The Fleet Is In!
Newly arrived IV pumps, here in temporary storage on the top floor
of Weinberg, are ready to roll. They’ll be replacing Hopkins Hospital’s
current fleet of about 1,300 IV pumps. The first pumps hit the units
on Nov. 3; another group is slated for delivery Dec. 14; and the remainder
will be in place by next fall. A committee of physicians, nurses, pharmacists,
anesthesiologists and representatives from clinical engineering, materials
management and purchasing selected the pump, an Alaris Medley infusion
system, a modular pump with computer software that monitors medication
administration. Says MICU nurse Dana Moore: “Conceived in one
unit, this idea blossomed into a housewide patient safety project, proving
that frontline recommendations are taken seriously here.”
If that lovely face on the cover of the December issue of Baltimore
magazine seems familiar, it’s because it belongs to neurosurgery
resident Violette Renard. After passing muster as one of Baltimore’s
50 “hottest singles,” Renard was asked to sit for a three-hour
cover photo shoot. “I’m so used to running around in my
scrubs without makeup, my hair up in a pony tail. It was a treat to
play dress-up for an afternoon.” Renard, SOM ’02, did her
undergraduate work at JHU, where she was musical director for an acappella
group and a volleyball player. Contemplating her upcoming cover-girl
status, she said, “It will be a little weird to be at the Safeway
checkout and see my picture on magazines there. That is what I think
is the craziest thing about all of this.”
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Westminster has relocated to
new offices less than a mile away from the old. The doctors’ smartly
decorated digs are in a brand new building at 410 Malcolm Drive. JHCP
at Westminster will celebrate with a reception on Dec. 9, from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
For those who have suffered the indignities of being shuttled from
East Baltimore to Homewood and points in between on yellow school buses,
there is good news: 10 new, air-conditioned buses have come on line.
White with dark blue Johns Hopkins signage, the buses seat 47 riders
with room for 11 to stand. Each week, the Homewood-JHMI shuttles carry
about 14,000 Hopkins employees and students at no cost.
Ready to Ride
The nurses on Meyer 4 are at it again. Deb Goodman, Elaine Schultz,
Padmini Paul, Sandy Barnowski, Sandy Kirckhoff, Mary Wright and Paula
Casey are competing in WJZ’s sixth annual Mammoth Manic Monday
Meltdown. On Aug. 9, their rendition of the 1985 Bangles hit was broadcast
live from the Fells Point plaza on WJZ’s “Rise and Shine/Morning
Edition.” After learning on Nov. 15 they were among the six finalists,
the Meyer 4 nurses were gearing up to reprise their act on Nov. 29.
“We work as a real team,” Goodman says. “When someone
comes up with an idea, we say, let’s go do it. Now we’re
going for the Meltdown.”