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Gray Is Beautiful

Fifty may be the new 30, but that doesn’t mean health care workers past the half-century mark are postponing retirement. In fact, nationwide—and at our institution—critical shortages of skilled allied health care workers are already being felt. The good news: Efforts to retain our 1,900-plus employees past age 50 just received a boost from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Maryland State Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. As part of a $500,000 grant, the Hospital and Health System is one of three hospitals chosen to organize focus groups for selected employees age 50 and older, recently retired or current employees and nursing and allied health workers, including radiology techs, respiratory therapists and others. If you’re asked to participate, don’t miss the chance to speak your mind about what makes for a rewarding, long-term career and what might tempt you to work longer.

MLK Would Be Proud

Andre Payne
General Services’ tech André Payne

Summer ended on a high for volunteers at the Johns Hopkins Community Service Days. Sponsored by the Health System General Services vice president and directors, the event drew about 40 employees to make much-needed improvements to the Martin Luther King Jr. Early Head Start building on North Rutland Avenue. They painted, patched, stripped floors and spruced up the site of the federally funded service for low-income Baltimore City families with children from birth to 3 years old. The centers provide developmental services to the children and counseling and aid to parents.

Say No To Latex

Since 1997, members of the JHH Latex Task Force have been hot on the trail to remove products that might contain the ingredient responsible for severe—and sometimes fatal—allergic reactions. In 1999, JHHS switched to purple nitrile gloves. But latex allergies can show up unexpectedly, even through brief contact with a colorful balloon. The Task Force’s goal is to make the Hospital a completely latex-safe institution. For more information, and the Materials Management Latex Alternative List, visit

Credit Union Expands Reach

This month, the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union will open a new branch at the Mt. Washington campus, on the ground floor of McAuley Hall, just inside the main entrance. Credit Union staff will be on hand to help with opening accounts and processing loans. Though the branch will not have teller stations or cash, an ATM outside the entrance will handle deposits and withdrawals. Info: 410-955-4500, ext. 260, or visit



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