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Leadership Southern Maryland Examines the Region’s Healthcare System

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Jan. 11, 2023 – The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Executive Program convened at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and Pyramid California Residential and Outpatient Treatment Center on Jan. 5 for a day-long examination of the current state of healthcare in Southern Maryland.

Participants sat down with the CEOs, chief financial officers, and other senior leaders of MedStar St. Mary’s, CalvertHealth System, and University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and with the county health officers and other key public health staff to discuss current challenges and opportunities of our healthcare system. They learned how workforce and financial sustainability challenges are met in part through collaboration with Southern Maryland’s educational institutions and other community partners.

The LSM group received a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s cutting-edge capabilities in robotic surgery and interventional radiology.

“Hearing about the surgery capabilities and robotics availability in the local area was amazing!” said Ryan Morning, Director of Business Development at StraCon Services Group. “I had no idea we were using that technology at MedStar St. Mary’s.”

The group placed special focus on mental and behavioral health in Southern Maryland. A dementia exercise by Sagepoint Senior Living Services put participants into the shoes of people living with memory loss and sensory impairment.

“The dementia exercise was eye-opening,” said Tekla Research Vice President of Pax River Operations Steven Girard. “Getting an understanding of what dementia patients are going through and seeing how they ‘see’ the world was very helpful.”

Presentations by Pyramid California Residential and Outpatient Treatment Center, the Maryland Coalition of Families, and the St. Mary’s County Health Department Harm Reduction Program introduced participants to innovative and supportive programming available to residents suffering from mental illness and addiction. A walk through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s Heroin Overdose Prevention Effort (HOPE) Trailer brought home the message that addiction and mental illness can touch any family.

Dr. Johnnie Taylor, Jr., Neany, Inc. Managing Director of Contracts remarked, “I am so impressed by the obvious collaboration between agencies and respect for what each agency contributes to resolving the healthcare challenges in our tri-county area.”

Leadership Southern Maryland’s flagship Executive Program is an interactive and life-enriching nine-month, tuition-based “behind-the-scenes” experience designed to enhance the collaborative abilities of our region’s top senior professionals. LSM welcomes mid- to senior-level executives representing diverse geographic locations, industries, professions, ethnicities, genders, and other backgrounds who are committed to addressing the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.


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Senior executives Campbell Hawkins (SMECO), Steven Girard (Tekla Research), and Michael Meisel (MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital) see the world through the eyes of seniors suffering memory loss and sensory impairment during a dementia exercise by SagePoint Senior Living Services..