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Future Docs’ New Digs

For the first time in 25 years, med students here can look forward to having a new place to learn, thanks in part to a $20 million donation from S. Anne and C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of Hopkins Medicine’s board of trustees. The groundbreaking was held last month at the site—between the Outpatient Center and Denton Cooley Center. The planned 100,000-square-foot, four-story education building, which will cost roughly $45 million, will include a large lecture hall, flexible lab space and group study areas for informal learning. Conventional microscopes will make way for virtual microscopy, and other virtual tools will help students master anatomy and other subjects. The new building, slated for completion in 2009, dovetails with the redesigned curriculum, says vice dean for education David Nichols, “both of which foster fertile exchange of ideas.”

Behavioral Unit

In response to a 40 percent increase in psychiatric evaluations over the past two years, Howard County General Hospital has begun construction of a 1,920-square-foot addition to the hospital’s emergency department. The new Behavioral Emergency Unit will treat patients experiencing a mental health crisis. “We look forward to providing more services to this vulnerable group of patients in an environment that offers greater privacy and comfort,” notes the hospital’s president and CEO, Victor Broccolino. Funded in part by the Maryland Hospital Bond Project Review Program and a grant from the Horizon Foundation, the $775,000 project will house a separate, secure unit with treatment areas that accommodate up to 10 patients. The unit is scheduled to open in January.

Musings of the Prez

In regular columns for Change, a newsletter for faculty and senior staff, Johns Hopkins University President Bill Brody weighs in on tough health care issues, from malpractice to medical education. Now three dozen of those columns—written with Brody’s trademark candor and humor—have been published in a collection titled Crossroads, Volume III: Essays on Health Care in Modern America. For a free copy, contact Jamieson Brown, jbrow143@jhmi.edu or 410-955-6681.

 

 

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