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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May 19, 2016
By: Arshad A Khan, MD Director Interventional Radiology, Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Varicose veins are prominent & bulging leg veins that are direct result of valve malfunction. Without treatment there is increased pressure in these superficial veins resulting in their dilatation which manifests as unsightly dilated and bulging structures just under the skin. Not only they are unsightly, but can result is further medical problems if left untreated. Varicose veins affect millions of Americans. Usually females are more affected and older age is also risk factor. Other risk factors for varicose veins are family history, pregnancy and excessive weight.
Usual presentation of varicose veins is aching pain in legs, heaviness, itching and sometimes skin ulcers. Usually the symptoms are worse as the day progresses and are at peak in the evening. Relief is found by sitting down and elevating your legs.
If you think that you may have varicose veins, please consult your doctor for evaluation. Your doctor may order and ultrasound of your leg veins to see the valvular function. If needed you could be referred to vascular specialist for evaluation and treatment.
Usually treatments for varicose veins are compression stockings , vein ablation ( closing the vein with heat either with laser or radiofrequency), phlebectomy (removal of tiny pieces of veins thru needle tracks) and sclerotherapy (injection of medication into varicose veins to destroy the vein wall and make spider veins disappear). All these treatments are performed as outpatient and take 1-2 hours and you can return to work on the same day.
If you need an evaluation for varicose veins, you can have a consult with one of the interventional radiologists who are minimally invasive vascular physicians and are now available at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital for consultation.
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