavilion, one of the largest health care projects in the region. The leadership gift – the largest ever received by MedStar Georgetown and the largest gift to the pavilion campaign to date – will provide revolutionary technology to assist surgeons with planning and performing complex procedures, improve the quality of care for patients, and create unparalleled training opportunities for tomorrow’s surgical leaders. 

    Specifically, the Holts’ gift will advance the hospital’s world class care with one of the first intraoperative MRI (iMRI) surgical suites in the region. The iMRI suite will be housed in the new Medical/Surgical Pavilion currently under construction at MedStar Georgetown which is scheduled for completion in 2023.

    “We are deeply grateful to the Holts for the generosity of this transformative gift that will advance our preeminent clinical and research environment,” said Kenneth A. Samet, president and CEO of MedStar Health. “Their gift has already catalyzed our philanthropic efforts and motivated other philanthropists to join this endeavor. This is truly an investment in the future of medicine, one that will benefit patients across the Washington, D.C., region and beyond.”

    “Our commitment holds great significance for me because I started my career at Georgetown University Hospital and am honored now to serve on the MedStar Georgetown Board of Directors,” said Mrs. Holt. “Allan and I have been impressed by their perpetual drive to advance the future of medicine, scholarly achievement, and access to care for all. We hope our gift for the new pavilion will encourage others to support it as they can.”

    The Medical/Surgical Pavilion supports MedStar Georgetown’s continued focus on providing outstanding patient care, leading-edge advancements in medical technology, and will take the region’s healthcare an important step into the future. The new pavilion is comprised of three essential elements of a world-class academic medical center: excellent clinical care, a strong foundation in education, and leading-edge research. As a result, the Medical/Surgical Pavilion will foster growth and training in the specialty services for complex diseases that Medstar Georgetown is uniquely qualified to deliver, including oncology, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and transplant.

    The pavilion is currently the largest health care construction project in Washington, D.C., comprising 477,213 square feet that will feature 156 private patient rooms, a rooftop helipad with direct access to 31 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and 32 exam rooms in a modernized emergency department.

    “I am indebted to the Holts for their visionary investment to support the iMRI suite in the new pavilion,” said Christopher Kalhorn, MD, co-director of the Movement Disorders Program and Director of epilepsy, pediatric, and functional Neurosurgery Program at MedStar Georgetown, and MedStar Health board member. “Intraoperative MRI allows for real time brain imaging while the patient is in the operating room, which improves accuracy and shortens surgical time. This technology will greatly benefit our patients with Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors, epilepsy, and more.”

    “The Holts’ exceptional commitment will enhance the landscape of patient care in the region so that patients receive tomorrow’s treatments today. We are at an exciting stage in our pavilion campaign and we know their gift will galvanize future investment. Shelley and Allan’s continued generosity, including a recent major gift to provide COVID-19 relief assistance to the hospital, is extraordinary and we are grateful for Shelley’s service on the board,” said Michael C. Sachtleben, president, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

    The Holts reside in Georgetown and are devoted philanthropists to causes that focus on innovation, education, and advancing the community in which they live. They have supported the National Air and Space Museum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, among other institutions.


    About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital licensed for 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C., Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, caring for the whole person, MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options in a trusting and compassionate environment. MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer, and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.

  • Front of MedStar Health Towson at Hillside Avenue
    March 02, 2021

    Towson Community Benefits from Choice of Two MedStar Health Urgent Care Clinics

    Columbia, MD – MedStar Health has reopened the urgent care location at 7825 York Road near Towson University formerly owned by Righttime Medical Care. The clinic is the first of 19 urgent care centers to be rebranded since MedStar Health acquired Righttime on December 1, 2020.  The urgent care location closed in April 2020 after Towson cancelled in-person classes and the number of patients sharply declined.

    MedStar_Health_Urgent_Care_in_Towson_at_Hillside_Avenue_Lobby_Area“The opening of this additional site is an advantage to the community we serve in Towson,” said Elizabeth Delasobera, MD, Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care.  “Patients will now benefit from access to high-quality medical care with greatly reduced wait times. We also look forward to serving students at Towson University when they need us for after-hours care as they return to in-person learning.”

