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100+ Women Professors

A daylong symposium on Nov. 1 will highlight the work of successful women scientists and clinicians and honor female faculty who have attained the rank of full professor at the School of Medicine since its founding in 1893.

In all, 113 women have achieved the designation, beginning with Florence Sabin, who was promoted in 1917, and then Helen Taussig—42 long years later. After a third woman attained the rank in 1970, the pace picked up. Remarkably, 50 percent of all SOM women full professors have been promoted within the past six years. The banner year was 2001, with 16; the landmark year, 2003, when oncologist Judith Karp became the 100th woman professor.

100+ Women Professors keynoters are Nobel laureate Linda Buck and news commentator Cokie Roberts. Info:

Growing Our Own

On Sept. 22, 77 employees of the Hopkins Hospital and Health System graduated from Project REACH in a ceremony in Hurd Hall.

Project REACH is designed to boost job skills for employees while providing Hopkins with staff to take over important yet hard-to-fill, chronically vacant health care positions. Since July 2004, more than 400 employees have enrolled in the 18-month program. Some upgraded career skills as clinical associates, digital film clerks, lab techs and patient service coordinators. Others earned GEDs.

“Giving an employee new skills and education is one of the most powerful things we can do,” said Pamela Paulk, vice president of JHH/JHHSC human resources. It’s something that can never be taken away.”

Testing HopkinsOne

Will HopkinsOne work the way it’s supposed to work? That’s the question testers are tinkering with at Hopkins-One headquarters on the Mt. Washington campus.

Testers mimic typical business processes to see if they function correctly from beginning to end: A fictitious employee is hired with salary and benefits and then orders supplies, travels and files for expense reimbursements. Testers can immediately target problems and work with designers to make changes.

The workforce, meanwhile, is warming to HopkinsOne. “In the last couple of months we’ve noticed a gradual shift toward acceptance,” said Steve Golding, HopkinsOne executive director. “It’s like the logjam has broken loose.”

Satisfaction Action

What’s the best thing about working at Hopkins? The people. The pride. The opportunities for learning. That’s according to employees who participated in focus groups post-Employee Satisfaction Survey.

Satisfaction improved among JHM entities as compared with other health care organizations. At Hopkins Hospital, where survey participation was 61 percent, satisfaction ranked in the 48th percentile, up from 40th in the previous survey. But leadership is determined to do better. “We’re at the middle,” COO Judy Reitz recently told a group of JHH managers and supervisors. “And clearly, we’re not about the middle.”

Data from the follow-up sessions, meanwhile, has been forwarded to leadership so that action plans can be drawn up between now and December.



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