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Hospitalists Aplenty

Hospitalists have arrived at Howard County General Hospital. Two in-house physicians, both well-versed in the management of inpatients, now are available 24/7. The hospitalists work with unassigned patients who come in through the ED and primary care physicians who refer their patients to the program. “We believe it reflects changing medical trends,” Harry Oken, chairman of medicine, said of the new program, which began in October and is expected to expand.

HCGH’s hospitalist program follows in the footsteps of the one established at Hopkins Hospital in May 2003 in a 10-bed unit on Jefferson 2. That program began with four attending physicians and now has eight providing total care without house staff coverage under the direction of Dan Brotman. The grandfather of them all, the hospitalist program at Bayview, was launched there on the Zieve Medical Unit in 1998.

Prized Ties

Marking its 10th year, the Children’s Center Miracle Ties collection, designed by pediatric patients, has raised more than $500,000 to benefit pediatric research. This year, children submitted designs reminding them of their favorite season. One 12-year-old boy had Christmas in mind when he designed “Holly Berry,” and a 5-year-old boy’s thoughts about fishing and crabbing on his father’s boat inspired “Sailing in the Sun.”

To get a better look, check out the Miracle Tie Fashion Show on Nov. 10 at Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, 100 E. Pratt St., from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sports and media celebrities escort Children’s Center artists and patients down the runway. Free and open to the public. To order:

Número Dos

Hispanic Business Magazine has rated the School of Medicine No. 2 in an article listing the top 10 medical schools for Hispanics. Here’s the rundown: 1. Stanford University; 2. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; 3. University of New Mexico; 4. Texas A&M University; 5. University of North Texas; 6. University of Kansas; 7. University of Arizona; 8. East Carolina University; 9. Edward Via Virginia Osteopathic; 10. Ohio State University. The publication says JHUSOM has a “strong commitment to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic medical students.”

End-of-Life Care

Now at Bayview Medical Center: a palliative care consultation service. Run by Grace Cordts, a faculty member in Geriatric Medicine, and nurse practitioner Marian Grant, the service aims to foster good communication between the medical team, patients and families. The service is available Monday through Friday during the day, and can be reached by Pagerbox or pager (3-5720).

Parking Pinch

If you park on the street in the Homewood area and take the shuttle to East Baltimore, beware! New on-street parking regulations and more aggressive parking enforcement soon will go into effect in neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus. For alternative solutions, check out Hopkins parking facilities, particularly the Ellerslie Lot. Info: and



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