Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Nursing at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.”

-Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor


MedStar Southern Maryland is located just outside the D.C. metropolitan area in Prince George's County, Maryland. Our community hospital resides in Clinton, Maryland and serves into our nation's capitol beltway down into the southern peninsula. We are a 182-bed, full service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient clinical services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, behavioral health, and oncology. Our newly renovated emergency department is one of the busiest in the region with more than 48,000 visits annually.

MedStar Southern Maryland is on the journey to becoming a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). As a Pathway to Excellence nurse you can be an empowered and engaged nursing professional that implements evidence based practice by sharing your voice in one of our many collaborative governance councils. PTE designated hospitals have an affinity to elevate the standards of care and nursing performance to achieve optimal patient outcomes everyday, every time.

A Message from our Chief Nursing Officer:

“As a member of the nursing profession at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center your career will be enriched with an opportunity to provide excellent care and compassion in an autonomous, positive practice environment alongside more than 500 RNs, CNAs, and APRNs.”

-Cody D. Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer


Our Team 

  • Cody D. Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL

    Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

    Cody D. Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, returned to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer in January 2020. Dr. Legler had previously served as Senior Director of Nursing, Operating Room Services, Women and Infants Services, Cardiac Cath Lab & Procedural Area and Capacity Management at MSMHC. In June 2018, he became Senior Nursing Director of Perioperative Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He has also served as System Chief Clinical Officer at LivHOME, a nationwide home care and care management organization, in addition to various Director roles at MWHC.

    He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice from The George Washington University in 2014. In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Legler is an adjunct faculty member at both Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also worked in previous clinical nursing roles in case management, home health and intensive care. Legler volunteers as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner in a community health clinic.

    Dr. Legler is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


    Senior Director of Nursing Excellence & Resource Management

    Karen Mack, DNP, MBA, APRN, PMGT-BC, CCNS, ACNP-BC is the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Senior Director of Nursing Excellence and Resource Management. She joined MSMHC in August 2020. Mack has oversight of Nursing Excellence including clinical informatics, nursing practice, performance improvement action plans and projects, nursing workforce management, and nursing professional development. She also served as Clinical Practice Program Specialist at MedStar System Nursing from 2013-2020 and MedStar Washington Hospital Center from 2000-2013, including positions of Chief Cardiology Nurse Practitioner and Heart Failure Disease Management NP. Her expertise includes cardiology , geriatric nursing and pain management nursing.

    Mack is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Nursing; the Carey Business School of the Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Business Administration in Medical Services Management; and the George Washington University School of Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is certified as adult acute care nurse practitioner, critical-care clinical nurse specialist, and in pain management nursing.

    Mack is a member and past-president of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses’ Association, American Society of Pain Management Nurses, the Maryland Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

  • Jennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC

    Director of Nursing Practice and Innovation Pathway to Excellence Coordinator

    Jennifer F. Bierbaum, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, GERO-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice & Innovation at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. She joined MedStar Health in 2018 as a clinical nurse specialist for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital with the responsibility of bringing the systemwide practice changes to the entity level. She also serves as the MedStar Health Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders (NICHE) program practice lead. In addition to these roles, she is also the Pathway to Excellence Coordinator for MSMHC.

    Dr. Bierbaum graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska with an Associate Degree in Nursing and later attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. In addition, Dr. Bierbaum attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

    She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) and on the board of Directors for District 9. Dr. Bierbaum is also a member on the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS) and a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She is a member of American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Pi Chapter.

  • Sarah E. Fletcher, BS, MSN, RN-BC

    Director of Nursing Informatics

    In November 2020, Sarah joined MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center as the Director of Clinical Nursing Informatics. Her efforts have been focused on working with IT regarding optimizing devices and infrastructure, improving the onboarding and provisioning process for new hires, and supporting the implementation of several projects, both local and enterprise.

    Sarah obtained her BSN in 2013 and MSN in Nursing Education in 2014 from Western Governors University. Her post-graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics from University of Illinois – Chicago was received in 2015. She worked as a consultant for six years across North America supporting implementation, training, project management, analytics, and build efforts. Sarah became Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) of Central Maine Healthcare in 2019.

