Seven Pies for Seven Digits
For the past 13 years, the morning deejays at Baltimore's MIX 106.5
FM, JoJo Girard and Kenny Campbell, have held a radiothon to raise money
for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. During that time, they raised
$4.7 million. But this year, in just four days, they reached $1 million.
The total was announced on the morning of Monday, March 4, from the
plastic-wrapped Children's Center Zoo Lobby. There, children hurled
seven pies (one for each digit in the $1,000,325.47 total) at the
assembled crew from MIX 106, plus Children's Center Director George
Dover. Dover got the cream of the crop-a shaving cream pie. The others
were blasted with pies made of coleslaw, baked beams, peanut butter
and jelly, and pancake batter. Still, according to Dover, it was better
than eating bugs, which the three did last year.
Gastroenterology is the latest Hopkins specialty to launch its own
Web site. Anyone with questions about digestive diseases now can turn
to the Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Resource Center,
www.hopkins-gi.org, for answers.
More than 20 Johns Hopkins physicians-including gastroenterologists,
hepatologists, surgeons, radiologists and pathologists-contribute
to the site. They are all actively involved in the care of patients
with digestive diseases like hepatitis B, Crohn's disease, swallowing
disorders and colon cancer. The site includes more than 2,000 Web
pages and approximately 1,000 original medical images. Relevant abstracts
of current medical journal articles have been compiled so visitors
can stay up to date in this field of medicine. There were 1.4 million
hits to the site last month. One visitor said he'd learned more about
his wife's condition in a few minutes on the Web site than he had
in 20 years of taking her to doctors.
The site also includes Spanish, Chinese and Japanese foreign language
translations for the growing international audience of health professionals
and patients seeking help with tough digestive-disease questions.
The Department of Surgery at Hopkins Hospital has opened a training
laboratory for today's surgeons to learn and perfect the minimally invasive
techniques of tomorrow.
Known as the Johns Hopkins/United States Surgical Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Center (MISTC), the facility features two laboratory training areas with a total of nine operating tables, a state-of-the-art conference room with seating for 35, locker rooms and office space. Robotic surgery may be performed in either suite. Faculty and trainers standing at the conference room's podium can view and discuss operations conducted in the next room. Telemedicine capabilities will allow lectures to be broadcast anywhere in the world and permit physicians to direct operations in distant locations.
MISTC also will serve as a home base for continuing medical education
courses for Hopkins residents and faculty.
Hopkins is one of a handful of medical centers in the country to
host one of U.S. Surgical's "Training Centers of Excellence."
Others nearby are at Duke University Medical Center and the Medical
College of Virginia.
The center provides "new training ground not only for surgeons
but also for anesthesiologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists
and all others interested in perfecting and learning advanced surgical
techniques," says otolaryngologist Paul Flint, co-director of
the center. "It also will allow us to develop new technology
to better care for our patients."
"This new facility provides an opportunity for considerable synergism between the research, development and utilization of the surgical techniques of the future," says surgeon Gregory Bulkley, the other co-director. "It is therefore particularly relevant to Hopkins' mission of patient care, research and teaching."
The center occupies renovated space most famously inhabited in the
1940s by the late Hopkins surgeon Alfred Blalock. It was there that
Blalock rehearsed the operation that was the first to successfully
repair the hearts of "blue babies," so named because their
congenital heart defects left them blue from lack of oxygen.
Who provided more new nurses than any other nursing school in the state
The statistics, released by the Maryland Board of Nursing last month,
showed that 165 out of 175 Hopkins students passed the National Council
Licensure Examination, giving them a formal license to practice nursing.
The next biggest group came from the University of Maryland, where
138 nursing students passed their exam.