    This new location, called MedStar Health Urgent Care in Towson at Hillside Avenue, has three newly renovated exam rooms and is open 12 hours a day. This new MedStar Health Urgent Care location is about a mile and a half from the existing MedStar Health Urgent Care in Towson at Anneslie Shopping Center, also on York Road.  

    MedStar_Health_Urgent_Care_in_Towson_at_Hillside_Avenue_Exam-RoomTo date, MedStar Health Urgent Care centers have conducted more than 200,000 COVID-19 tests and have served as a “front door” for COVID-19 patients to access more advanced treatments when needed, including monoclonal antibody therapy within the MedStar Health system. The acquisition of Righttime’s 19 urgent care locations across the state of Maryland means MedStar Health now offers care at 33 locations across Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.,

  • February 25, 2021

    Clinton, MD – MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has recently launched a new lung cancer screening program. The program aims to reduce lung cancer deaths by screening high-risk patients before they exhibit any symptoms. The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) concluded that early detection of lung cancer by low-dose CT scans can cut the lung cancer death rate by 20 percent. The hope is that people with lung cancer can have their disease caught while it’s still at an early stage, when there are more treatment options available and cure rates are better.

    “Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer mortality in both men and women, and most long-term lung cancer survivors are individuals who were diagnosed when the cancer was at an early stage,” said Stephen “Eric” Rubenstein, MD, medical director of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. “Our new lung cancer screening program will help identify people while their cancer is at an earlier stage, increasing the possibility that their cancer will be treatable.”

    Physicians will refer patients to the program who fit the high-risk profile for lung cancer: people between the ages of 55 and 80 who are current smokers or have quit within the last 15 years. In addition to fulfilling those criteria, patients must have had a 30 pack-year smoking history – equivalent to a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years.

    “One out of 100 people who fit these criteria and get screened will have lung cancer, and one in 300 will avoid dying from lung cancer,” said Sheil Shah, DO, diagnostic radiologist who will be leading the screening program at MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. “Identifying it in the early stages, where it could potentially have a cure, is the program’s goal.”

    Screenings will take place at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center using sophisticated low-dose CT technology that uses much less radiation than a traditional CT scan does. A diagnostic radiologist will review the scan and provide a report of findings, along with recommendations for follow-up care or future screening. If the radiologist identifies a suspicious area on the scan, the patient may be referred to MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for additional scans or biopsies. The cancer center, opened in late 2019, combines unmatched medical expertise, leading-edge therapies, and robust clinical research, all under one roof.

    “The test was easy. I had no discomfort,” said Temple Hills resident Orville Fogle, 65, who was the lung cancer screening program’s first participant. “I’ve had a couple of scans in the past, but MedStar Southern Maryland was the first hospital that actually gave me a clear diagnosis about what was going on with my lung, which was scar tissue.” Mr. Fogle is now in the process of quitting smoking and is pursuing follow-up care for the scar tissue in his lung.

    Nationally, approximately 60 percent of low-dose CT scans uncover lung nodules and incidental findings that require additional care. Patients who are found to have other, noncancerous disease in their lungs or nearby organs will benefit from the coordinated, multidisciplinary expertise – from pulmonology to cardiothoracic surgery – available throughout MedStar Health. The program will also incorporate smoking cessation counseling and follow-up communication with the patient’s primary care provider.

    MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, which is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, offers 25,000 square feet of treatment space with a state-of-the-art infusion center, women’s imaging suite, and robust radiation therapy capabilities that include Zap-X®, the first radiosurgery system of its kind on the East Coast, and Halcyon™, a new kind of radiotherapy offering faster, more accurate treatment.

    For more information about our program, please call 301-877-5588.


    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:
    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 182-bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved.

  • February 22, 2021

    Columbia, MD – Georgetown University, in collaboration with the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, has announced the development of a second track for The Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership Program focused on human factors engineering and systems safety. The new Human Factors Engineering track, in partnership with MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare will instruct on prominent principles and methods drawn from multiple disciplines like industrial engineering and cognitive psychology, and apply them to real-world patient safety and quality issues and challenges. The development of the second track compliments the existing Quality & Safety track which focuses on healthcare policies, regulation, and economics, along with how leaders are creating and leading sustainable change within healthcare.

