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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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  • June 02, 2017

    Free Event Celebrates Cancer Survivors, Family Members, Caregivers

    Leonardtown, Maryland (May 31, 2017)MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will hold a community picnic in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day® beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, under the white tent on the hospital’s front lawn. Hosted by the hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Services (CCIS), the community picnic will feature a home-style Southern-cooked meal, entertainment and inspirational speakers.

    “This event celebrates cancer survivors and those living with cancer, along with their families, friends and caregivers,” said Joan Popielski, RN, BSN, CRNI, CCIS director. “It’s our way to honor them for their courage and support them in their recovery and as they return to a fulfilling life.”

    In the United States alone, there are more than 14.5 million people living with a history of cancer. MedStar St. Mary’s is proud to join thousands of communities across the globe each year in honoring cancer survivors and recognizing that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful and inspiring.

    Call CCIS at 301-475-6070 for more information about this free event.

    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.

  • May 31, 2017

    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s C6-2 inpatient medical/surgical unit recently became the first hospital in the District of Columbia and the 22nd in the United States to receive the prestigious AMSN PRISM Award. This award recognizes only those medical/surgical units that consistently demonstrate exceptional nursing practice, effective leadership, a healthy practice environment and evidence-based, positive clinical outcomes.

    Co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), the PRISM Award stands for “Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg.”

    In a special celebration to present the staff of the C6-2 unit with the award, President of the MSNCB Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN remarked, “I am thrilled to announce the newest recipient of the AMSN PRISM Award, which is the C6-2 med/surg unit here at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – congratulations! C6-2 really and truly embodies what the PRISM Award stands for: strong leadership in collaborative governance, effective nurse training and professional empowerment. After our peer reviewers from around the country conducted their assessment of your unit, their remarks were great and I’m proud to say you got straight A’s! They were particularly impressed with your injury prevention strategies, your excellent recruitment and retention practices, as well as your robust use of data and strong professional collaboration in assuring high quality care.”

    According to the AMSN, there are more than 600,000 medical-surgical nurses practicing in the United States today, making them the single largest group of specialty nurses working in hospital settings. Med-surg nurses oversee a broad spectrum of patient care responsibilities, which inspired the acronym “PRISM” to be chosen as the name for the award.

    “It’s a great honor and privilege for me to be here with our nurses from C6-2 as they receive the PRISM Award,” said MedStar Georgetown’s Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Ferrell, MS, BSN, RN. “To put this in perspective, there are about 5,000 hospitals in the United States with many, many more med/surg units. To be one of only 22 recognized with this award is quite remarkable. I believe that the work C6-2 does on a daily basis is just extraordinary. This team, lead by Cindy Minetree, exudes excellence, compassion and professionalism as they care for a very diverse and complicated patient population. Congratulations to the entire team on C6-2!”

    Haskins echoed Ferrell’s remarks and noted that to be exceptional as a nurse, it takes a high level of professional dedicated to one’s individual practice, but in order to achieve and sustain outstanding patient outcomes and high staff satisfaction, it takes a dynamic, energetic and committed group of professionals who work as a team.

    “As a team on C6-2, we are a premier unit and it is an honor to a part of this group that is so committed to our patients and co-workers,” said C6-2 Clinical Manager Cynthia Minetree, MSN, RN, NE-BC upon receiving the award. “We have the honor of being supported by so many other great teams throughout our organization as we take care of our patients and strengthen our staff satisfaction. While we always strive to do better for our patients, families and each other, this award will inspire us even more to continue improving patient outcomes and our overall professional practice.”

  • May 23, 2017

    Leonardtown, Maryland (May 23, 2017) – The MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) Auxiliary and Special Activities Committee (SAC) are hosting a Vendor Fair for independent sales representatives this Friday, June 2 (rain date June 9), from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

    The new event is a co-fundraiser for the two committees open to both the public and hospital associates. When arriving to shop, look for the white tent on the main campus next to the front parking lot. Funds raised will be utilized for patient comfort equipment as well as to support associate activities.

    Bonnie Trader, a long-time member of the hospital’s Auxiliary, was excited to help organize the fair. “We hope everyone will come out to shop and support their local hospital.”

    A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required for a vendor space and will be applied toward the 20 percent donation (gross proceeds from the day, including items pending delivery) to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and SAC. The event is planned to have a wide variety of merchants selling everything from clothing and jewelry to specialty food and skin care.

