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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 29, 2019

    MedStar Health’s environmental and sustainability strategies have been recognized through several national awards. This past year, our 10 hospitals received a total of 12 Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. “Throughout MedStar Health we know that sustainability is essential to better care for our patients, for our communities, and for the planet,” says Jerry Adams, Director, Environmental & Safety Compliance for MedStar Health and chair of the Corporate Environmental Leadership Committee. The Committee works on projects like recycling and other environmental efforts at hospitals in the system. “In health care, sustainability means eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling solid waste, cutting down on regulated and chemical waste, lowering energy and water consumption, sourcing food and products sustainably, and establishing green purchasing policies.” 

    • All 10 hospitals have now achieved the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award which is given to health care facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury and have policies in place to prevent it from re-entering the facility. Award criteria include strong mercury-free purchasing policies and management practices, staff education, and a commitment to continuing to be mercury-free. Mercury is a hazardous chemical associated with many health risks.
    • Seven facilities received the Partner for Change award and 3 facilities received the Partner Recognition Award. These awards are given to health care facilities that are changing and continuously improving their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas like waste reduction, energy savings efforts and the use of safer chemicals and products.

    The MedStar Health Corporate Environmental Leadership Council spearheads a diverse array of sustainability programs to help track, report, and identify future opportunities with our key partners on topics such as environmental health and safety, energy management, environmental services, supply chain, food and nutrition, nursing, and more.

    • Other notable system-wide metrics from 2018:
      • Tracked 28 different waste streams generated
      • Diverted 8,287,054 pounds of waste from landfills or incineration or 26.1% of total waste generated
      • Reduced 5,678,979 kwh of electricity in 2018 from baseline
      • Utilized Green Seal or ECOLOGO-certified cleaning chemicals
      • 9 out of 10 facilities collected single-use devices for reprocessing

    The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize health care facilities for their efforts in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

     

  • January 29, 2019

    Raj Ratwani, PhD, director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, has been honored with the Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement for outstanding research and other contributions made within 10 years of receiving a PhD. Read more.

  • January 29, 2019

    Diabetes to Go

    Overview

    Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) is key to reducing the burden of diabetes both on those living with this chronic, complex condition and on the healthcare system.1 DSMES is defined as the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for diabetes self-care.2–4 Effective delivery and patient uptake of DSMES has been shown to improve outcomes, including reduction in hemoglobin A1C, diabetes-related complications 5,6 and acute care encounters,7 and to promote adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors.3,8–10

    Research confirms that DSMES is largely underutilized. For example, less than 5% of Medicare beneficiaries access their DSMES benefits,11 and as few as 7% of patients with private insurance receive DSMES within the one-year after diabetes diagnosis.12 Innovative approaches for reaching patients with T2DM and successfully engaging them in DSMES are required to optimize its potential impact.

    Diabetes survival skills education (DSSE), a component of DSMES, is the process of facilitating the core knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for safe and effective diabetes self-care in the short term.14–16 The goal of DSSE is to keep patients safe and stable during transitions of care (e.g., from hospital to home) and for patients with T2DM to be able to recognize when their diabetes is not well managed (e.g., hypo or hyperglycemic events).

    Approaches to effectively deliver standardized self-care management education and support for adults living with Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are needed to enable optimal outcomes.

    Diabetes To Go is the education program of the MedStar Diabetes Institute.

    This program has been developed by our diabetes specialists, including Endocrinologists and nurses, nutritionists, nurse practitioners and pharmacist who are diabetes educators, in partnership with our Primary Care Physicians. Our patients and a health literacy specialist helped develop and reviewed the program.

    The Diabetes To Go Booklet covers diabetes survival skills – or the basics about diabetes.

    The Diabetes To Go Pocket Guide is a brief summary of the same content that is found in the booklet.

    The Diabetes To Go program has a full set of companion videos.  A few samples of these videos are found below for viewing.

     


    For Patients

    Know About Your Diabetes: Full Guide

    Survival Skills Basics Pocket Guide

     


    Diabetes to Go Sample Videos

     

    Application Process: Logic Chart for Video Playlists

     


    For Staff & Clincians

    Process Chart for Education Delivery

    Tablet Cleaning Job Aid

    Create a Patient Account

    Script: Invite a Patient to Join in Education

    Survival Skills Basics Pocket Guide

     


    MedStar Diabetes and Research Institutes’ “Diabetes To Go-Inpatient Study” was funded by the National Institutes of Health-NIDDK R34 DK-105903 Award. This grant funded redesign of the MDI’s Diabetes To Go education materials .


