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What’s Cookin’?

Renovations under way in Hopkins Hospital’s main cafeteria will be done in two phases, allowing patrons to use half the area while the other half is being worked on. The updated cafeteria, to be completed sometime this summer, will bring vendors like Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noble Roman’s Pizza and Southern Tsunami Sushi. Also available to students and employees: a cashless payment system called FreedomPay. Designed like EasyPass for highway tolls, the program lets members wave a plastic key tag in front of a scanner at the register. Purchases are deducted from their established FreedomPay accounts, which members manage on the Web.

Cops and Docs

Thanks to a new partnership with our Department of Emergency Medicine, Maryland state troopers in high-risk situations now have Hopkins physicians on the scene. The Tactical Physician Program deploys doctors with troopers in dangerous situations, such as a hostage crisis. Should a police officer, victim or suspect be injured, these M.D.’s will provide immediate care, supplementing on-site State Police tactical paramedic assistance. “We stand prepared to support these men and women who protect and serve our citizens,” says Nelson Tang, director of Hopkins’ Division of Special Operations.

Civility Compass

Those unwritten rules we grew up with—be pleasant, listen, lend a hand—are now Hopkins Hospital policy. The new Code of Conduct lists 13 precepts of appropriate behavior in order of importance, beginning with the basics: Treat everyone with courtesy and sensitivity. “We need a civility compass to foster a positive environment for staff, patients and visitors,” explains Vice President for Medical Affairs Beryl Rosenstein. Complaints about inappropriate conduct or potentially unsafe practices will be forwarded to supervisors and handled under respective discipline policies.

BSO Discount

The Baltimore Symphony is offering discount tickets to the Johns Hopkins medical community. Twenty-dollar orchestra seats at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall are available for a number of performances. To access this special offer, visit Info: BSO’s Amy Consoli, 410-783-8121, or

MAC Attack

The Maryland Athletic Club, which has enjoyed a long partnership with Johns Hopkins cardiologists, is expanding—big time. The new MAC, which will open in June at The Vue, on the corner of President and Fleet streets, will house four pools and 10,000 square feet of space for exercise equipment. Employee discounts are available for all MAC services.                 

Besides donating more than $20,000 a year since 2001 to support clinical research at Hopkins’ Cicarrone Center for Prevention of Heart Disease, the MAC, under the direction of Hopkins cardiologist Roger Blumenthal, launched Healthy Start. It provides physician-supervised stress tests, treadmill stress echo tests and EKGs at the MAC and Outpatient Center. The 60-day program meets twice a week for half-hour sessions with a fitness trainer and costs only $60.



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