Power to Heal Campaign

2017 Power to Heal Campaign

MedStar Health launches the 2017 Giving: The Power to Heal Campaign on Monday, Oct. 2. This campaign, which runs through Friday, Oct. 20, 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.


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 2016 Impact Video

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

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 first Jan. 2018 pay date and occurs for all pay periods 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 version and return it via:

Additional Resources

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