    We encourage the community to follow MedStar St. Mary’s social media pages for updates on the fundraiser and to stop by the hospital for some spring shopping! You can find us online at Facebook.com/MedStarStMarys and Twitter @MedStarStMarys.

    Current vendors scheduled to attend include, but are not limited to:

    • Accents Fashion Jewelry
    • Explore Couture
    • Perfectly Posh
    • Cruzin’ Cafe Food Truck
    • Scentsy
    • Crabby Corn
    • Mary Kay
    • LuLaRoe
    • Tupperware
    • Pampered Chef
    • Lip Sense

    The hospital still has openings under the tent for interested vendors, crafters, consultants and retailers. If you are a vendor, crafter, you know someone who might like to participate, please contact either of the following organizers below as soon as possible.  

    ► Bonnie Trader, MSMH Auxiliary: 240-925-5383 or Traderbj@hotmail.com                                                                                 

    ► Mary B. Cheseldine, MSMH SAC: 301-475-6453 or Mary.Cheseldine@medstar.net

    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.

     

  • May 22, 2017

    (Washington, D.C.,)  In April 2017 MedStar Georgetown’s Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) Program celebrated an exciting milestone by performing its 100th transplant.

    Stem cell transplantation is the only curative therapy for a number of malignant and non-malignant diseases of the blood and bone marrow. Autologous transplants use a patient’s own bone marrow or stem cells while allogeneic transplants use a donor’s bone marrow or stem cells.

    June Batcheller from Arlington, VA was first diagnosed in June 2016 with solitary bone plasmacytoma in one of her ribs. After 33 rounds of radiation she thought she was on track for recovery. However, in December 2016 she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

    After being referred to the BMT Program at MedStar Georgetown, Batcheller received two rounds of chemotherapy.  After that physicians determined she was eligible for a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

    On April 26, 2017, Batcheller became the program’s 100th stem cell transplant recipient. 

    “This is the closest step we’ve been to the finish line,” said Batcheller after receiving the transplant. “I feel relieved in some ways now.”

    Dr. Pashna Munshi performed the 100th transplant and says the highly specialized team of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, including pre-transplant coordinators, the Apheresis team, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other support staff provide expert care to the patients and also their families.

    “People in the D.C. area really do have the ability to receive state of the art care from our program since we are the only program of its kind in this area. We pride ourselves on supporting the patient and the family because that is MedStar Georgetown’s mission of cura personalis – caring for the whole person. It is important to us that our patients feel supported every step of the way,” said Dr. Munshi.

    The Hospital’s BMT program is the only comprehensive BMT center within Washington, D.C., and southern Maryland with accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for adult, autologous procedures.

    The BMT Program is a joint effort with specialists from the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, and a key component of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    “One hundred completed procedures demonstrates that our program has achieved a level of maturity and experience that means top-level, sophisticated care for our cancer patients,” says Scott Rowley, MD, chief of the BMT program at MedStar Georgetown as well as a member of the John Theurer Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Division.

    During the BMT Program’s first year in 2013, the team performed four autologous transplants. In just a short amount of time the program has continued to grow and reach this milestone of 100 total autologous and allogeneic transplants.

    After a successful 30-year career in financial services, mostly recently serving as the chief compliance officer for a major online brokerage, Batcheller enjoys spending time with her husband, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and her family, all avid fans of the Washington Capitals. During her stay at MedStar Georgetown, the Washington Capital’s mascot Slapshot even stopped by to check on her recovery.

     “Our program is continuing to grow and in 2017 we have performed 20 autologous transplants. We are looking forward to submitting our FACT accreditation for allogeneic transplants this summer and continuing to be a leader in the region,” said Dr. Munshi.

    Supporting this growth and the emphasis on patient care is the newly renovated Emily and Neil Kishter Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Clinic that officially opened in August 2016. The space features upgraded exam rooms, provider work areas, four infusion bays and a waiting room. MedStar Georgetown is also home to the largest Blood and Marrow Collection Program (BMCP) collection site for the National Marrow Donor program.  

  • May 19, 2017
    The new MedStar NRH Neuroscience Occupational Therapy Residency Program earned top marks during its first site visit by the American Occupational Therapy Association—the national accrediting organization.