HIPAA's privacy regulations take effect on April 14.
Are you prepared? Here's what you need to know.

Wanted: Volunteers for a Vaccination
ED physician Christina Catlett tells why she will soon be rolling up a sleeve for the smallpox inoculation.
It's been more than a month since JHM's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) announced its plan for vaccinating a core group of health care workers against an old enemy, smallpox. Now, the call for volunteers has gone out to functional units throughout the three Hopkins hospitals.

Potentially, as many as 250 from Hopkins Hospital, 175 from Bayview, and 100 from Howard Country General could be vaccinated over six to nine months. Among these first responders will be doctors and nurses, techs and therapists, housekeepers and laboratory workers-in short, anyone who routinely comes into contact with patients. As part of CEPAR's "go slow" plan, they will be inoculated in small groups, at a rate of about five to 10 a week, to insure safety for the volunteers and patients.


"It may be a small step in alleviating the distress, but it's a step. It can take away at least one ring of fear."

Christina Catlett in the Emergency Department


Julie Fleischlag Steps into Surgery's Top Post
Julie Fleischlag becomes chief of the Department of Surgery. MORE

Heart and Soul of the Research Team
"Without the animal caretakers and techs, we couldn't survive
. They're the unsung heroes on the research team."MORE

Going Paperless
Hopkins Helath System wants all its financial reports online by July.

HIPAA Arrives
Strict new patient privacy rules about to take effect will change the way hospitals across the nation do business. MORE

  Are We Satisfied?
Have the changes out into effect since the 2001 Satisfaction Survey made a difference? MORE
Treasured Tattoo
Bonnie Hippler provides a service that makes surgical patients more at ease with their appearance.

We open the mailbag to see what our readers really think.

Killer Blizzard? We've Got it Covered
Hopkins weather emergency plan went into action. MORE

Heady Reading
Two Hopkins M.D.'s have written books having to do with the head: one to ease the pain, the other to improve memory.

Defibrilators Everywhere
Cardiac arrest victims are now in safer hands as security and parking staff are trained to use automated external defibrillators (AED).

Vicky Lawrence sang with Hopkins own Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers.


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