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.

Watch Our 2016 Impact Video

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

View photos from the 2017 Power to Heal Campaign.

Gratitude has the Power to Heal

Sergeant Fred Bouknight, Security Services of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is pictured with David Mayer, MD, Vice President, Quality and Safety of MedStar Health and 2017 Power to Heal MedStar Executive Champion

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.

While on shift in the emergency department, Sergeant Fred Bouknight noticed a patient in the waiting room displaying symptoms of a stroke. Grateful for MedStar's High Reliability Organization (HRO) online training, Fred was able to recognize these symptoms immediately and was able to find medical personnel to help the patient receive life-saving care.

“Fred, like many others across our health system, is a great role model of our High Reliability Organization mission. He recognized a patient’s stroke symptoms and immediately took action, saving her life” stated David Mayer, MD, Vice President, Quality and Safety of MedStar Health and 2017 Power to Heal MedStar Executive Champion.

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 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 in 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: Attn: Jean Sonni, 10980 Grantchester Way, 7th Floor-Philanthropy, Columbia, MD 21044.

Additional Resources

Questions?  Contact Jean Sonni, philanthropy engagement officer, at 410-772-6670 or via email at [email protected].