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Best of the Best?

Friday the 13th looms large for Hopkins—or does it? Will it really matter if, on that day, we learn that after 16 consecutive years, we are no longer ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report? Not really, says Joann Rodgers, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “Of course we’d be sad to lose that cachet, but people will always associate us with excellence in medical care.” Some hospitals have opted out of the rankings, claiming they’re not scientifically rigorous. But, notes Rodgers, rankings like these and hospital report cards are becoming more important to the public. “It’s better to be a player. As a target for all this praise, we have a responsibility to do our best. Besides, it’s a huge morale booster—and a lot of fun.”

Top of His Game

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh performed his 4,000th nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy on June 13. The former director of urology was honored at a symposium in the spring on the 25th anniversary of the operation he developed, now a standard in urology. Walsh’s patients have ranged from the rich and famous (John Kerry, Roone Arledge, the king of Belgium) to the average guy, all of whom receive Walsh’s personal counsel and home phone number. At age 69, he has no plans to stop operating, he told local media. “I’m still at the top of my game.”

JHCP Firsts

For the first time, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians has ventured into Charles County. The 16th Community Physicians practice to open in Maryland, it offers primary care, chronic disease management, immunizations and treatment of minor problems. It’s also the first paperless office. Already, more than 400 patients have come through the doors. What’s next for Community Physicians? New locations in Annapolis, Kent Island and Canton Crossing, where alternative medicine, e.g., acupuncture, will be available—another JHCP first.



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