MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Celebrates 10 Years as MedStar Health

LEONARDTOWN, MD—  A decade of innovation, collaboration, and growth: this month marks 10 years since the merger of St. Mary’s Hospital with MedStar Health. In October 2009, the 97-year-old hospital joined the regional not-for-profit healthcare system that, today, cares for millions of patients annually. MedStar Health’s 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians are committed to living the core SPIRIT values: Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork.

“As the only hospital in St. Mary’s County and its largest private employer, we joined MedStar Health to ensure we could meet the needs of our rapidly-expanding community,” said Christine R. Wray, FACHE, president of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “And as a member of MedStar Health, we have been able to recruit top-notch providers, invest even more in our workforce, refer patients to a vast network of excellent regional centers, and continue innovating for our patients and associates,
among other benefits.”

Planned for early 2020, the hospital’s next major system move is a transition to MedConnect — the unified electronic health record system that allows patients’ health data to be accessed from any MedStar Health facility, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, and ambulatory centers. This secure advancement provides a continuity of care that makes appointments more efficient, with providers having real-time access to a patient’s imaging, past laboratory results, and other vital health information.

“MedConnect is a great example of the power we harness as MedStar Health,” said Wray. “This benefits our patients, who get even safer care through these innovations.”

Founded in 1912, the hospital has expanded far beyond its original footprint in a home on Fenwick Street. In addition to 24-hour emergency, acute inpatient, and outpatient care, MedStar St. Mary’s is home to specialty physician offices, imaging services, behavioral health care, women’s health services, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, community health classes, and much more. Through MedStar Transport, patients in need of higher levels of care may also be transferred quickly by helicopter to locations including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, or MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

“We are very proud of the hospital’s role in our community and all that we’ve accomplished together,” Wray said. “We look forward to new advancements with the same commitment to compassionate, high-quality care that our associates and clinicians have always held.”

 

Hospital’s Team Earns Seven National Marketing Awards

LEONARDTOWN, MD— MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy Department was recently honored with seven awards in two nationwide competitions honoring excellence in medical marketing.

The marketing, public relations, and philanthropy team, from left: Sandy Ondrejcak, Deborah Gross, Jeni Irwin, Jennifer Davis, Megan Johnson, Holly Meyer, and Ruby Hawks.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report, a publications group focused on marketing news from around the nation in the fields of higher education and healthcare. More than 4,000 submissions were received in 2019, according to the committee, with gold recognition awarded to only 346 entries — two of which went to MedStar St. Mary’s.

Healthcare Advertising Awards received were:

  • Gold for “A Mad Adventure: Gala 2018,” Special Events
  • Gold for The Pulse – 2018 Series, Internal Publications
  • Silver for Healthy Living – 2018 Series, Newsletters
  • Merit for the 2018 Nursing Annual Report, Annual Reports

The Aster Awards, a competition dedicated to recognizing excellence in medical marketing, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today. The awards program began in 2001 and has become one of the largest medical marketing awards competitions of its kind.

Aster Awards received this year were:

  • Gold for “A Mad Adventure: Gala 2018,” Special Events
  • Gold for The Pulse – 2018 Series, Internal Newsletter Series
  • Silver for the 2018 Bariatric Campaign, Service Line – Bariatric Services

Among its many roles, the hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy Department is responsible for developing internal and external communications; planning philanthropic initiatives and associate-oriented events; coordinating advertising and public relations; and serving as a liaison to community partners. Team members are Holly Meyer, director; Ruby Hawks, assistant director; Jennifer Davis and Sandy Ondrejcak, designers; Jeni Irwin, marketing and philanthropy coordinator; and Deborah Gross and Megan Johnson, writers.

“Creativity and positivity are abundant in our department. This year’s awards celebrate our commitment to teamwork and quality storytelling,” said Meyer. “We are proud of the work we do on behalf of MedStar St. Mary’s and are pleased to represent our associates and hospital in the community.”

What is Aphasia? Upcoming Sessions Will Share Resources on the Communication Disorder

In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will offer free information sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 to help educate individuals about the communication disorder.

Aphasia is an acquired condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also result from head injury, a brain tumor, or other neurological causes.

Individuals with aphasia often have difficulty reading, writing, speaking, and/or understanding language. Approximately 2 million Americans are affected by the disorder.

“Many people do not understand that aphasia is a loss of language, not a loss of intelligence,” said Anna Decker, MS, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist at MedStar St. Mary’s. “There are strategies available to help those impacted improve their communication, and we hope to help families by sharing these resources.”

