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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.”

Hot Single

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.”

Western Digs

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.

Ready to Ride

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.

Monday Meltdown

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.”



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