Power to Heal Campaign

Giving: The Power to Heal

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.

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.

Johanna Schneider, grateful patient, fell off of a ladder and broke her wrist.  She received surgery at another area hospital, and the break quickly became infected. After seven surgeries failed to heal the infection, Johanna found Michael Kessler, MD, MPH, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of  Hand Surgery of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Kessler immediately recognized that she needed surgery to remove the hardware embedded in her hand, along with intravenous antibiotics. The surgery was a success! Finishing her treatment and physical therapy Johanna now has full mobility in her wrist.  She shares that “I am 100 percent grateful for Dr. Kessler being a superb surgeon and the kind of caring doctor you need during an illness.”


Watch Our Campaign Highlight and Thank You Video

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

View photos from the 2017 Power to Heal Campaign.


Joanna Schneider, grateful patient, is pictured with her physician Michael W. Kessler, MD, MPH

Ways to Participate

Choose the option that’s best for you.

  • One-year payroll deduction: begins on the next available pay date – minimum of $2 per pay period required.
  • One-time payroll deduction: total gift identified below will be deducted on the next available pay date - minimum of $5 total payroll deduction - please use the printable form (include link to form attached).
  • 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].
  • Drop off or Mail to: Office of Philanthropy, Attn: Ashley Lichty, 3800 Reservoir Rd., NW 1 Main Hospital Admin., Washington, DC 20007.

Additional Resources

Questions? Contact Jane Kestner, philanthropy officer, at 202-444-0943 or via email at [email protected].