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Johns Hopkins Medicine 2008 Milestones

  • For the 18th consecutive year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital earns the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of American hospitals, placing No. 1 in Ear, Nose and Throat; Rheumatology and Urology; No. 2 in Geriatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry; and No. 3 in Cancer, Digestive Diseases, Endocrinology, Heart Disease and Heart Surgery, and Respiratory Disorders. Separately, U.S. News once again ranks the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center as one of the nation’s top four pediatric hospitals.
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center again issues The Johns Hopkins Hospital its prestigious Magnet Recognition status for excellence in nursing services, quality patient care and innovations in nursing practices. Hopkins first gained Magnet status in 2003 and is just one of two hospitals in Maryland with this designation.
  • For the 15th straight year, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ranks as the top recipient of National Institutes of Health research dollars.                                                                                     
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine once again is ranked as one of the top two medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • The 12-story tower that will house the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is named for the mother of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Hopkins graduate and former trustee. The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins is scheduled to open in early 2011.
  • Construction commences on a $100 million, 200,000-square-foot addition to Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the distinctive building features a multistory glass atrium and space for additional research and clinical activities.
  • His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, makes a significant financial commitment to Johns Hopkins Medicine to honor his late father. Most of the gift supports Hopkins’ new cardiovascular and critical care tower, which is named for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The rest of the money goes into the Dean’s Discretionary Fund for cardiovascular research and to assist AIDS research at the Johns Hopkins University-Makerere University Collaborative Care Center in Kampala, Uganda.
  • The $54 million John J. Rangos Building opens in the new Science & Technology Park adjacent to East Baltimore campus. It is home to the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and the Baltimore Diabetes Research and Training Center.
  • Surgeons at Johns Hopkins perform the first six-way donor kidney swap among 12 individuals. The 10-hour procedure requires six operating rooms and nine surgical teams. Hopkins pioneered the exchange of kidneys among incompatible donor-recipient pairs, led by Robert Montgomery, chief of the transplant division.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives $10 million for Hopkins to lead a landmark study on trachoma, a bacterial eye disease that infects 84 million people worldwide each year, blinding an estimated 4 million of them. Sheila West, a professor of ophthalmology at Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute, will head an international group of researchers on the project.
  • The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute (BSI), an amalgam of faculty from 14 university departments, is launched. This is soon followed by the announcement that BSI is collaborating with pharmaceutical development company Biogen Idec on developing new therapies for such neurodegenerative diseases as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
  • The School of Medicine establishes a formal education agreement with the University of Patras, the third largest university in Greece, to collaborate on research and student and faculty exchanges.
  • Hopkins’ new, $5 million medical and surgical Simulation Training Center opens at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.
  • Hopkins launches a full-service patient care and clinical research center for people with a rare and disabling brain disorder, ataxia, which affects an estimated 150,000 Americans. The Johns Hopkins Ataxia Center focuses on innovative technologies.
  • The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) announces a new Hopkins Medicine management affiliation with Al Rahba Hospital, a 135-bed facility just outside Abu Dhabi City. Johns Hopkins International already manages the 468-bed Tawam Hospital in Al Ain for SEHA. Both facilities are accredited by the Joint Commission International.
  • Akhilesh Pandey, associate professor of biological chemistry, pathology and oncology and a member of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, leads an international effort to compile the largest free resource of experimental information on human proteins, Human Proteinpedia. It contains more than 15,230 entries.
  • Hopkins installs the first 320-slice CT scanner in North America. This computed tomography scanning machine has five times greater detection coverage than its commonly used predecessor, the 64-CT, and can rapidly capture most of the body’s organs with a single rotation of its gantry.
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission awards its “Freedom to Compete Award” to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System for innovative employer programs that promote diversity and inclusion.
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research, in concert with the Broad Institute, receives an $11.7 million federal grant to determine how environmental factors such as diet, exercise, stress and addictions interact with individuals’ genetic makeup and contribute to the risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
  • To speed promising research from the laboratory to the bedside, Hopkins receives a $100-million-plus award to establish the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The federal grant supports the work of over 100 faculty members in the schools of Medicine, Engineering, Nursing and Public Health.
  • For the 12th straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital wins the “Consumer Choice Award” for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation. The award is based on quality ratings from health care consumers.
  • For the sixth straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital wins the American Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. The award signifies excellence in security, comfort, convenience and caring. Hopkins is the only hospital in Maryland to win this year’s award.
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a 292-acute care hospital in Towson, enters into a master affiliation agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine that includes Hopkins’ assuming medical direction of cardiovascular services, collaboration in pediatric surgery and medical direction of head and neck surgery at GBMC. The affiliation follows a similar agreement between Anne Arundel Health System and Hopkins Medicine to collaborate on cancer research and to staff AAHS’ new urgent care center on Kent Island with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians personnel.
  • The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center receives nearly $5 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to establish a basic and translational research center for sickle cell disease. The goal is to consolidate research, treatment and care of adult and pediatric sickle cell patients under one roof and speed the translation of scientific discovery from bench to bedside. Johns Hopkins Medicine also opens a new urgent care center specifically for sickle cell patients experiencing acute pain.
  • The School of Medicine receives an additional $12.6 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to study sudden cardiac death. The funding adds to the foundation’s original gift of $24 million in 2003. The Cardiovascular Clinical Research center is named for Mr. Reynolds.
  • The Shattuck Family Foundation makes a $1 million contribution to support a burn unit in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center tower under construction.
  • The Wilmer Eye Institute is named best overall ophthalmology program in the country by Ophthalmology Times for the 12th consecutive year.

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