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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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  • January 06, 2020

    MedStar Health is proud to announce it is a founding member and first health system to join the Cerner Learning Health NetworkSM, an innovative platform from Cerner Corporation. The purpose of the Cerner Learning Health Network is to provide health systems and clinical research organizations with resources to more efficiently conduct research that ultimately helps to advance health care for patients. As part of the network, MedStar Health plans to bring trial opportunities to its clinical investigators and other members. These health systems will have opportunities to participate in a variety of research studies, as well as propose research ideas. Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) is a global health care technology company, designed to enhance clinical research and improve patient care through cross-industry collaboration. Read more.

  • January 06, 2020

    (Columbia, MD) - Starting today and going for as long as the Baltimore Ravens stay in the playoffs, babies born at participating MedStar Health hospitals will go home decked out in bibs and beanies in support of the home team as they advance to play the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. In keeping with the Ravens’ team slogan “Big Truss,” newborns will receive purple bibs bearing “Bib Truss” and two-tone purple beanies that say “Lil Truss.”

    To help launch the program, Ravens mascot, Poe, and members of the Ravens cheer team visited the Ravens’ newest and littlest members of the flock at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospitals.

    At MedStar Franklin Square new daddy Brian Diller of Bel Air, said his son baby Austin, “arrived two weeks early to make sure he was around for the playoff games.”

    At MedStar Harbor Hospital, Rashad Johns just welcomed his baby daughter into the world.  “Her mother loves the Ravens and they’re going to love this.”

    “She’s going to be a Ravens fan, a diehard fan, just like her grandma,” said Dominic Praharnpap said of his new baby girl, also born at MedStar Harbor Hospital.

    The first sets of new parents to receive the swag at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital are Washington Redskins fans but are good sports about their newborns wearing Ravens purple.  “I’m a Redskins fan, but I’m OK with this - for now,” joked Matthew Trollinger of La Plata, Maryland whose daughter Evelyn was born Monday.  “The Ravens are in the playoffs, and I respect that.”

    Participating hospitals include MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

  • January 06, 2020

    Leonardtown, Maryland – The holidays may be over, but MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is still celebrating. January marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the hospital’s Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. A special open house will be held Friday, Jan. 10, to commemorate the occasion and the public is invited to attend the event which will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. The center is located inside the front entrance of the hospital just off the main lobby.

    The Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center was opened on Jan. 8, 2010 and was funded by a gift from former ABC News “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel in honor of his wife, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel. Grace Anne was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2001 and was only given a few years to live. Thanks to pulmonary rehabilitation, Grace Anne has lived with and managed her condition for 18 years and has been active as an advocate and spokesperson for COPD ever since.

    “When I was diagnosed and given really what I thought was a very short time to live, there was not much hope offered to patients,” said Grace Anne, “but I was fortunate that I did have a script for pulmonary rehab. When I graduated, I realized that I could maintain a good life, I could travel, I could work, I could do all the things I wanted to do, but others didn't have this opportunity.”

    Since the center opened at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, the Dorney-Koppel Foundation has opened 12 centers in various locations across the country and is working on opening a 13th center this year at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The Koppels had initially planned to open centers in rural areas but have since discovered that some urban areas lack resources as well.

    “We are making an exception for DC because the need is great and there is not one single pulmonary rehab center in the District of Columbia, in our national’s capital,” said Grace Anne. “People from DC have to go to Maryland, and it is outrageous to think there are people who are suffering and who can't breathe, and are expected to make a trip like that.

    “In rural America 8.2 percent of the population is diagnosed with COPD. It is double the rate that it is in metropolitan America and the resources are far fewer in rural America. So rural America is still the area where we can make the most progress because there is the most need. But this really shouldn't exclude other areas that need our help as well.”

    The Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital provides pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation services designed to limit the effects of illness, prevent future recurrences or medical complications, and maximize the ability to participate in daily tasks.  Rehabilitation may help individuals improve energy for tasks such as dressing and bathing, walking to the mailbox, shopping at the local store, or dining out with friends and family.  The focus is on rebuilding a patient’s strength and endurance to safely resume life’s demands, whether that is returning to work or his or her favorite hobby.  Since it opened in 2001, the center has helped more than 1,700 patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, COPD, asthma or other lung conditions, and cardiac conditions such a heart attack or cardiac surgery.

    “We tend to feel out of control when we are diagnosed with this disease,” said Grace Anne. “Taking pulmonary or cardiac rehab empowers people to take charge of their own lives so that they know what to do if they notice changes in their own breathing and they recognize the value of exercise, nutrition, and knowledge of the disease. It is a win-win situation, both for the therapist who works with them and for the patients who learn how to be in charge again.”

    Visit MedStartStMarys.org/GADC to learn more about the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center or visit the open house on Jan. 10 to meet the staff, take a tour of the center, and participate in activities related to cardiopulmonary health.

    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. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

  • January 01, 2020

    Washington, D.C., – MedStar Health is celebrating the release of the 1,000th recovered COVID-19 positive patient treated across its 10 hospitals in the region.

    The milestone was reached after a 60-year-old man from Upper Marlboro, Maryland was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C., He was admitted to  the hospital with a high fever, cough, shortness of breath and body aches. Only five days later, he was headed home to his family and feeling good.

    “You’ve got a good team here,” he said. “They worked together. They helped me out. Anything I asked for, they gave it to me. There is great teamwork here.”

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    Over the course of his stay, the patient suffered from high fevers daily and was treated by care teams with a course of intravenous antibiotics. Many of those staff members gathered to cheer the patient on as he left his room and headed home. The “clap line” has become a tradition at several MedStar Health hospitals to honor COVID-19 positive patients who are discharged.

    “I am thrilled that our patient had a great outcome, with a quick resolution,” said Gregory Argyros, MD, MACP, FCCP, and president of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “I am also thrilled for our team. These victories are very powerful and give us strength in our continued fight against COVID-19.”

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