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Room Service at HCGH

Ordering dinner off a menu? Having it delivered to your room whenever you want? It may conjure up a stay at the Ritz, but actually, it’s what patients are doing at Howard County General Hospital.

HCGH has joined the ranks of community hospitals offering room service dining. The trick, says Denis Manneville, head of dietary services, is to deliver meals in 45 minutes. “That’s a very tight window in the hospital setting,” says the French-trained Manneville, former owner of Canton’s Weber’s on Boston Street. “You have to take the order, place the order, put the food on the tray, put it on the cart and deliver it to the bedside.” Patients can have meals prepared according to their specific dietary needs, all spelled out on award-winning menus designed by Public Relations and so popular, they all disappeared within two weeks. They now are firmly affixed to a piece of plexiglass.

Chambers and Gordon at Camden Yards.
Play Ball!

For 25 years in a row, Ted Chambers, administrator of Pediatrics, and Toby Gordon, strategic planning VP, have attended Opening Day. Yes, for a quarter of a century, these two have weathered snow, rain, sleet and searing sun. “To get tickets, we borrow and beg,” says Chambers. “We’ve had horrible seats [bleachers] and great ones [20 rows behind first base, their best ever]. “We were there for Cal Ripken’s first year [1981]. We’re just as much the ‘Ironman’ as he is.”

Women’s Room

Until this spring, the Garrett Room at JHH was a sorry sight. The walls were dead white, the overhead flourescent lighting oppressive, the air evil-smelling because the carpet had never been replaced after a sewage spill a few years earlier. Now, the carpet is new, the furnishings comfortable, the light ambient. To offset the stately memorial plaque honoring early SOM benefactor Mary Elizabeth Garrett, one wall is a warm shade of yellow. To compliment the photographs of the physicians inducted into the Women’s Medical Alumnae Association’s Hall of Fame, another is a deep terra cotta.

The transformation of the lounge on Nutting Hallway is largely the work of fourth-year medical student and future Osler intern Megan Coylewright, who sought to return the room to its original purpose—as stipulated by Garrett—a place where women medical students and physicians could gather to network. She mobilized the support of faculty physicians and senior administrators, not to mention the folks in facilities engineering. Second-year student Lorrel Brown oversaw interior design. Unveiled on April 11, the Garrett Room will be the scene of monthly meetings and occasional celebrations, Coylewright said. “All will be invited. We hope it will be very active.”



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