Interested individuals may stop by The Blue Heron Café at MedStar St. Mary’s between noon and 1 p.m. June 25 and June 27. A speech language pathologist will discuss how to help those affected by aphasia. To learn more about the disorder and strategies for improvement, visit MedStarStMarys.org/Aphasia or call 301-475-6062.

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.

Mary Pfeiff Named Auxilian of the Year

Auxilian of the Year Mary Pfeiff Spring Luncheon
Mary Pfeiff was named 2019 Auxilian of the Year for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital at the Auxiliary’s annual spring luncheon. Pictured, from left, are: Casey Page Pfeiff; Karen Pfeiff; Rich Pfeiff; Mary; Dawn Yeitrakis, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CEN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of MedStar St. Mary’s; Karen Mudd, and Joe Mudd.

Leonardtown, Maryland – It was a simple suggestion by a friend that led Mary Pfeiff to start volunteering with the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, and it was her hard work and dedication that led her to be chosen as the 2019 Auxilian of the Year. Mary was awarded the Fayrene Mattingly Award on April 12 at the Auxiliary’s annual spring luncheon.

Dedicated, dependable, loyal, and lovely were all adjectives used to describe Mary by fellow Auxiliary members, who nominated her for the award. Mary is a familiar face behind the cash register in the Gift Shop and has been a faithful supporter of the Auxiliary’s golf tournaments, bazaars, the $6 Sale, and bake sales.

The Fayrene Mattingly Auxilian of the Year Award was created in 2005 to honor Mattingly, a longtime hospital volunteer. It is presented to one Auxilian each spring.

Established in 1916, the Auxiliary has funded more than $4 million in hospital improvements over the last century. Recently, Auxiliary members approved funding for 13 new rocking chairs for the Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center and contributed $100,000 toward the complete renovation of the hospital’s dining rooms, now named The Blue Heron Café which opened to the public and hospital associates in March.

 

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.

MedStar St. Mary’s Earns ‘A’ in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2018

Leonardtown, Maryland MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been awarded an “A in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing the hospital’s superior efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among those they are treating.

“Patient safety is our top priority. Our associates work tirelessly to create a safe environment for those trusted in our care,” said Christine R. Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary’s.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like MedStar St. Mary’s that focus on advancing patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region. Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

MedStar St. Mary’s was one of 855 facilities across the U.S. awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. Visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org to learn more.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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.

The Vape Debate: This New Trend May Be Riskier Than You Think

The e-cigarette market has been on fire the past few years. With nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes on the market, according to the American Lung Association, these electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are sparking renewed interest and debates around the use of tobacco products and the harmful effects of nicotine.

“We feel that it is important to educate the community on the potential harms and risks of vaping,” said Angela Cochran, director of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control for St. Mary’s County Health Department. “As the research evolves we continue to gain more knowledge on how e-cigarette use affects our health.”

In 2015, the Health Department created the VapeAware awareness campaign to help provide the latest information on this trendy smoking alternative. It also works with the Tobacco Free Living Action Team of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership to improve tobacco-related health outcomes in the county.

“The Health Department works on reducing the use of all forms of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,” Angela said. “We try to focus on population-level strategies such as including e-cigarettes into smoke-free indoor air policies and restricting youth access to e-cigarettes in retail settings.”

What is particularly disturbing is the trend among adolescents and teens. According to the Maryland 2016 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 42 percent of teen respondents in St. Mary’s County had tried electronic vapor products within the 30 days prior to taking the survey. 

“Recent reports are showing substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the likelihood youth and young adults will eventually begin using combustible tobacco cigarettes,” Angela said. “Despite the popularity of e-cigarettes, we continue to promote awareness through a comprehensive tobacco control program that focuses on prevention and cessation of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, among youth.”

Know the Health Risks

New studies are also showing that e-cigarettes are not as harmless as many would like to believe. Although not as toxic as smoking regular cigarettes, use of ENDS still comes with many risks including exposure to nicotine and other aerosols which are known cancer causers.

“Research on this is still pending in a few areas because long-term effects haven’t had a chance to be studied,” said Pam Laigle, BSN, RN, PCCN, clinical leader of the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehab Center. However, research has discovered other effects on the cardiovascular system as well as new evidence of what is called ‘popcorn’ lung, a serious and irreversible lung disease. “Anything other than breathing oxygen,” said Pam, “essentially is not good.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Tobacco for more information on the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, the risks of tobacco use, and smoking cessation resources.

What is Vaping?

Electronic nicotine delivery systems, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookahs, e-cigars, personal vaporizers, and electronic pipes, use a battery to heat liquid that contains nicotine, flavorings, and additives, which are inhaled into the lungs.