    Sarah is a certified nurse informaticist through the ANCC and has been working with since 2011 to present the regular course for ANCC nursing informatics certification. In addition to managing the discussion board, she teaches about data management and healthcare technology, system design life cycle, and exam strategies.

  • Laura Garifo, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

    NPD Specialist, Women & Newborns Center

    Interim Director, Nursing Professional Development

    Laura Garifo, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM has served the Prince George’s community at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center since July 2015. Laura began her career at Medstar as a staff nurse in Labor & Delivery. She has grown within the organization in progressive leadership roles including Assistant Director of Labor & Delivery and Nursing Professional Development (NPD) specialist for Women & Newborns Center. She currently serves as the interim Director of Nursing Professional Development and NPD Specialist for Women & Newborns Center.

    She earned her Master’s in Nursing Education from Chamberlain University in 2021, her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2012, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2003. In addition to her leadership roles within MedStar Health, Laura is also the Education Coordinator for the Maryland chapter of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. She provides mentorship and development guidance as the Advancement Coordinator in a local Scouts troop.

    Laura is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD).

  • Mike Knapp, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

    Director of Nursing Resource & Capacity Management

    Mike has over (25) years of clinical experience focused in Critical Care and Emergency Services and 17 years of nursing leadership experience serving in various coordinator, manager, and director level roles. His prior practice settings have been both community hospitals and academic medical center, including nurse manager roles at MedStar Washington Hospital center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Mike advanced to the level of nursing director in 2004 and held positions requiring oversight of multiple inpatients units, nursing supervisors, and nursing staffing office. Mike has chaired and been the director advisor for various staff driven shared governance councils and was a key leader in the successful journey to magnet status in two organizations. Mike also served on a six member panel that spoke with President Obama regarding the challenges of Health Care Reform

    Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from George Mason University. He holds the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nurse Executive Advanced board certification.

  • Anne Johnson, MSN, RN

    Nursing Director, Ortho & Oncology

    Anne M. Johnson, MSN, RN has been with MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital as a Nursing Director since October 2008. Prior to transitioning to Director Ms. Johnson worked as a direct care nurse at Southern Maryland Hospital starting in September 2005.

    She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2018. Ms. Johnson began her career after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from the University of Maryland, in 1981. She has worked in a variety of other acute care hospitals as a direct care nurse, prior to joining MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

    Ms. Johnson is a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON).

  • Toni Boyd, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC, C-ONQS

    Nursing Director, Women’s & Newborn Center (WNC)
  • Lisa Page, MHA, RN, CMSRN

    Nursing Director Neurology, Stroke, Renal

    Lisa R. Page is the Nursing Director for 2 East and 2 West Medical Units. Lisa previously served as a Survey Readiness Manager at McLeod Health in Darlington and Cheraw, SC and was the Vice President/CNO of McLeod Health in Darlington, SC.

    She earned her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Capella University in 2021 and her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2000. She also worked in previous leadership and clinical roles in Women’s Services, Oncology, Outpatient Services, Skilled Nursing and Med-Surg.

    Lisa served on SCONL (South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders) and as a board member at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce. She served as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and is nationally certified by the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

  • Kristin Quade, MSN, RN

    Nursing Director, Emergency Department

    Kristin Quade, MSN, RN advanced to the Director of Emergency Services position in 2018. Prior to this Kristin served as Assistant Director of Emergency Services since 2017 and a staff RN since 2008 at MSMHC. Ms. Quade serves as the Co-Chair of the Medstar Health ED Nurse Leaders Committee.

    She earned her Masters in Nursing Leadership in 2020 from Western Governor’s University. She Kristin obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from the College of Southern Maryland in 2008 and her BSN from University of Maryland University College.

    Ms. Quade is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL).

  • Kimberley Brown-Gross, MSN, RN

    Nursing Director, Dedicated Cardiac & Cardiac Subspecialty

    Kimberly Brown-Gross, RN, MSN-PMHNP, started employment in July 2000 as a new graduate on 1 east. In 2015, Kim was given the opportunity to become the Assistant director of 1 east. Two years later, she became the Nurse Director of 3 east, 3 west and telemetry.

