Monday, December 23, 2019

Sharing the Joy from MHRI

Eva Hochberger
Communications & Planning Manager
Office of Research Development, Planning & Communications

Every year at our MHRI year-end parties, we’ve run a toy collection for the holidays. For the past few years, we’ve donated the bounty of gifts to Dr. Bear’s Closet at Children’s National Hospital, just around the corner from our researchers at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those at MHRI who donated to our toy drive this year. I know there are lots of asks for support in the last few months of the calendar year and to know that our associates take the time to go out, pick out a toy or book, and share it with those who are in the hospital is a great feeling to take into the next year. This year we had over 60 toys to share.

This year, a special thanks to Karen Vaughan and Amy Avergas for extending our drive to the Greater Baltimore Chapter Oncology Nursing Society.

Thank you all for your support and have a happy holiday season.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy New Year's from MHRI

As we pause and reflect on the past year, we'd like to thank YOU for making us your trusted partner in achieving good health. We'd also like to thank our associates, medical staff, volunteers, and community partners at MedStar Health Research Institute for your commitment and service to our patients.

Here’s to another healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

MHRI...Step Right Up!

Last week, MHRI associates took some time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the successes of 2019 with their fellow associates. We hosted two parties with both celebrations bringing together leadership and associates to embrace our circus / carnival theme of “Step Right Up!”. 

This year we recognized excellence as we acknowledged our High Recruitment Studies that have reached their goals.  We also recognized our 2019 SPIRIT Award and KUDOS recipients. Associates played games, enjoyed freshly popped popcorn and had a great time in the photo booth. The events also featured our service award presentations and our wonderful raffle and associate gifts!

Thank you to all of our MHRI performers and ringleaders, who achieve great things through the year on a daily basis and help make a difference in the lives of our patients and the organization they represent.

In case you missed the fun, take a look!  Happy Holidays everyone!!!!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Nursing Collaboration at Joint Education/Scientific Councils

Last week, the Georgetown-MedStar Joint Education and Scientific Councils met to kick off our joint strategic planning.  As part of building a world-class AHS (academic health system), it is important to align strategic priorities in education and research across the university and health system and that starts with joint academic strategic planning!

While we were meeting,these three nurse leaders were talking so I quickly grabbed a picture - they each represent a different aspect of leadership with Eileen as the Chief Nursing Officer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Carol from the Georgetown nursing school and Institute of Ethics, and Joan as an executive leader at MHRI.  They each individually contribute so much to our MedStar-Georgetown community every day however by bringing them together like we did last week..........  watch out!

From left: Eileen Ferrell, MS, RN, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, MGUH
Carol Taylor, PhD, RN, Professor of Medicine and Nursing, GUMC, Senior Clinical Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Joan Bardsley MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE, Assistant Vice President of Nursing and Research Integration, MHRI

Thursday, December 5, 2019

MedStar is Part of AAMC's CHARGE

We are proud to be one of the four recipients of the first-ever AAMC Health Equity Call for Research!

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) launched the Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) to bring together investigators, clinicians, and community partners in order to make changes that address inequities in health and health care.

At the MedStar Health Research Institute, the team includes Derek DeLia, Jason Brown, and Daniel Wilhite. Their research, Health Equity Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act, 2014-2018, will seek to identify the impact of Medicaid expansion on healthcare access, healthcare satisfaction, and perceived discrimination among vulnerable populations.

This research will give our research team access to data from the AAMC Consumer Survey of Health Care Access to answer cutting-edge research questions to facilitate solutions to health and health care disparities.

Congratulations to the research team on this important work!

You can learn more about the work here.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Cherish the Gifts of Life!

Below is my monthly message for the December 2019 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I write this monthly message on a rainy day sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I was reading an article about the rapid change in shopping habits. According to the accounting firm Deloitte, roughly 55% of shoppers say they’ll be doing most of their shopping online this year, with 44% supplementing it with discount stores. Only 28% plan to do most of their shopping in department stores. The statistics support this trend: in 2018, Cyber Monday sales increased 23% and in-store Black Friday sales dropped almost 10% (as they have every year for the last several years). Amazon captured 60% of the online shopping in 2018 and over 20% of online shoppers did their shopping from their phone. I was wondering how much longer Macy’s would sponsor the Thanksgiving parade and if Amazon will step in to keep it going?
Luckily, my attention was quickly distracted when my phone started blowing up with Thanksgiving text messages from friends, family, and colleagues. The phone may become the primary vehicle for shopping, but right now (at least for me), it’s a wonderful way to easily stay in touch with the important people in our life. As I read and replied to the holiday text messages, exchanged stories and memories, my mind become flooded with how fortunate we are in healthcare for having a life enriched with caring, never-ending curiosity, occasional crying, and the everyday pursuit of curing. Who cares about holiday gifts when you have these gifts of life!

It is all too easy in life to focus on the negatives, to get stressed out with unwanted changes or to worry about future challenges. However, in that moment on Thanksgiving morning, I was able to put it into perspective and appreciate the important things in life that we have today. When I think back over the last year and ask myself why I am grateful, I don’t even remember last years’ gifts!

Thank you for all you do at MedStar Health and for enriching the lives of everyone we touch. Together, we advance health for our community. Have a great holiday season everyone!


P.S. Mark your calendars now for Monday, April 6, 2020, for the 2020 MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium! View the flyer here.

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