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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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  • May 21, 2019

    Center Only One in Maryland to Receive the Top Honor


    BALTIMORE—
    The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has received America's Best Breast Centers' Women's Choice Award, for a fourth consecutive year, and tops the list of breast centers in the state of Maryland. The recognition is the country's only award bestowed on breast centers based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. 

    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Breast Center was one of less than two dozen centers in the country to be designated a Featured Breast Center of Excellence and was the only one selected in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Virginia. Eleven others in Maryland were also honored for meeting high standards but were not designated Featured Breast Centers of Excellence.

    “When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is looking for compassionate care that considers her unique disease and tailors a treatment plan just for her,” said Dr. Kristen Fernandez, director of the center. “We are so thrilled that The Women’s Choice Award has yet again recognized our staff and their hard work to create the best outcomes for patients who are going through one of the biggest fights of their lives.”

    The Women’s Choice Award sifts through accreditations and federal government patient recommendation rankings to determine which are the highest quality breast centers in the nation. America’s Best Breast Centers award winners must meet National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers standards from the American College of Surgeons or be designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence (Comprehensive) by the National Consortium of Breast Centers; they must carry the seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence; and they must receive a rating in the top 75% for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ patient recommendation measures, or their equivalent in the case of breast centers without hospital affiliation.

    The surgeons at The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center treat the disease by drafting a personalized treatment plan for to the patient’s unique needs. It offers targeted therapies or biologics, advanced clinical trials, tumor molecular profiling, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). All the breast surgeons have been designated “Top Doctors” by Baltimore magazine.

    Click here for more information about The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

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    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

  • May 17, 2019

    An Oxon Hill, Md. man suffering from a gunshot wound is now safe thanks to the quick actions of a MedStar Health employee. Though not an emergency responder, Phyllis Norville, a lead clinical consultant for MedStar Visiting Nurse Association, knew exactly what to do in the critical situation thanks to “Stop the Bleed” active shooter training she received at her organization.

    Norville had been grocery shopping when the gunshot victim entered the store, yelling that he needed help. She told the man to sit on the floor and apply pressure to the wound on his arm while she called 911 and gathered supplies from the customer service desk to safely assist him.

    “I immediately attempted to assess the wound area, took a towel and placed it over the wound, and wrapped it tightly to keep pressure,” said Norville. “With the help of the store manager, I used a belt as a tourniquet. We wrapped it as well as we could several inches above the man’s joint and wound area.”

    Hearing the sounds of approaching sirens, Norville spoke with the victim to keep him calm and engaged until emergency services arrived. When EMS asked Norville if she was a nurse or doctor, she said she was neither, and was “just a healthcare professional for many years.”

    Norville said, “I give so much credit to MedStar Health’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ training module for teaching me how to handle this situation. “I never thought I would encounter such an emergency. After the shock of it all, I could only think to myself ‘What would I have done if I hadn’t taken that course?’”

    According to MedStar VNA President Traci Anderson, “Phyllis is a very dedicated employee who consistently puts others first. I am not surprised to hear that she jumped in to help a stranger in this very serious situation. Her ability to take action and effectively help the man certainly proves the tremendous value in the safety training programs that MedStar Health provides for its employees.”

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    About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association
    MedStar VNA provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar VNA treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar VNA is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

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  • May 14, 2019


    BALTIMORE — MedStar Visiting Nurse Association is proud to announce that Cortney Amend, RN, a clinical lead for the homecare company’s Middle River, Md., location, earned the Excellence in Nursing award from Baltimore magazine. During National Nurses Week, Baltimore magazine recognized the region’s top nurses for their extraordinary contributions to healthcare. Amend received an award in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category for the fantastic care she provides patients in their homes every day.

    According to Carmen Lott, VP of Nursing Services, “Cortney is a great nurse and we are thrilled that she earned this recognition. She is an excellent representative of our patient first value and her patients cannot say enough good things about her. We receive positive comments and requests for her care on a regular basis. This award is well deserved.”

    Baltimore magazine awarded 75 of the region’s top nurses, spanning 18 specialties. They will be featured in the May issue of the magazine. Among the Excellence in Nursing award winners, the MedStar Health system boasts 10 additional honorees from other Baltimore-area locations, including: Rosine Castro, Barbara Chandler, Carolina DelaCruz, Mary Herster, Jessica Johnson, Rebecca Landreth, and Akira Swift of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Michelle Sauter and Shannon Queen of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital; and Philberta Noble of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

    Amend and the additional awardees were selected among a pool of hundreds of nominations by a panel of RN advisors.

    Find the full list of winners in the May 2019 issue of Baltimore magazine and on its website.


    About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

    MedStar VNA provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar VNA treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar VNA is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

  • May 10, 2019

    CLINTON, MD—MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC)’s new cancer treatment center is one step closer toward its completion with the addition of a new cancer-fighting technology in the office of Radiation Oncologist Andrew Satinsky, MD

    On March 20, Dr. Satinsky began using the new Halcyon™ machine to treat patients. The Halcyon™ is an image guidance system delivering radiation more easily, more efficiently and with greater comfort, without compromising on quality. This results in a treatment that is highly effective in far less time.

    Dr. Satinsky treating a patient with the Halcyon™ machine.

    “This treatment revolutionizes the quality, expediency, comfort and safety of patients treated with radiation in the state of Maryland,” said Andrew Satinsky, MD. “This is exciting for us because we’re the first center in the DC Metro area to have this, and it means we’re on the cutting edge of technology.”

    This new technology involves a low energy X-ray that allows soft imaging of the patient to minimize radiation risks while delivering afterwards a powerful treatment capable of achieving the demands of each patient’s needs. Another advantage includes new software tools that allow clinical evaluations for quick decision making on the need for clinical changes to the treatment, through adaptive radiation therapy.

    The first patient to be treated at MSMHC was U.S. Department of Behavioral Health Police Officer John Long, who is receiving this treatment five days per week for two months.

    “The process was simpler than I thought,” said Long. “It takes just ten to twelve minutes and they have explained everything to me, really taken the time to explain the process.  I came here because my first impression was good and I haven’t been disappointed.”

    Already, MSMHC has expanded its cancer treatment services to include a robust Cancer Committee, which meets throughout the year to discuss the latest innovations in cancer patient care.  It also has a weekly tumor board meeting where a team of physicians in different disciplines meet to confer on cases.  In addition, the hospital’s roster of cancer treatment physicians, which includes Andrew Satinsky, MD, and Breast Surgeon Ekaterina Tsiapali, MD, recently expanded to add Hematologist-Oncologist Eric Rubenstein, MD.

    “The acquisition of the Halcyon™ machine is another step toward offering the most state-of-the-art medicine and creating the new cancer treatment center we are building at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center,” said MSMHC President Christine Wray.

    This fall, MSMHC plans to open its cancer treatment center. This center will serve as a connector between all disciplines involved in cancer treatment, from the patient to radiation oncologists, nursing, social workers, surgeons, specialists and primary care doctors, allowing the team to tailor care to the individual patient’s needs while collaborating with all care providers, and taking an approach that involves cooperation between everyone involved in a patient’s treatment. The second advantage of this center will be to offer state-of-the-art care close to the residents of southern Maryland.

    “The key is to let patients stay near home, in their community, not have to struggle to get to a reputable cancer center.  We know there are physical limitations associated with a cancer diagnosis and the ideal place to heal is at home under the careful watch of family, friends and community,” said Dr. Rubenstein.

    For more information about cancer treatment at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, please visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org/CancerTreatment.

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    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176 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 through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

    For more information, visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org.

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