    References

    1. Powers MA, Bardsley J, Cypress M, et al. Diabetes Self-management Education and Support in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2017;43(1):40-53. doi:10.1177/0145721716689694
    2. Armstrong C. ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Am Fam Physician. 2017;95(1):40-43. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28075100. Accessed May 5, 2017.
    3. Powers MA, Bardsley J, Cypress M, et al. Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Type 2 Diabetes: A Joint Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(8):1323-1334. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2015.05.012
    4. Beck J, Greenwood DA, Blanton L, et al. 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Diabetes Educ. 2017;43(10):1409-1419. doi:10.2337/dci17-0025
    5. Steinsbekk A, Rygg L, Lisulo M, Rise MB, Fretheim A. Group based diabetes self-management education compared to routine treatment for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. A systematic review with meta-analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12(1):213. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-213
    6. Rise MB, Pellerud A, Rygg LØ, Steinsbekk A. Making and Maintaining Lifestyle Changes after Participating in Group Based Type 2 Diabetes Self- Management Educations: A Qualitative Study. PLoS One. 2013;8(5):e64009. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064009
    7. Healy SJ, Black D, Harris C, Lorenz A, Dungan KM. Inpatient diabetes education is associated with less frequent hospital readmission among patientswith poor glycemic control. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(10):2960-2967. doi:10.2337/dc13-0108
    8. Chrvala CA, Sherr D, Lipman RD. Diabetes self-management education for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of the effect on glycemic control. Patient Educ Couns. 2016;99:926-943. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2015.11.003
    9. Magee M, Bowling A, Copeland J, Fokar A, Pasquale P, Youssef G. The ABCs of diabetes: diabetes self-management education program for African Americans affects A1C, lipid-lowering agent prescriptions, and emergency department visits. Diabetes Educ. 37(1):95-103. doi:10.1177/0145721710392246
    10. Gurková E, Čáp J, Žiaková K. Quality of life and treatment satisfaction in the context of diabetes self-management education. Int J Nurs Pract. 2009;15(2):91-98. doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01733.x
    11. Strawbridge LM, Lloyd JT, Meadow A, Riley GF, Howell BL. One-Year Outcomes of Diabetes Self-Management Training Among Medicare Beneficiaries Newly Diagnosed With Diabetes. Med Care. 2017;55(4):391-397. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000653
    12. Li R, Shrestha SS, Lipman R, et al. Diabetes self-management education and training among privately insured persons with newly diagnosed diabetes--United States, 2011-2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63(46):1045-1049. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25412060. Accessed July 8, 2019.
    13. Ferguson S, Swan M, Smaldone A. Does Diabetes Self-management Education in Conjunction With Primary Care Improve Glycemic Control in Hispanic Patients? Diabetes Educ. 2015;41(4):472-484. doi:10.1177/0145721715584404
    14. Hardee SG, Osborne KC, Njuguna N, et al. Interdisciplinary diabetes care: A new model for inpatient diabetes education. Diabetes Spectr. 2015;28(4):276-282. doi:10.2337/diaspect.28.4.276
    15. Youssef G, Ip EH, Magee M, et al. Validity and Reliability of a (Brief) Diabetes “Survival Skills” Knowledge Test: KNOW Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2019;45(2):184-193. doi:10.1177/0145721719828064
    16. Lewis VR, Benda N, Nassar C, Magee MF. Successful Patient Diabetes Education in the Emergency Department. Diabetes Educ. 2015;41(3):343-350. doi:10.1177/0145721715577484

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • January 25, 2019
    Dr. Theresa Stone Showcases Innovative Approaches to Health and Wellness for Thanksgiving and Throughout Winter as Part of the Fresh & Savory Program
  • January 25, 2019

    During the 7th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, Dr. David Mayer, Executive Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF). PSMF was founded by Joe Kiani, the CEO of medical technology company Masimo, who set a goal to reach zero preventable patient deaths in the U.S. by 2020.

    Tina Reed from FierceHealthcare caught up with Dr. Mayer during the summit to discuss his goals for PSMF. Read the full interview here.

  • January 24, 2019

    Hyattsville, MD — Kenneth L Fan, MD, has been awarded funding through the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant to research patient-reported outcome measures for patients who undergo lower limb amputation to treat issues caused by diabetes.

    The goal of the MedStar Diabetes Research Grant is to support investigators in the field of diabetes research who are interested in developing pilot data that can lead to additional, externally funded studies. This funding opportunity for MedStar investigators interested in diabetes research was made possible by a generous donation to MedStar Health.

    Diabetic lower extremity disease has surpassed diabetic coma as the primary driver of mortality among people with diabetes. The research study funded, “Examination of Functional, Morbidity, and Mortality Outcomes of Surgical Modalities in Diabetic Limb Salvage”, will begin by seeking to compare national averages for patient outcomes to those treated as a multidisciplinary center. The study will then leverage patient-reported outcome measures to compare patient feedback to surgical outcomes, such as ambulatory status. Using that information, patients undergoing surgery will be surveyed both before and after, to determine if preoperative patient-reported outcome measures scores may predict how well patients will tolerate certain procedures.

    “This generous donation to diabetes research at MedStar Health allows us to support investigators who are focused on finding better ways to treat our patients with diabetes,” said Neil Weissman, MD, chief scientific officer for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health Research Institute. “Our mission of advancing health for our community allows us to leverage our multidisciplinary focus to provide better outcomes for future patients.”

    This research will be led by Dr. Fan, in collaboration with Karen K. Evans, MD; Christopher E. Attinger, MD; David H. Song, MD; and Derek Delia, PhD.

     


    About MedStar Health Research Institute

    The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

    About MedStar Health
    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.