    Kimberly returned to school in 2015 to obtain her BSN while working full-time as the assistant director on 1 east. After graduating from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), she decided to further her education at Walden University to obtain a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She graduated from Walden University with honors in August 2021.

    Kimberly received the Nurse of the year 2009, CNO award April 2021, and the nurse leader of the year May 2022.

  • Deborah Walker, RN, BSN, MHA

    Nursing Director PeriOperative Services

    Deborah A. Walker, RN, BSN, MHA, returned to MedStar at our Southern Maryland Hospital Center location as the Director of Perioperative Services in June 2017. Ms. Walker had previously worked for over 17 years in varied roles in the Operating Room at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Prior to rejoining Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Ms. Walker served in Director roles within Perioperative Services in both hospital and Ambulatory Surgery settings around the Metropolitan Area.

    She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Warren University in 2009. In addition to her clinical and administrative roles, Ms. Walker is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and with the Howard University Nurses Alumni.

    Ms. Walker is also a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Howard University Alumni Association and the Prince Georges County Alumni Chapter of Howard University.

Our Nursing Units

Explore Our Nursing Units/Specialties:

  • Emergency Department including a Behavioral Health Suite
  • Cath Lab/Interventional Radiology
  • PeriOperative
  • Intensive Care/Cardiac Care
  • Intermediate Care
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Orthopedics/Oncology
  • Dedicated Cardiac
  • Cardiac Subspecialty
  • Neurology/Stroke
  • Renal
  • Behavioral Health


Why work at MedStar Southern Maryland? 

We offer:

  • Competitive Salaries - To augment your base salary we also offer evening, night and weekend differentials, extra shift bonus, Call-back bonus, preceptor bonus, Charge nurse pay
  • Professional Nursing Ladder with five steps
  • Scheduling Flexibility
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Hospital-Sponsored Educational Advancement Activities
  • Breastfeeding Suites


A Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)

MedStar Southern Maryland is also a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Exemplar hospital since 2016. 

This is the highest and most prestigious level of recognition by NICHE in the care of older adults across our hospital. NICHE is a faucet of New York University, Rory Meyers College of Nursing.


View Our Annual Reports:

Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Communication Structure

Nursing Collaborative Governance Structure

 Schools of Nursing Collaborations

Nursing Student Clinical and Practicum Information

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is proud to have affiliation agreements with local and online colleges and universities. Student placements are delegated to the Nursing Administration Office and the Nursing Professional Development team. Our goal is to provide nursing students with an excellent learning experience while providing our patients with safe, competent care.

Service Excellence is a part of the MedStar Southern Maryland culture. Our SPIRIT values explain our service requirements for associates and those who care for our patients. Please read our SPIRIT standards as our expectation is that students will adhere to these standards while caring for our patients.

Please contact the Nursing Education Department for any questions or concerns including required documentation prior to the start of all clinical and practicum placements.

Center of Nursing Excellence:

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Practice Innovation
  • Nursing Professional Development
  • Nursing Resource Management

Nursing Education and Career Development

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center offers a dynamic orientation and professional development team that takes ownership and pride in its commitment to provide programs that offer opportunities for professional growth and development for all our nursing associates.

We provide you with ongoing mentorship from orientation specialists and/or preceptors selected according to your needs and experience. After general nursing orientation, newly hired nurses begin work in their clinical areas alongside their preceptor. The orientation experience integrates application of clinical knowledge with psychomotor skills competencies, enhancement of clinical knowledge, computer-assisted learning, bedside care and patient assignments.

Opportunities for Professional Growth and Development include:

  • Certifications - we provide financial and educational support for professional certification
  • Nursing Externship
  • Graduate Nurse Program
  • Vizient Nurse Residency Program
  • Professional Nursing Ladder/Career Advancement Program
  • Lippincott Procedures & Advisor, UpToDate, OVID, and MedStar Health Elective Learning Platforms
  • Tuition Assistance Program through Bright Horizons
  • Preceptor and Charge Nurse Workshops