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 variety of patient experience initiatives across MedStar Health.
In collaboration with leadership, the Hospital Center’s Patient Experience Committee, and the Power to Heal Committee specific initiatives have been developed to enhance the experience of our patients and their families. Commitments to MedStar Washington Hospital Center will be used to refresh the Intensive Care waiting rooms in the main hospital to create more comfortable, calming and healing environments for patients and their families. This priority was also identified by the ICU Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety (PFACQS) to improve the quality of the care we provide to patients, their families, and their caregivers.
Plans include purchasing new furnishings and more comfortable furniture, installing water lines for easily accessible freshwater, and creating space for private family consultations. At any given time one in six patients at the Hospital Center are in an ICU room. We have many family members and caregivers spending time in these waiting rooms as they actively participate in the care of their loved one.
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.”
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Ways to Participate
Choose the option that’s best for you.
- One-year payroll deduction: begins on the 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 the first Jan. 2018 pay date – minimum of $5 total payroll deduction – please use printable form only
- 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.
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
- Frequently Asked Questions – learn more about the Power to Heal Campaign.
Questions? Contact Sooji Choi, philanthropy officer, at 202-877-1774 or via email at [email protected].