    “The development of the additional track came after a close review of the existing educational market, and how there are still very few opportunities in this field,” said Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, scientific director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health and faculty in the Executive Master’s program. “As the complexity of healthcare increases with technological advances and information overload-the field of human factors engineering offers practical approaches to evaluate problems, mitigate risk, and improve outcomes.”

    The human factors engineering track will be available starting fall 2021. The Georgetown University Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership is an online asynchronous program led by international experts in patient safety, clinical quality and human factors engineering. For more information on the Executive Master’s and to enroll visit: patientsafetymasters.georgetown.edu.

    ###

    About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
    The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

    About the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

    The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (the Center) is an applied research, usability, safety advisement, and education center committed to the scientific study of how humans think, work, and interact within the healthcare environment.

    Located in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 2010 within the MedStar Institute for Innovation and moved to its new organizational home in the MedStar Health Research Institute in July 2020. Working in close collaboration with these teams and the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, the Center is the largest human factors program embedded within a U.S. healthcare system. For more information, visit www.medicalhumanfactors.net.

  • February 19, 2021
    As health systems deploy a variety of digital health tools in the fight against COVID-19, new MedStar Health research published in Nature Partner Journals’ npj Digital Medicine suggests one of the latest technologies may help in unexpected ways—chatbots, or conversational agent software programs that communicate via text and voice.
  • February 17, 2021

    Philanthropic Contribution will Fund Mobile Health Center Providing COVID-19 Vaccine to Underserved Communities

    Columbia, MD The Verstandig Family Foundation - a philanthropic organization established by digital innovator, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Grant Verstandig, with a focus on increasing public access to quality healthcare - today announced a $250,000 philanthropic contribution to MedStar Health, in support of ongoing COVID-19 vaccination distribution efforts in underserved communities in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area.

    The Verstandig Family Foundation giftwill be used to support MedStar Health’s innovative Mobile Health Center, which is currently traveling to underserved communities to raise awareness for the COVID-19 vaccine and administer the vaccine onsite. Led by a registered nurse practitioner, the mobile clinic brings quality health care directly to those in need and is currently serving vaccine eligible seniors living in community housing.

    “The Foundation is thrilled to support MedStar Health’s important work to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to the underserved communities in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area,” said Grant Verstandig. “All too often, those with the most urgent health care needs confront significant obstacles, from work to child care to transportation. MedStar Health’s Mobile Health Center is a resource at the right time and place, addressing hardships upfront and bringing quality health care to those in need. This important work aligns with our Family Foundation’s mission to make quality healthcare accessible to all.”

    “MedStar Health is grateful to receive philanthropic support from Grant Verstandig and the Verstandig Family Foundation as we partner to ensure COVID-19 vaccinations are quickly distributed to some of the region’s highest risk residents,” said Ken Samet, president and chief executive officer of MedStar Health. “Philanthropy partners like Grant Verstandig are making a significant impact on our ability to enhance the great work already happening in this effort through our community health programs. We are humbled by this support and generosity.”

    The initiative is being coordinated through the Community Health Program at MedStar Health. In addition to supporting the mobile unit, the gift contributes to enhancing educational awareness  to improve vaccine confidence among minority populations; the distribution of “COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in a Box” sends clinical teams to low-income, senior housing facilities, as well as safety-net clinics; and the implementation of vaccine distribution activities in collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department and DC Health, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    MedStar Health is the first medical provider in the region to deploy a mobile clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations, completing its first round of vaccinations at the Cherry Hill Senior Manor in Baltimore in late January. The 65 residents of the center will receive their second dose when the MedStar Health Mobile Health Center returns on February 26.

    play button

    “It is an amazing feeling to bring the COVID-19 vaccine directly to patients,” said nurse practitioner, Kelli McCallum, CRNP, who leads the mobile care team. “Many of these seniors are already dealing with health issues and are challenged by transportation barriers to get to a vaccine center. Being able to be here and speak with them one on one, where they are most comfortable, also offers a comfort zone.  If they have questions about vaccine safety, we can answer them. We are so proud of the trust we have been able to build through our Mobile Health Center. This extremely generous gift from the Verstandig Family Foundation will allow us to reach even more of our most vulnerable communities.”