Know the Risks

► Exposure to Nicotine: Nicotine is highly addictive and adversely affects the heart, reproductive system, lungs, kidneys, etc., and may increase the risk of certain cancers.

► Exposure to Aerosols: Aerosols may contain harmful substances including cancer-causing chemicals and tiny particles that reach deep inside the lungs.

► Increases Risk of Using Other Tobacco Products: For teens and adolescents, serves as a gateway to using combustible cigarettes.

► Poisoning: Accidental exposure to even small amounts of liquid nicotine – as little as a teaspoon - can be fatal to children and a slightly larger amount could kill an adult.

► Burns: Batteries can explode causing severe injury.

More Than Skin Deep: Frequent Checks Important for Early Cancer Detection

Skin cancer doesn’t always look like trouble. 

Though most of us would know to seek a medical opinion over a suspicious mole, other patches may not seem questionable at all. That’s why regular skin checks — through self-exams, as well as appointments with your family physician or dermatologist — are important. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, frequently looks like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump, or raised reddish patch that might be itchy. They can also appear to be flat, firm, pale, or yellow areas, similar to a scar, or pink growths with raised edges. These can develop anywhere on the body after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.

Suspicious areas can also look like dry, rough, scaly patches or spots that may be flesh-colored or pink-red. Known as actinic keratoses, these spots usually appear on areas prone to frequent sun exposure: the neck, head, hands, and forearms, according to the American Cancer Society. People with one actinic keratosis often develop many more. These spots could stay the same, clear up on their own, or develop into squamous cell carcinoma, so seeking a professional opinion is key.

Red firm bumps, scaly patches, wart-like growths, sores that heal but then come back — these could be indicative of squamous cell carcinoma. The rims of the ears, neck, back, face, arms, and chest are frequently affected by these growths, which can develop deep in the skin and spread to other areas of the body.

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, usually develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin. “Most people have moles, and almost all moles are harmless,” states the American Cancer Society. “But it’s important to notice changes in a mole — such as its size, shape, or color — because that may be a sign that melanoma is developing.”

“Regardless of your skin suspicions, catching them early is very important,” said Temeria Wilcox, CRNP, a board-certified family nurse practitioner at MedStar Health Primary Care at East Run Center in Lexington Park. “Because basal cell carcinoma, in particular, can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, preventing permanent damage starts with doing regular skin checks, keeping appointments for routine physicals, and seeing a doctor right away with any skin concerns.”

When doing a self-exam, note your standard birthmarks, moles, and other blemishes, and have a partner help inspect hard-to-reach areas like your back and neck. Regular exams are especially important for those at a higher risk of skin cancer: people with reduced immunity; those who have had skin cancer before; and people with a strong family history of the disease.

“Be aware of your normal pattern of moles, freckles, and blemishes,” Temeria advised. “Checking your own skin frequently can help find many skin cancers early, when they are easier to treat. Your doctor can work with you as a part of your routine physical and overall wellness.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/SkinCheck to learn more about skin health.

What to Look For:

The A, B, C, D, Es of Melanoma

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A- ASYMMETRY

One half is unlike the other half.

B - BORDER

An irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.

C - COLOR

Varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.

D - DIAMETER

Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.

E - EVOLVING

A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in the size, shape, or color. If a spot changes, itches, bleeds, or is different from others, see your doctor or dermatologist. 

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

Hospital Team Earns 10 National Healthcare Marketing Awards

The MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy team, from left: Jeni Irwin, Rachel Lytle, Holly Meyer, Deborah Gross, Megan Johnson, Ruby Hawks, Jennifer Davis, and Sandy Ondrejcak.

Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy Department was recently honored with 10 awards from the Aster Awards Program and the Healthcare Marketing Report (HMR).

The Aster Awards Program is an elite competition dedicated to recognizing excellence in medical marketing, while HMR is a publications group focused on marketing news and information from around the nation in the field of higher education and healthcare.

Aster Awards received this year include:

  • Gold for STRIVE365, Internal Advertising Campaign
  • Gold for Diamonds and Pearls: Gala 2017, Special Events
  • Silver for The Pulse, Internal Newsletter Series
  • Bronze for the Eclipse Facebook Post, Social Media - Single

HMR Awards received were:

  • Gold for The Pulse, Internal Publication
  • Gold for Diamonds and Pearls: Gala 2017, Special Events
  • Gold for the Opioids Series, a Public Relations Program in Healthy Living
  • Bronze for STRIVE365, a Health Promotion Program
  • Merit for Sports Medicine, an Advertising Series
  • Merit for the Eclipse Facebook Post, Social Media

The staff includes Holly Meyer, director; Ruby Hawks, assistant director; Sandy Ondrejcak and Jennifer Davis, graphic designers; Jeni Irwin, marketing and philanthropy coordinator; Rachel Lytle, digital marketing coordinator; and Deborah Gross and Megan Johnson, writers.

