Power to Heal Campaign

2017 Power to Heal Campaign

MedStar Health launched the 2017 Giving: The Power to Heal Campaign on Monday, Oct. 2. This campaign invites associates and physicians to invest through philanthropy and support patient experience initiatives across the system.

A Focus on Patient Experience

Our focus this year is to support, enhance, and sustain a selection of patient experience initiatives.  

In collaboration with leadership and the Power to Heal Campaign Committees, we have developed specific initiative that will benefit our patient and family experience.

Gratitude has the Power to Heal

We will celebrate our growing culture of gratitude by creating awareness about philanthropy and how it can impact our patients and their families. Expressions of gratitude have been shown to increase positivity and happiness, deepening our relationships with one another.

Born earlier this year, Ian Alexander Anthony had an uncomplicated hospital stay, passing all of his tests with flying colors. One of his nurses, Karen Indgjer, was performing a normal discharge assessment when she detected a heart murmur. She immediately notified the care team and Ian was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect. Ian was transferred to Children’s National Hospital where he underwent open heart surgery.

After his recovery, the Anthony family came back to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital to express their extreme thanks to the whole care team, especially Karen.  The union formed between Karen and the family has blossomed from professional to personal. “Generally, the relationship with my patients ends upon discharge, but after helping to save Ian's life, his family and I become connected. This bond is what I'm most grateful for today,” Karen said.

Watch Our 2016 Impact Video

Click here to see examples of how we made a difference.

Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center’s Karen Indgjer, RN, is pictured with Ian Alexander Anthony and his parents,  Lindsey and Caleb Anthony

2017 Giving: The Power to Heal Campaign
Gratitude has the Power to Heal

Ways to Participate

Choose the option that’s best for you.

    • One-year payroll deduction: begins on first Jan. 2018 pay date and occurs for all 26 in 2018 – minimum of $2 per pay period required
    • One-time payroll deduction: total gift will be deducted on first Jan. 2018 pay date – minimum of $5 total payroll deduction – please use printable form only
    • One-time gift: credit card, cash or check

Participate Today!

A new commitment form must be submitted each year; please complete the online form:




Or download the printable gift form and return via:

  • Email to Jeni Irwin at [email protected]
  • Drop off Marketing, Public Relations & Philanthropy, 2nd floor, Outpatient Pavilion, behind the main hospital

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions – learn more about the Power to Heal Campaign at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

Questions? Contact Holly Meyer, director, marketing, public relations and philanthropy, at 301-475-6010 or via email at [email protected].