President, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Senior Vice President, MedStar Health
Christine has served as president of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital since 1992 and senior vice president of MedStar Health since 2011. In September 2014, Christine accepted additional responsibilities of President, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and she focuses on building strong relationships with members of the Board of Directors, Medical Staff, hospital associates, volunteers, and the community. She also serves as a representative to state healthcare organizations, and actively engages hospital leadership in shaping and developing industry policy.
Christine earned a bachelor's degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a master's degree in health planning and administration from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and member of the Maryland Hospital Association.
Christine is active in civic affairs, including the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance. She is a member of The Rotary Club of Leonardtown, in which she is a Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of the 1999 Leonardtown Rotarian of the Year. She was named Business Person of the Year by the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce in 2000, and received the College of Southern Maryland's Leading Edge CEO of the Year Award in 2009.
She has a strong commitment to the community and health care, and makes an impact through her service which has included the governor-appointed Maryland Health Quality & Cost Council and on the boards for Chesapeake Potomac Home Health Agency, the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Care Center, and Hospice of St. Mary's. Christine also completed Leadership Maryland in 1998.
Vice President, Finance
Ric joined the administrative team at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in 2008, as the vice president, finance. In this role, he oversees Finance; Patient Accounting; Patient Registration (Access); Information Technology; Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy; Facilities Management; Nutrition Services; Environmental Services; Security; and Materials Management.
Prior to joining MedStar St. Mary's, Ric worked for Bon Secours Health System in Baltimore, Md., where he served as the chief financial officer. He has also previously worked for MedStar Health, Keswick Multicare Center, CoreCare Systems, Inc., and the Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. Ric has more than 30 years of professional accounting and financial experience in the healthcare field.
Ric graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He earned a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Baltimore. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland.
Ric serves as Chairman of the St. Mary's County Economic Development Commission; is a member of the board for the United Way of St. Mary's County and serves as treasurer; is a member of the board of St. Mary's Ryken High School and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Ric is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition, he serves on the finance committee of St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, Md.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer
Senior Vice President, MedStar Health
Stephen T. Michaels, MD, is the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with direct responsibility for and oversight of the hospital’s day-to-day operations, as well as providing a comprehensive clinical vision and medical direction to ensure delivery of the highest quality healthcare services. Starting at MedStar in 2011, Dr. Michaels previously served as vice president of Medical Affairs for MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. In 2013, he took on an additional role in tandem with his MedStar St. Mary’s position and became vice president of Medical Affairs for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center until 2015.
Dr. Michaels has spent the last three years in the management of medical affairs, physician recruitment and retention and the expansion and delivery of innovative healthcare services to the community. Systemwide, he has engaged in resource utilization management improvements, telemedicine implementation and ICD-10 initiatives. He also contributes as a leader to quality, patient safety and risk management.
Prior to joining MedStar Health, Dr. Michaels practiced orthopedic surgery in suburban Maryland and built a reputation for successful interdisciplinary collaboration, initiating and facilitating improvements in hospital core measures, performance improvement, safety initiatives and revising credentialing criteria. He has held many leadership roles on medical staffs, administrative, regulatory and peer review committees, as well as community advisory panels on health care.
Dr. Michaels holds a medical degree from Georgetown University, and completed his residency in Orthopeadic Surgery at SUNY-Stony Brook University Hospital in New York and a spine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is a published researcher, board certified in Orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, among numerous other professional organizations.
Elizabeth Lada Morse, DM, MSN, MPA, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Elizabeth Lada Morse, DM, MSN, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, joined the administrative team at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital as the vice president and chief nursing officer at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in November 2016. Morse previously served as assistant director of nursing, perioperative services, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Prior to that role, she served as director of nursing at Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and specialized in critical care and transplantation before accepting a nurse manager position at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. She has held various nursing director positions.
She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a faculty member of The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing. Morse also served as chair for the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Clinical Community, which consists of PACU leadership from five Johns Hopkins affiliated hospitals. Her vast experience involves initiating practice standards and strategic planning for perianesthesia and post anesthesia care units.
Morse received her master of science in nursing from Yale University, master of public administration from Suffolk University and doctorate of management from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.