    With this philanthropic contribution, the Verstandig Family Foundation builds on a long-term commitment to the greater Baltimore-Washington community. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation donated $1.3 million to the BSTRONG program to fund the procurement and delivery of personal protective equipment to more than 200 hospitals, clinics, and facilities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.,

    Verstandig advises multiple government organizations, including serving as a senior advisor to the National Security Agency on advanced analytics, technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Verstandig is also a member of the National Council for the American Enterprise Institute and is a founding member and Director of the Greater Washington Partnership.

    In addition to healthcare, the Verstandig Family Foundation also supports various initiatives in education, national security, and entrepreneurship. The Foundation is anchored in the philosophy of the Power of Purpose for giving and leveraging new ideas in philanthropy

    <rs-module-wrap id="rev_slider_79_1_wrapper" data-source="gallery" style="background: #e9e9e9; padding: 0px; margin: 0px auto; height: 480px; visibility: visible; overflow: visible;"><rs-module id="rev_slider_79_1" style="height: 480px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;" data-version="6.2.22" data-idcheck="true" class="revslider-initialised rev_redraw_on_blurfocus" data-slideactive="rs-448"> <rs-loader style="background-color: #ffffff; display: none;" class="spinner2 "></rs-loader></rs-module></rs-module-wrap>
     
     
     
     
     
