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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 04, 2018

     

    Elkridge, MD (January 4, 2018) – A home healthcare nurse from MedStar Visiting Nurse Association is being hailed a hero for saving the lives of a family trapped inside a house fire in south Baltimore.

    Heather Fitzhugh-Boehm, RN, was leaving her patient’s home when she noticed thick, black smoke in the sky nearby. The smoke was coming from a fire inside a row house, where a mother, baby, and teenager were trapped on the second floor. Fitzhugh-Boehm immediately called 9-1-1 and then ran to help.

    The mother screamed for someone below to catch her baby. Fitzhugh-Boehm instructed her to throw down a blanket first, which she and a neighbor used to catch the baby, unharmed. The male teenager jumped from the second floor window to escape, and the fire department arrived just in time to rescue the mother. The fire engulfed the building almost immediately after the rescue.

    Thanks to Fitzhugh-Boehm's quick thinking and her willingness to act, the entire family made it out safely. Surprisingly, Fitzhugh-Boehm was ready to return to work right after the incident. “Once my adrenaline stopped pumping, I wanted to continue my day and visit the rest of my patients,” she said. “I left as soon as help arrived and called the office to tell them what happened. I assured the office that I was good to go, despite my clothes smelling a little smoky.”

    “We are grateful for nurses like Heather who are not only dedicated to their patients but also to the communities they serve,” added MedStar VNA President Traci Anderson. “Our homecare team members must be quick thinkers and be very attentive to their surroundings. This story shows how valuable those skills are. We often say that our team members are heroes and lifesavers. Heather’s actions demonstrate the truth in that statement.”


    About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association
    MedStar VNA is a nonprofit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider that offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar VNA offers vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit medstarvna.org.

  • January 02, 2018

    Two Winners Receive Nearly $2 Million Total Over Two Years

    Hyattsville, MD —MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare is one of two winners nationally to be awarded nearly $2 million of combined funding over two years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (IT) to accelerate health IT interoperability. Part of the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT grant, the Human Factors Center’s work will transform stand-alone Million Hearts® risk calculators for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease into active surveillance tools that clinicians can use in electronic health records (EHRs) to integrate and improve patient care.

    While there are many clinical decision support (CDS) tools that enable providers to calculate and display a patient’s risk for these conditions, the Million Hearts suite of calculators requires clinician activation. Led by the Human Factors Center’s Scientific Director Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, this work will leverage application programming interfaces (APIs), health IT architecture that allows one software application to seamlessly access the services of another, to adapt the Million Hearts stand-alone risk calculators into an active surveillance application that coordinates care across platforms and providers.

    “Risk calculators already exist for multiple conditions and contribute to the enormous amount of data available to providers,” says Dr. Miller. “We aim to seamlessly and securely link the many sources of information together in an application to improve provider decision-making and patient outcomes across the spectrum of care.”

    Successfully prompting clinicians at the point of care to ensure patients are treated as effectively as possible is a complex problem including technological, policy, and sociotechnical challenges. Current technical barriers include stand-alone applications, interruptive alerts, the inability to coordinate data across care settings, and inefficiencies in maintaining accurate knowledge-based systems. Meanwhile, policies tied to U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI), Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT), and information blocking present challenges. Additionally, sociotechnical issues involve successful adoption of CDS, care coordination, and shared decision-making.

    Deliverables during the two-year award will include application development and refinement, workflow analysis, usability testing with clinicians, and user-centered design with patients. The team’s prototype will be piloted in clinical practice at MedStar Health and evaluated on its ability to improve care structures, processes, and outcomes. Additionally, they will produce pilot, workflow analysis, and usability testing reports; patient-facing educational materials; and a legal and policy landscape assessment.

    Ultimately, the Human Factors Center project team seeks to leverage SMART (Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technologies) on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) to realize the potential for data-driven infrastructures to better support clinical knowledge. The project is formally titled: Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Leveraging Health IT Architecture to Advance Clinical Knowledge and Care Coordination.

    Learn more about this award in the HHS press release: HHS Announces LEAP in Health IT Winner. The Human Factors Center’s work is listed under its affiliation with the MedStar Health Research Institute.


