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 healthcare 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.
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 Orthopaedic 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.
Michelle Epps, MSN, RN
Interim Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Michelle Epps, MSN, RN, was recently named interim vice president and chief nursing officer of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Michelle received her master of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Central Florida. Michelle has more than 27 years experience in a variety of nursing roles including leadership positions.