Patient Stories

Heart Disease in Cancer Patients: Willie’s Story

by The MWHC Blog Team
June 23, 2020

In 2015, then 69-year-old Willie M. Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer. A simple lumpectomy removed her tumor and a…

Patty’s Story: A Crucial Conversation about Colonoscopy

by Patrice Casey, Creative Services Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
March 17, 2020

Women are good at so many things, including placing others’ priorities ahead of our own. Unfortunately, this can have serious…

3 experiences of hospital care and why we measure them

by Shawn R. Smith, MBA, CPXP, Vice President & Chief Experience Officer
October 19, 2018

We aim to enhance patient experiences at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) through a trickle-down approach, from staff to patient….

Say what?!? Cochlear implant restores hearing in 90-year-old grandmother

by The MWHC Blog Team
May 10, 2018

Because of her profound hearing loss, Edna Whitted would pass notes back and forth in church with her granddaughter in…

Tug boat captain recovers from an 18-month ordeal fighting near fatal burn injuries

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 16, 2018

Tug boat captain Jeff Davis spent 40 years shepherding large ships safely through treacherous waters along every U.S. coast. But…

Cherrell’s Story: My Colonoscopy Confession

by Cherrell Freeman-Davis, practice administrator, Gastroenterology
March 12, 2018

My friend was in her mid-50s and, like me, she worked in health care. She was a busy mom and…