    <rs-module-wrap id="rev_slider_79_1_wrapper" data-source="gallery" style="background: #e9e9e9; padding: 0px; margin: 0px auto; height: 480px; visibility: visible; overflow: visible;"><rs-module id="rev_slider_79_1" style="height: 480px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;" data-version="6.2.22" data-idcheck="true" class="revslider-initialised rev_redraw_on_blurfocus" data-slideactive="rs-448"><rs-loader style="background-color: #ffffff; display: none;" class="spinner2 "></rs-loader><rs-progress style="visibility: visible; inset: auto auto 0px; width: 100%; background-color: transparent; height: 5px; transform: translate(0px, 0px);"><rs-progress-bar style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px) scale(0.1094, 1); transform-origin: 0% 50%;"></rs-progress-bar></rs-progress><rs-slides style="visibility: visible; max-height: none; height: 100%; width: 100%; overflow: hidden;"> <rs-slide data-key="rs-451" data-title="Gallery 1" data-anim="ei:d;eo:d;s:600;r:0;t:fade;sl:7;" data-originalindex="1" data-origindex="0" data-scroll-based="false" style="overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%; z-index: 18; opacity: 0; visibility: hidden;" data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" data-rspausetimeronce="0" data-ntrid="0" data-isactiveslide="false"><rs-sbg-px style="background-color: transparent;"><rs-sbg-wrap data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%; visibility: inherit; opacity: 1; transform: perspective(600px);"><rs-sbg src="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png" data-bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; height: 100%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: inherit; z-index: 20;" data-src-rs-ref="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png"></rs-sbg></rs-sbg-wrap></rs-sbg-px> <rs-layer-wrap class="rs-parallax-wrap rs-forcehidden" style="position: absolute; display: block; pointer-events: none; left: 69px; top: 37.5px; z-index: 5; perspective: 601px;"><rs-loop-wrap style="position:absolute;display:block;"><rs-mask-wrap style="position: absolute; display: block; overflow: visible;"><rs-layer id="slider-79-slide-451-layer-1" data-type="image" data-rsp_ch="on" data-xy="x:84px;y:-4px;" data-dim="w:800;h:533;" data-frame_1="st:500;" data-frame_999="st:w;auto:true;" style="z-index: 5; color: #ffffff; width: 665px; height: 443.056px; min-height: 0px; min-width: 0px; max-height: none; max-width: none; transform-origin: 50% 50%; opacity: 0; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: visible;" class="rs-layer" data-idcheck="true" data-stylerecorder="true" data-initialised="true"> </rs-layer></rs-mask-wrap></rs-loop-wrap></rs-layer-wrap> </rs-slide> <rs-slide data-key="rs-448" data-title="Gallery 2" data-anim="ei:d;eo:d;s:600;r:0;t:fade;sl:7;" data-originalindex="2" data-origindex="1" data-scroll-based="false" style="overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%; z-index: 20; opacity: 1; visibility: inherit;" data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" data-rspausetimeronce="0" data-ntrid="0" data-isactiveslide="true"><rs-sbg-px style="background-color: transparent;"><rs-sbg-wrap data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%; visibility: inherit; opacity: 1; transform: perspective(600px);"><rs-sbg src="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png" data-bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; height: 100%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: inherit; z-index: 20;" data-src-rs-ref="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png"></rs-sbg></rs-sbg-wrap></rs-sbg-px> <rs-layer-wrap class="rs-parallax-wrap" style="position: absolute; display: block; pointer-events: auto; left: 76px; top: 27.5px; z-index: 5; perspective: 601px;"><rs-loop-wrap style="position:absolute;display:block;"><rs-mask-wrap style="position: absolute; display: block; overflow: visible;"><rs-layer id="slider-79-slide-448-layer-1" data-type="image" data-rsp_ch="on" data-xy="x:92px;y:-16px;" data-dim="w:800;h:533;" data-frame_1="st:500;" data-frame_999="st:w;auto:true;" style="z-index: 5; color: #ffffff; width: 665px; height: 443.056px; min-height: 0px; min-width: 0px; max-height: none; max-width: none; transform-origin: 50% 50%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: visible;" class="rs-layer" data-idcheck="true" data-stylerecorder="true" data-initialised="true"> </rs-layer></rs-mask-wrap></rs-loop-wrap></rs-layer-wrap> </rs-slide> <rs-slide data-key="rs-450" data-title="Gallery 3" data-anim="ei:d;eo:d;s:600;r:0;t:fade;sl:7;" data-originalindex="3" data-origindex="2" data-scroll-based="false" style="overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%; z-index: 18; opacity: 0; visibility: hidden;" data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" data-rspausetimeronce="0" data-ntrid="0" data-isactiveslide="false"><rs-sbg-px style="background-color: transparent;"><rs-sbg-wrap data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%; visibility: inherit; opacity: 1; transform: perspective(600px);"><rs-sbg src="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png" data-bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; height: 100%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: inherit; z-index: 20;" data-src-rs-ref="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png"></rs-sbg></rs-sbg-wrap></rs-sbg-px> <rs-layer-wrap class="rs-parallax-wrap rs-forcehidden" style="position: absolute; display: block; pointer-events: none; left: 76px; top: 27.5px; z-index: 5; perspective: 