Power to Heal Campaign

In 2017, 3,788 associates, physicians, and board members chose to participate in philanthropy. More than $2.74 million in contributions were received from these individuals, benefiting our patients, their families and the communities we serve. Over $1.76 million was pledged to be paid in calendar year 2018 and beyond.

2,765 associates and physicians chose to make a philanthropic investment through the Giving 2017: The Power to Heal Campaign. Funds contributed went to support and enhance a variety of patient experience initiatives across MedStar Health.

Click here to learn about the projects and programs that we supported.

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.

Jane McGee, senior director of nursing at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, never anticipated becoming a patient at the hospital to which she dedicated her career. This changed upon her diagnosis of cancer. Jane’s interdisciplinary care team included surgical oncologist, Dr. Charles R. Boice; radiation oncologist, Dr. Adedamola Omogbehin; and nurse navigator, Susan Bowen. Without the team lead by Dr. Boice, Jane does not know if she would be where she is today. She is grateful to them all for saving her life, and reflected on her care experience with Susan, "She supported me and helped me maintain positivity through the difficult decisions and treatments I experienced following my cancer diagnosis.” Jane's own experience has enhanced her connectedness to her patients and this empathy, coupled with her gratitude, positively impacts her every day.

Teri Wilson-Bridges, MA, MHA, CCC-A, director of hearing & speech, oral & maxillofacial surgery/orthodontics, and otolaryngology was born at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Teri gave birth to her own daughters at the Hospital Center as well. One newborn daughter displayed symptoms that concerned physicians and was immediately transferred to the Hospital Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Under the care of department chair Zacharia Cherian, MD and his team, Teri’s daughter received proper, effective treatment. “My profession became personal when my daughter was cared for in the NICU. Dr. Cherian is fantastic; the team is excellent. Being on the patient side, everyone was so kind, understanding and warm.”

Watch Our Campaign Highlight and Thank You Video

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

View photos from the 2017 Power to Heal Campaign.

Pictured: Jane McGee, MSN, RN, CMSRN, senior director of nursing is pictured with her nurse navigator, Susan Bowen, DNP, RN, DC
Pictured: Teri Wilson-Bridges, MA, MHA, CCC-A, Director of Hearing & Speech, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Orthodontics, Otolaryngology is pictured with Zacharia Cherian, MD, Chair, department of Neonatology/ Pediatrics

Ways to Participate

Choose the option that’s best for you.

  • One-year payroll deduction: begins on the next available pay date – minimum of $2 per pay period required.
  • One-time payroll deduction: total gift identified below will be deducted on the next available pay date - minimum of $5 total payroll deduction - please use the printable form
  • One-time gift: credit card, cash or check

Gifts of Gratitude

Make Your Gift of Gratitude to a Colleague!

Did you know gratitude has the Power to Heal? This is true for our patients, their families and even our associates. The Power to Heal campaign is your opportunity to make a gift in gratitude to an associate who has made an impact on you. Once a commitment is made, you will receive an email with the Gifts of Gratitude eCard where you can express your gratitude to your honoree with a personal note. If a gift has been made in your honor by a colleague on their commitment form, you will be notified after the campaign.

Choose to make a Gift of Gratitude online or via the printable commitment form today!

Participate Today!

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



Or download the printable version and return it via:

  • Email to [email protected]
  • Mail to or Drop off at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Office of Philanthropy, 110 Irving St., NW, East Building, Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20010
  • Fax to 202-877-5148

Additional Resources

Questions? Contact Sooji Choi, philanthropy officer, at 202-877-1774 or via email at [email protected].