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Here We Go Again

It’s that time of year: the height of the summer, the apex of angst. Will we be, for the 14th consecutive year, the “best of the best” in U.S. News & World Report’s soon-to-be-released ranking of the nation’s hospitals? The results will be posted on Hopkins’ Internet and Intranet sites on Friday, July 2, but due to the Fourth of July holiday, the annual celebration will be delayed until Wednesday, July 7. As ever, thank-you gifts will be distributed to Johns Hopkins Medicine employees—but on the East Baltimore campus, only to those who present gift coupons received in the mail. Screenings of HBO’s “Something the Lord Made” will take place in Hurd Hall. (See Not To Be Missed, page 4.) Even if we’re not No. 1, the celebration will go on. That’s because we’re likely to be in the top 10. And isn’t that cause enough for celebrating? Well, sort of …


Building Diversity

The Vivien Thomas Fund, honoring the African-American surgical technician who contributed to the development of the “blue baby” operation, has been established to increase diversity in the School of Medicine. Once the endowment is in hand, students who receive support from the fund will be known as Vivien Thomas scholars; faculty, Vivien Thomas professors. The fund honors Thomas by removing for others the economic and racial barriers that often stood in his way. Info: The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 410-516-6800; www.hopkinsmedicine.org/stlm/vtfund.html.

 

Conjoined Twins

Lea and Tabea Block, 9-month-old conjoined twins from Lemgo, Germany, arrived at the Children’s Center in June in preparation for separation surgery. The girls are joined at the tops of their heads and share several blood vessels between their brains. On June 9, they underwent preliminary surgery to insert tissue expanders beneath their scalps so that they will ultimately have enough skin to cover the surgical site. A team of pediatric neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses and others, led by Ben Carson, will perform the separation surgery in early September.

 

 

 

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