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.
January 17, 2017
COLUMBIA, Md. (Nov. 17, 2017)— K. Eric De Jonge, MD, executive director of MedStar Health’s Medical House Call Program and director of Geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, has been elected to a national leadership role, as president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM). AAHCM is a professional society for physicians, healthcare professionals, and agencies interested in improving care of patients in the home.
The organization’s immediate past president, Mindy Fain, MD, describes Dr. De Jonge as “an inspirational leader and remarkable clinician who is passionate about the mission and vision of the academy and the field of home care medicine.”
In 1999, Dr. De Jonge co-founded the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The program recently expanded to Baltimore at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
“Enabling frail elders to continue to live in their homes promotes their health and dignity. We have also demonstrated that this model is a cost-effective way to deliver care,” Dr. De Jonge said.
Dr. De Jonge is committed to expanding home-based primary care across the United States and has been a leading advocate for Medicare reform to support expansion of home-based elder care, frequently testifying before governmental agencies and Congress.
In 2005, the U.S. Congress Special Committee on Aging named the Medical House Call Program as a National Innovator in Elder Care. In 2003, Dr. De Jonge was named National House Call Physician of the Year by the AAHCM.
Dr. De Jonge is on faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and trained in primary care internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. He completed fellowships in health policy at Georgetown and in Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine.
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 17, 2017Andrew Lincoln, ScD collaborated with researchers from US Lacrosse Sports Science to track the injuries in varsity men's lacrosse at the college level.
January 15, 2017
Led by Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, researchers from the MedStar Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center and Georgetown University have found that the expansion of the New York State Medicaid in 2001 widened the racial disparity gap when it came to access to high-quality hospitals for cancer surgery. The study was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Read more.
January 15, 2017
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is one of only 80 cardiac centers in the world participating in a clinical research study of the transcatheter approach to replacing the aortic valve, known as TAVR, as an alternative treatment option for surgical aortic valve replacement. Read more.
January 14, 2017
MedStar Harbor Hospital received a $1.35-million grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to undertake environmental projects at the Baltimore campus. Plans include planting mature trees to reduce water runoff and provide more green space and installing eight bio-retention ponds to reduce storm water runoff. Read more.
January 13, 2017
MedStar Health providers will have access to the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines through a new partnership with EvidenceCare. MedStar Health and the Nashville-based company will work together to develop content in four clinical areas, which will include patient education content designed to help patients become more active participants in their care. Learn more.