601px;"><rs-loop-wrap style="position:absolute;display:block;"><rs-mask-wrap style="position: absolute; display: block; overflow: visible;"><rs-layer id="slider-79-slide-450-layer-1" data-type="image" data-rsp_ch="on" data-xy="x:92px;y:-16px;" data-dim="w:800;h:533;" data-frame_1="st:500;" data-frame_999="st:w;auto:true;" style="z-index: 5; color: #ffffff; width: 665px; height: 443.056px; min-height: 0px; min-width: 0px; max-height: none; max-width: none; transform-origin: 50% 50%; opacity: 0; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: visible;" class="rs-layer" data-idcheck="true" data-stylerecorder="true" data-initialised="true"> </rs-layer></rs-mask-wrap></rs-loop-wrap></rs-layer-wrap> </rs-slide> <rs-slide data-key="rs-449" data-title="Gallery 4" data-anim="ei:d;eo:d;s:600;r:0;t:fade;sl:7;" data-originalindex="4" data-origindex="3" data-scroll-based="false" style="overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%; z-index: 18; opacity: 0; visibility: hidden;" data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" data-rspausetimeronce="0" data-ntrid="0" data-isactiveslide="false"><rs-sbg-px style="background-color: transparent;"><rs-sbg-wrap data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%; visibility: inherit; opacity: 1; transform: perspective(600px);"><rs-sbg src="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png" data-bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; height: 100%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: inherit; z-index: 20;" data-src-rs-ref="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png"></rs-sbg></rs-sbg-wrap></rs-sbg-px> <rs-layer-wrap class="rs-parallax-wrap rs-forcehidden" style="position: absolute; display: block; pointer-events: none; left: 76px; top: 27.5px; z-index: 5; perspective: 601px;"><rs-loop-wrap style="position:absolute;display:block;"><rs-mask-wrap style="position: absolute; display: block; overflow: visible;"><rs-layer id="slider-79-slide-449-layer-1" data-type="image" data-rsp_ch="on" data-xy="x:92px;y:-16px;" data-dim="w:800;h:533;" data-frame_1="st:500;" data-frame_999="st:w;auto:true;" style="z-index: 5; color: #ffffff; width: 665px; height: 443.056px; min-height: 0px; min-width: 0px; max-height: none; max-width: none; transform-origin: 50% 50%; opacity: 0; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: visible;" class="rs-layer" data-idcheck="true" data-stylerecorder="true" data-initialised="true"> </rs-layer></rs-mask-wrap></rs-loop-wrap></rs-layer-wrap> </rs-slide> <rs-slide data-key="rs-453" data-title="Gallery 5" data-anim="ei:d;eo:d;s:600;r:0;t:fade;sl:7;" data-originalindex="5" data-origindex="4" data-scroll-based="false" style="overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%; z-index: 18; opacity: 0; visibility: hidden;" data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" data-rspausetimeronce="0" data-ntrid="0" data-isactiveslide="false"><rs-sbg-px style="background-color: transparent;"><rs-sbg-wrap data-owidth="300" data-oheight="200" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%; visibility: inherit; opacity: 1; transform: perspective(600px);"><rs-sbg src="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png" data-bgcolor="#ffffff" style="background: #ffffff; width: 100%; height: 100%; opacity: 1; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: inherit; z-index: 20;" data-src-rs-ref="https://www.medstarhealth.org/content/plugins/revslider/public/assets/assets/transparent.png"></rs-sbg></rs-sbg-wrap></rs-sbg-px> <rs-layer-wrap class="rs-parallax-wrap rs-forcehidden" style="position: absolute; display: block; pointer-events: none; left: 76px; top: 27.5px; z-index: 5; perspective: 601px;"><rs-loop-wrap style="position:absolute;display:block;"><rs-mask-wrap style="position: absolute; display: block; overflow: visible;"><rs-layer id="slider-79-slide-453-layer-1" data-type="image" data-rsp_ch="on" data-xy="x:92px;y:-16px;" data-dim="w:800;h:533;" data-frame_1="st:500;" data-frame_999="st:w;auto:true;" style="z-index: 5; color: #ffffff; width: 665px; height: 443.056px; min-height: 0px; min-width: 0px; max-height: none; max-width: none; transform-origin: 50% 50%; opacity: 0; transform: translate(0px, 0px); visibility: visible;" class="rs-layer" data-idcheck="true" data-stylerecorder="true" data-initialised="true"> </rs-layer></rs-mask-wrap></rs-loop-wrap></rs-layer-wrap> </rs-slide> </rs-slides></rs-module> </rs-module-wrap>

    About the Verstandig Family Foundation 
    Launched in 2017, the Verstandig Family Foundation embraces partnerships with a mission to engage thought leaders, drive policy outcomes and build substantial programs in education, entrepreneurship, national security, health and wellness, and animal rescue. 

    About MedStar Health
    At MedStar Health, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. Our 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living this promise through our core SPIRIT values—Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork—across our more than 300 locations including 10 hospitals, ambulatory, and urgent care centers. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar Health is training future physician leaders to care for the whole person, and is advancing care through the MedStar Health Research Institute. From our telemedicine and urgent care services to the region’s largest home health agency, we’re committed to providing high-quality health care that’s also easy and convenient for our patients. At MedStar Health—It’s how we treat people. Learn more at MedStarHealth.org.