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On Exhibit at Bayview

Bayview’s Under the Sea gallery.

Jumping jellyfish! Leaping lizards! Check out the paintings at Hopkins Bayview, now on exhibit in the underground passageway between the Care Center and Medical Center. They were created by East Baltimore children as part of a partnership between Bayview and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, a local arts organization.

The project, incorporated into summer programs at the Highlandtown, Canton and Patterson Park branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, produced almost 100 paintings. Twenty-five watercolors and collages were selected for Bayview’s Under the Sea gallery.

“They’ve transformed a once dark and dreary corridor into a gallery of magnificent art,” said Robert Gair, director of environmental services and project coordinator. “It’s important to keep a positive presence in the surrounding neighborhoods. Showcasing the spirit and art of our community’s children is an appropriate way to do it.”

Energy Assistance: Hopkins Answers the Call

Hot summer days, coupled with rising utility bills, led the Baltimore City Health Department to announce its Energy Assistance Initiative in July. Health care providers were urged to refer patients at risk for heat-related illness to the Health Department to see if they were eligible for energy assistance. Fax forms were available in the emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, nursing units and online.

At press time, the Health Department had received 98 referrals, and 42 of them were from Johns Hopkins. “Hopkins has been wonderful. Referrals have come in from East Baltimore, mobile health units, community psychiatry clinics—all across the institution,” said Marisa North, Health Department special projects assistant.

Those hot summer days may be gone, but winter won’t be far behind. The energy assistance program will continue throughout the year.

Stranded Lebanese Nurses

Five graduate nursing students from the American University of Beirut, here for a seven-week clinical nursing residency, received an extended welcome from the Department of Nursing and School of Nursing in late July when they were unable to return to Lebanon due to the conflict there. The stranded students, Sara Abboud, Suha Ballout, Rida Gharzeddine, Grace Khatcherian and Rafika Zaatari, were hosted by the department and School, which offered clinical experiences, including hospital rotations and dissertation guidance. As Dome went to press, the nurses still had not returned to Lebanon.

What We Did Last Summer

Ed Cramer, of the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan, at the Homefront Challenge Camp.

Hopkins Medicine rallied around the Homefront Challenge Camp, a weeklong, overnight camp held by the Maryland Army National Guard at Aberdeen Proving Ground for children of active-duty military parents. Employees of JH HealthCare, Community Physicians, and Marketing and Communications donated T-shirts, snacks and volunteer time.

Among the 60 kids, ages 8 to 18, were many who feared for parents stationed in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. “Our hands were full every minute,” said Heather Molnar, M&C Web director, who took a week’s vacation to volunteer 24/7 as a counselor. “Those wet, stressful, tiring five days entailed much more responsibility than I had imagined.” But Molnar and her fellow volunteers have no regrets. In fact, they’ve already signed up for next year.



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