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24/7 Reprised

ABC News, producers of Hopkins: 24/7, the six-part documentary that took television viewers deep inside the world of academic medicine, has asked to shoot another, similar Hopkins Hospital mini-series. This time, the camera will capture the life and work of residents and their mentors, including nurses. “Often, the public doesn’t understand how we train people and what the interactions are,” Dean/CEO Edward Miller told faculty and staff at a recent town meeting. “With this series, we hope to get the message out.”

“We are thrilled to come back and meet old friends,” said ABC producer Terry Wrong, noting that many of the crew who worked on the 2000 series will return. “We felt that we had never captured people quite as smart and operating at such a high level. It was most rewarding and enriching.”

24/7’s cinema verite techniques, including the use of small cameras, have since been copied many times over. “The bar is higher now,” said Wrong.

Videographers and producers, working in two-person teams, will start shooting this month and continue on site for four to six months. The series will air in prime time, probably in 2008.

Palm Beach Post

Hopkins USA has established a small office in Palm Beach to help Florida residents in the region make arrangements for specialty medical care at Johns Hopkins. The office opens officially on Feb. 1, in concert with the annual symposium hosted by Hopkins Medicine at The Breakers Palm Beach.

M.L. Farrell, director and sole employee of Hopkins USA Palm Beach, moved to Florida last year after a 20-year career in public relations at Brown, where she most recently worked on the medical school’s alumni program. She began work in early December to prepare for the opening. Reached at her storefront on Royal Palm Way, Farrell said she’s tried to create an inviting environment and furnished the office with historic photographs and books on The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“Over the years, people at the symposium told us they need to access medical care,” she said. “We heeded the call.”



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