Friday, December 19, 2014

Year-End Events Celebrate Teamwork

Earlier this week, we finished up our year-end celebrations that were held at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, University Town Center and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The theme of this year's celebrations was "Let's Get Connected". If you attended one of the three events, you saw the fun presentation on the lifecycle of research and how all of our roles work together to further research.

We asked attendees to sign a picture frame and share what keeps them engaged at MHRI. When we went to hang the frame, something stood out to me. More than any other word on the frame was the word: TEAMWORK. It is teamwork that most of our associated treasure most.

And for those of you who didn't attend. View our photo slideshow here!

It was so great seeing all of you at these events.  Together, staying connected through our work, we are building the future of academic medicine, where research occurs at the intersection of real world healthcare and academics.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cubicle Christmas

MHRI's Office of Grants and Contract Management (OCGM) showed their holiday spirit by holding a cube decorating contest! This is the first year of the contest but it was so much fun that it's sure to be a start of a yearly tradition. The winner, Gail Kiddy, won a poinsettia and Chili's gift card for her Ravens-inspired holiday decor! Enjoy the photos below! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

MedStar Health's Upcoming Advertising Campaign!

It's a great time to feel proud to be a part of the MedStar system! 

I'm very excited to share with you MedStar Health’s multimedia advertising campaign that will
launch Monday, December 15 in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions.  The campaign, which will run through mid-February, features 30-second TV commercials, print and digital advertising, as well as social media. 

The goals of the campaign are to:

1)    Enhance MedStar Health’s reputation as the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health
2)    Continue building MedStar Health’s brand awareness and, ultimately, consumer preference.
3)    Spotlight key service lines in the Washington, DC region.
4)    Promote MedStar Health as an integrated healthcare delivery system by highlighting our strengths: our people, comprehensive services, expertise, innovation and technology.

The underlying theme of the TV ads is “In One Day …” The ads demonstrate that the work we do is inspiring, but it’s not an abstract mission. Patients can see and feel it every day. The TV ads are more captivating than a typical commercial—with a personal look inside the region’s largest health system.

The TV ads will be seen on popular programs, including: The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, NFL Playoff and Championship Games, The View, The Doctors, The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil, and Ellen. These ads also will be shown during The Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and select holiday programming.

Four-color print ads will run in the Sunday Main section of The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun beginning December 28, and will go through the end of January 2015 (see a sample of the print ad attached). Digital advertising will run for eight weeks on various ad networks. Key messaging from the branding campaign, as well as the TV segments and print ads, will be included in social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To view the TV ads, please click the following links:

Friday, December 5, 2014

MedStar Health Becomes Medical Partner for Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards

It was announced yesterday that MedStar is now the team doctor for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards! These teams add to the long list of organizations (55!) that MedStar is the medical partner for, including the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Nationals. 

MedStar has the largest Sports Medicine Program in the mid-atlantic region which includes more than 40 physicians, as well as certified athletic trainers, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and clinical support employee

MedStar Sports Medicine is also currently conducting cardiovascular research and head injury research for the National Football League. It also offers a sports medicine fellowship program for young orthopedic surgeons.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Just finished up a 2-day MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) Board of Directors (BOD) meeting which we held at the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) headquarters at the Intelsat building downtown DC. This very modern building with lots of glass and spiral staircases was a dramatic setting for the meeting (although it did get a little noisy as the rain came down on the glass ceiling!).

MHRI Board of Directors is made up of national figures, from around the country, with expertise in different aspects of research.  We have members who have experience at the HHS, FDA, NIH, National Academies, American Diabetes Association, Doris Duke and Pfizer, just to name a few. These Board members have experience running large research hospital based organizations, research programs in companies or agencies that fund research. The full list of members is at this link. 

Much of our time was used to discuss 'advancing health' at MedStar - what are the differentiators and the unique areas of opportunities.  We weaved in advancing health through education (thanks to Jamie Padmore) and advancing health through innovatioin (thanks to Mark Smith). This was supplemented with scientific presentations from human factors group (thanks Zach and Terry!). It was a dynamic, engaged and thoughtful discussion - so much so, I realize we need several more hours to dedicate to the topic!

On fun thing we did was bring the Board to the simulation lab which is primarily used for education of clinicians in training. They got hands on experience (see photos below) and then we discussed how this lab can be used for research endeavors (thanks to Bill and  Kendall!).

All in all, a very productive 2 days - thanks to our Board!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Trivia

Hope everyone gets a chance to relax and have a chance to be with friends and family.  To help pass the time while you wait for your feast, below is a fun Thanksgiving trivia (answers at the bottom).  Also at the  bottom is the MedStar Thanksgiving ad that will be printed in the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post.  Enjoy!

1) What is a male turkey called?
a) Turk He   b) Tom Turkey   c) Sir Turkey
2) What is the likely reason that many people get sleepy after eating Thanksgiving dinner?
a)   The tryptophan in the turkey   b) Too much food with too many calories   c) Gravy
3) The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was:
a) Montgomery Wards   b) J.C. Penney's  c) Gimbel's   d) Macy's   e) None of the above
4)  Butterball says the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is:
a) Breast   b) Thigh   c) Top of leg   d) At an angle so it hits both the meat & stuffing
5) Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday.  But, before he did, when was Thanksgiving celebrated?
a) Whenever people felt like it   b) The first full moon of November   c) Whenever the Governor of a State said so.
6) The first Thanksgiving football game was started in 1934 by which team?
a) Pittsburgh Steelers   b) Kansas City Chiefs   c) Detroit Lions
7) All Turkeys gobble.  True or False?
Trivia Answers:

1)  b.  A male turkey is actually called a tom while a female turkey is called a hen.
2)  b.  Scientists agree that tryptophan is responsible for inducing sleep, but the amount of the chemical in turkey is not enough to really have an effect on someone. In fact, according to National Geographic News, turkey has just as much tryptophan than other foods like beef or soybeans.  The likely culprit of that groggy post-Thanksgiving dinner feeling is in fact a hefty meal with a high calorie count, or the drinking of alcohol with the meal.
3)   c.  Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia, 1920
4)   b.  Thigh
5)   c.  The governor of each state set the date.
6)   c.  Detroit Lions.  They started it to help boost attendance.  They played the Chicago Bears in that first game.
7)   False.  Male turkeys gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. Hens "yelp" to let gobblers know their location.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Becomes an International Affair at MHRI

Guest Blogger, Alton Henry, Cardiovascular Core Laboratory

On Wednesday, November 19, the Cardiovascular Core Lab celebrated this great holiday by doing an International Pot Luck-- what a great idea!  

We have a very diverse group of associates from around the world and what better way to be introduced to each other countries than by sharing our favorite dishes?  

Dishes included favorites from:  The Philippines, Russia, Argentina, Jamaica, Vietnam, Ecuador, Albania, China, USA, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Israel.   

Below are some pictures of how the entrees were identified and some ways to say  'Thank You' in various languages (Can anyone guess them)?