    About MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
    The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare occupies a unique position in the United States as the largest human factors program embedded within a healthcare system. It brings together human factors scientists, systems safety engineers, health services researchers, clinicians, and other experts to create a safer and more efficient healthcare environment through four core services in research, usability, safety advisement, and education. The center is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation and is also affiliated with the MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. MedStar Health, the parent organization, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region, with 10 hospitals and an extensive ambulatory services network, and is the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University.  

    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 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.

  • January 02, 2018

    Leonardtown, Maryland (Jan. 2, 2018) – A free presentation on preventing, diagnosing and treating sports injuries in children and young adults will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the auditorium of Leonardtown High School.  

    “Protecting Your Student Athlete,” an informative talk geared toward parents, will be led by Emmanuel Atiemo, MD, and Christian Glaser, DO. The physicians will discuss preventing and treating common sports injuries like concussions, fractures, tears, strains and more, accompanied by engaging question-and-answer sessions with attendees.

    Dr. Atiemo, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, has extensive athletic team experience as a team physician for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Nationals, among others. A graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Dr. Atiemo completed his residency at Temple University Hospital and fellowship at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

    Dr. Glaser is a board-certified internal and sports medicine specialist with the MedStar Medical Group at Charlotte Hall. He is a team doctor for the Maryland Jockey Club. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Glaser completed his residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

     

  • December 21, 2017

    The program pairs newly diagnosed women with trained breast cancer survivor mentors

    Baltimore—( December 21, 2017 )— Golden Ring Middle School students raised and donated $800 to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program last week, money that will help fund programming for the mentoring and education program that assists women undergoing breast cancer treatment. The middle school students held a fundraiser at their school where they sold off art they created. The “Art for a Cause” event on Dec. 14 drew 250 guests, including local elected officials.

    The school researched various groups supporting breast cancer causes, and selected speakers to participate in the event. The students and staff later selected the SOS program as its recipient. “We are so grateful for the generous donation from Golden Ring Middle School to the Survivors Offering Support program,” said Edla Coleman, the program manager for the SOS program at MedStar Franklin Square. “The students presented their artwork for sale, but more importantly, demonstrated such care, concern and passion for people fighting breast cancer that was inspiring and beyond their years. The teachers and staff were also incredible in their desire to make a difference and to lead the way for their students to develop their ability to see that they too can make a difference in the world.”


    Dr. Kristen Fernandez, director of the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, said the program helps new breast cancer patients navigate treatments and recovery. “SOS is just another way for us to care for the whole patient and provide individualized care to breast cancer patients being treated at MedStar Franklin Square,” Fernandez said. “For some women, their SOS mentor is just someone that they talk to once or twice on the phone with and maybe ask a few questions. For others their SOS Mentor keeps them company during their chemotherapy treatments, meets them weekly for coffee or lunch. In some cases the mentor identifies issues such as financial problems that can be addressed by this group or other programs that we have at MedStar Franklin Square. Women are so appreciative of this group and I am so thankful for donations like this that allow us to continue this wonderful service.”


    The SOS program was founded by Nabisco executive Denise O’Neill in 2004 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, it has expanded to 13 hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region, including MedStar Franklin Square. More than 400 mentors who have suffered from breast cancer themselves have been trained to offer emotional support to newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients in the SOS program, making the breast cancer journey less confusing and solitary. The program offers workshops in how to transition to life after breast cancer, partner support and caregiver workshops, in addition to mentoring. Each mentor undergoes 4.5 hours of initial training on breast cancer, surgical procedures, lymphedema and how to mentor others. They also undergo ongoing training. The SOS mentors are matched with patients based on age, stage, surgery, treatment as well as interests and family background. “It is with deep gratitude that we accept this donation which will help enable SOS to keep the support, workshops and services to women fighting breast cancer going, and to help us to work with even more women on the difficult journey of fighting breast cancer in the coming year,” Coleman said.

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    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-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 is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits 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.

  • December 19, 2017
    Rosenworcel met with leaders from MedStar Institute for Innovation on October 16 to learn how technology is transforming clinical education and health care access across geographic boundaries.