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On Stage with “W”

Sharing the stage with President George Bush at Anne Arundel Community College on March 2 was none other than JHH pharmacy tech Elliott Ward. Bush was promoting a $250 million proposal to train workers in high-growth fields like health care. Ward is proof of what a business/community-college partnership can produce. At Baltimore City Community College, he earned his credentials to become a pharmacy tech, even as he continued to receive full pay as a Hopkins security guard.

Ward says the experience with Bush wasn’t nearly as terrifying as he had feared. “Normally, you would have been able to see the stool I was sitting on shaking. But with his southern hospitality and charm, the president made it seem like we were having a conversation in my living room. It was like he really knew me.”

With its “grow-your-own philosophy” and established workforce development programs, JHH/JHHSC partners with community colleges to help employees learn new skills and climb the career ladder. Info: Tamika Bell, 410-955-1488.

Radiothon Wrap-Up

Radiothon, the four-day marathon of songs and interviews with patients, families, physicians and staff of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, wrapped up Feb. 28 in Hope Forest Lobby with a grand total of more than $1,011,000. Sponsored by Mix 106.5 for 16 years, Radiothon has raised more than $8 million to benefit patient care at the Children’s Center. “We are so grateful to the Mix 106.5 staff, their listeners, our corporate sponsors and our Radiothon volunteers for their generosity,” said Children’s Center Director George Dover.

HopkinsOne Tutorial

Want to know more about the SAP software that’ll be coming your way when HopkinsOne goes live next year? An online tutorial can help you get familiar with the software’s look and feel now. The tutorial takes you through games and exercises that show how to access and exit the software, create user preferences and perform general tasks. It takes two to three hours to complete and can be taken all at once or in separate sessions. Those who score at least 70 percent can print out a certificate of completion for the course. For logon instructions, go to and click on the training tab to get to the SAP Navigation Course.

A Good Place to Work

The University and Health System were listed among Baltimore magazine’s 27 “Best Places to Work.” Citing tuition benefits, work/life programs and health care benefits, the editors noted: “Compared to the corporate world, the pay’s not always the greatest, but what the heck, you get to work with super-smart people and earn the right to puff out your chest just a tiny bit when you tell people where you work.”



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