“Creativity, communication, and excellent teamwork are the glue that binds our team together,” said Meyer. “We are proud to share news from MedStar St. Mary’s with our community, and honored by these recognitions for the work we love to do.”

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. 

Hospital’s History Room Honored with Local Preservation Award

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Michael Hewitt, left, and Randy Guy and Todd Morgan, far right, present a Preservation Service Award to John W. Roache, MD, second from left; Nicki Strickland; Holly Meyer; and Carole Nelson for their contributions to “Reflections,” a new exhibit at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Leonardtown, Maryland – “Reflections,” an exhibit of historical artifacts related to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, was recently honored by the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission for its work to preserve and highlight the 106-year history of the nonprofit facility.

Representatives from the hospital accepted a Preservation Service Award and proclamation at the St. Mary’s County Commissioners’ monthly meeting on May 15. The award was one of three presented in honor of Historic Preservation Month.

Opened in October 2017, “Reflections” includes historical artifacts collected to celebrate the hospital’s centennial anniversary in 2012. Linda Lagle, Carole Nelson, Nicki Strickland, Dr. John W. Roache, Pat Wilkinson, and the hospital’s Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy team collaborated to locate, organize, and display a variety of historical photographs, letters, medical equipment, and other items donated by physicians, past and present, as well as community members.

“Creating the history room was a labor of love,” said Holly Meyer, director of Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy at MedStar St. Mary’s. “The growth of our hospital has always depended upon the support and generosity of our community, and we are proud to reflect so much local history – the history of St. Mary’s County, too – in this exhibit.”

“Reflections” is dedicated to Dr. Roache, a longtime surgeon and local historian who retired in 2016 after more than 40 years of service to the hospital. The history room is open to all visitors near the Café at Buena Vista on the first floor of the hospital’s main building.

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.

Local Students Earn Scholarships from MedStar St. Mary’s

When a Career and a Passion Come Together

Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently awarded seven local students with scholarships totaling approximately $168,000 to pursue careers in nursing and allied health.

“We were very impressed by all of this year’s applicants,” said Rick Tepel, chair of the scholarship committee. “It is inspiring to meet all of the candidates and learn about their plans. We look forward to the great work they’ll be doing here in our community after graduation.”

This year’s scholarship recipients with their fields of study are:

  • Tucker Arvin of St. Inigoes, nursing
  • Amaya Butler of Waldorf, nursing
  • Kimberly Campbell of Lusby, medical laboratory science
  • Angela Cox of California, nursing
  • Sydney Marshall of Port Tobacco, radiology
  • Alexandra Myers of Great Mills, nursing
  • Madison Richards of Clements, nursing

At a May 24 reception, speaker Christine Taylor discussed how the hospital scholarship helped her to begin a nursing program at age 33.

“I was terrified, but I knew this would be the best move for my family,” said Taylor, who was encouraged to enroll by the doctors with whom she was then working as a medical assistant. “So with a five-year-old, a 15-month-old, a husband on shift work and a full-time job myself, I enrolled in my very first college class. Often I spent my nights with my son in one arm and a nursing book in the other.”

Taylor went on to graduate with honors from the College of Southern Maryland in 2010. She became an operating room nurse before transitioning to work as an outpatient care coordinator and breast navigator at MedStar St. Mary’s.

Taylor found renewed purpose in working directly with patients to navigate life beyond a breast cancer diagnosis — a cause close to her heart, as she herself is a survivor. Taylor became the Susan G. Komen grant facilitator in 2016 and also organizes the hospital’s monthly Breast Cancer Support Group.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of the hospital,” she continued. “This scholarship is what put me on the path to achieve my goals and be successful. It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

The Philanthropy Committee, formerly the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, is a subset of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Board of Directors. Including the 2018 recipients, 149 students have received tuition support to help ensure the future of quality local healthcare. Applications are due each spring. Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Scholarships to learn more.

Funds for the scholarship program are raised through the hospital’s annual Gala. This year’s event, A Mad Adventure, will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall. Visit MedStarStMarys.org/MadAdventure to become a sponsor.

Left to right: Alexandra Myers, Madison Richards, Amaya Butler, Tucker Arvin, Angela Cox, Sydney Marshall, and Kimberly Campbell.