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For Outgoing Board Members, Giving Back to Community is Key

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The Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a volunteer body dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of the hospital. The 19-member board consists of community members, MedStar Health leaders, and representation from our Medical Staff and Foundation. Due to the guidance of the board, the hospital has expanded the array of medical specialties on staff and directed the hospital toward the acquisition of many cutting-edge technologies, such as our fully integrated electronic medical record system.

As the year comes to a close, a few very special members of our Board are stepping down. In recognition for years of dedicated volunteer service to the Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, we extend our appreciation!


Lewie Aldridge, Jr.
Lexington Park, MD
Member for 11 years

“After having family who was treated extremely well at the hospital, I felt if I could give back then I would. Without the wonderful staff, the hospital wouldn’t be as great as it is. I’m truly honored to have served with so many respected board members and the hospital administration, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the decisions, especially the one to sign on with MedStar. It was a soul searching time that I will always remember.”


Donald Cather 

Donald Cather, Jr.
Colton’s Point, MD
Member for 9 years

I was a paramedic when I joined in 2007 and wanted very much to help improve the Emergency Department. I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in that as well as the difficult decision to sign on with MedStar and the move to become more computerized. I wish I could continue on the board to be a part of all the great new things that are happening at the hospital.”


pattyPatty Vernon-Rusher
California, MD
Member for 11 years 

“I joined in 2005 because I wanted to do more for my community and contribute my information technology experience toward the hospital’s new endeavor to plan and implement electronic medical records. Until you experience the business of healthcare, you cannot possibly imagine or appreciate the associated complexities. I take great pride in playing a role in the decisions and actions that bring the finest quality medical care to St. Mary’s.”