Karen Owings Steps Up to Integrated Leadership Role with MedStar Health

Baltimore, MD—(February 3, 2017)— Karen Owings, MSN, RN-BC, has been named the top nursing leader for both MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, where she’ll oversee thekaren owings integrated nursing program for both hospitals as vice president of Patient Care Services and the chief nursing officer, effective today.  Sharon Bottcher, RN, M.S., steps down from the position, retiring after a 35-year nursing career.

Karen started her nursing career at MedStar Union Memorial in 1986, achieving recognition for committee work and initiatives in surgery, orthopaedics, geriatrics and telemetry. She drove joint commission certifications in stroke, palliative, spine and the hip and knee programs and in 2007 was named director of Patient Care Services there.

When MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial integrated in 2015, Karen became the assistant vice-president of nursing operations for both hospitals, responsible for uniting the nursing programs while overseeing seven departments.

Karen has made significant contributions to system initiatives and priorities throughout her career, including the MedStar Quality and Safety Steering Committee, MedStar Stroke Committee, and MedStar Nurses Improving Care for Health system Elders (NICHE) Steering Committee. She obtained a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and served as the project lead on the Behavioral Health Readmission Lean Project. Additionally, Karen is a member of the MedStar 2020 Performance Transformation Workforce Management Sub-Committee.

“Karen has left a footprint on every nursing unit at MedStar Union Memorial and has work tirelessly to ensure a seamless integration of nursing operations between Union and MedStar Good Samaritan,” said Brad Chambers, president of both hospitals and senior vice president at MedStar Health, “Karen is a nurse’s nurse and a respected leader, who has demonstrated throughout her career, an earnest love of the nursing profession, but also of her fellow associates. It’s a good fit and I’m proud to have her on our executive leadership team.”

Karen earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Villa Julie College and a master of science in nursing from Walden University.

 

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

 

 

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MedStar Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2016 Nurses of the Year

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Honor Nurses during Annual Nurses Week Celebration

Baltimore—(May 13, 2016)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals named their 2016 Nurses of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the knowledge, skill and compassion of the entire nursing team, who deliver quality and innovative patient care every day.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals paid tribute to nurses during the annual National Nurses Week celebrations held May 6 to 12. Nursing’s top honor was given to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice and raising the bar on patient care.

MedStar Health thanks the 2016 Nurses of the Year, and all of its nurses, for the high level of service and dedication they provide day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of its patients, their families and the communities it serves.
Congratulations to the following 2016 Nurse of the Year recipients:

 

Patricia Walker, RN, ICU, MedStar Franklin Square

Leila Ignacio-Macale, RN, ICU, MedStar Good Samaritan

Darla Crews, RN, Orthopaedics/Pediatrics Unit, MedStar Harbor

Linda Young, RN, Cardiovascular Recovery, MedStar Union Memorial  

 

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Debra Schindler
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MedStar Health, Baltimore Region, Names 2015 Nurses of the Year

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals Honor Nurses during Annual Nurses Week Celebration

Baltimore—(May 12, 2015)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore hospitals named their 2015 Nurses of the Year, honoring top nurses and recognizing the knowledge, skill and compassion of the entire nursing team, who deliver quality and innovative patient care every day.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals paid tribute to nurses during the annual National Nurses Week celebrations held May 6 to 12. Nursing’s top honor was given to those who truly commit to redefining nursing practice and raising the bar on patient care.

 MedStar Health thanks the 2015 Nurses of the Year, and all of its nurses, for the high level of service and dedication they provide day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of its patients, their families and the communities it serves.

Congratulations to the following 2015 Nurse of the Year recipients:

Melissa Miller, RN, Medicine Services, MedStar Franklin Square

Mary Emerson, RN, IV Therapy, MedStar Good Samaritan

Anissa Andrzejewski, RN, Women and Infants' Center, MedStar Harbor 

Connie Lance-Melton, RN, Medical Surgical, MedStar Union Memorial

MedStar Health nursing is more than 8,000 nurses strong, across a healthcare system that includes Magnet® hospitals, an academic medical center, a large teaching hospital, community hospitals, ambulatory and home care settings, research institutes, and more. Its nurses are shaping, molding, defining and redefining clinical practice in the largest healthcare system serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar Health Nurses Recognized as Top in Region by Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore—(April 15, 2015)— MedStar Health is proud to announce nine of its Baltimore hospital nurses have been recognized as the region’s top nurses by Baltimore magazine’s inaugural “Excellence in Nursing” 2015 survey.

In the first annual “Excellence in Nursing” survey, Baltimore magazine solicited nominations from peers, supervisors and patients of registered nurses, who represent the finest in their field. To arrive at the results of the survey, a panel of RN advisors, appointed by the Maryland Nurses Association and major local hospitals, reviewed nominations and selected the top candidates under 18 different nursing specialties.

The following nurses, covering a variety of specialties, from MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, were named 2015 top nurses by Baltimore magazine:

Cardiovascular
Natalie Droski, RN, MedStar Franklin Square
Betheen Weed, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Community Care/Ambulatory Care
Susan Haskell, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Nurse Education
Carol Esche, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Intensive Care
Nicole Henninger, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Medical-Surgical Nursing
Ashley Wells, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

Orthopaedics
Stacie Roles, RN, MedStar Union Memorial

Research
Joan Warren, RN, MedStar Franklin Square

School Health
Calvert Moore, RN, MedStar Harbor


The winners were announced at a reception at The Center Club on April 14, and are featured in the May issue of Baltimore magazine, now on stands.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Health, click here.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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