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Patient Refuge

Artist's rendering of the new residenceThe old Pratt Library on the corner of Broadway and Orleans is officially history. Meanwhile—long live the library—it’s been completely rebuilt farther west on Orleans, across from Dunbar High School.

Going up on the library’s former site is the Cancer Center’s Hackerman-Patz Patient & Family Pavilion, a new residence for oncology patients undergoing prolonged treatment and their families. Located directly across the street from the Weinberg Building, the four-story residence will replace the aging Hackerman-Patz and Joanne Rockwell Memorial houses, doubling their combined capacity with 40 guest suites, each with a bedroom, bath, lounge and kitchenette.

“We want a homelike, welcoming environment, one that provides respite and doesn’t feel like a clinic,” says Sarah Hoehlein, director of residential living. “This is an entire psychosocial program that addresses needs of those undergoing cancer treatment while far away from home.”

Fully funded by philanthropists Willard Hackerman and Sidney Kimmel, the project is being planned by the University’s design team. Targeted completion date is winter 2008.

Breaking Bad News

Hopkins OneDisclosing medical errors to patients and family members is an ethically necessary but difficult task. A new video produced at Johns Hopkins—Removing Insult from Injury—offers guidance for these sensitive conversations. The 26-minute film, featuring patient safety gurus Peter Pronovost and Albert Wu and two patients’ stories, is available online at For a CD or DVD version, contact Lori Paine at 410-955-2919.

HopkinsOne Resource

The expansive HopkinsOne system can be tricky to navigate. Now, a monthly newsletter, HopkinsOne Update, sheds some light. The publication features system information, tips for using HopkinsOne and important technology news. View the latest issue at To submit suggestions for the newsletter, e-mail

Hard Work’s Rewards

All employees are invited to the Celebration of Service Excellence, honoring recipients
of our annual Catch a Shining Star Awards, as well as departments that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in service excellence. The event takes place Oct. 2 in Turner Auditorium, from 9 a.m. to noon. Keynote speaker is Al Stubblefield, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care Corp. RSVP by Sept. 30 to 410-502-9496 or Info:




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