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Edward D. Miller

As my 10th year at the helm of Johns Hopkins Medicine draws to a close, I wanted to share some of our recent accomplishments with you.

Financially, JHM had its best year ever in FY07. Our three hospitals did well, as did Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and Johns Hopkins Home Care. If there is one concern, it’s the flat NIH budget, which continues to come up short for our researchers.

Part of the slack is being made up through philanthropy. Our development office raised a record $316 million in 12 months. I am confident, too, that we’ll meet our overall $3.2 billion goal for our capital campaign. The School of Medicine is responsible for bringing in $2 billion of that total, and we are currently at $1.75 billion with 14 months to go. Those funds will be targeted at the neurosciences. We have more than 500 investigators involved in neurologic conditions, and by pulling our resources together, I believe we’ll be able to unlock some unresolved mysteries.

Now that the basements and shoring have been completed on our two new clinical towers at Orleans and Wolfe streets, we have begun phase II of this major, $950 million construction project, the largest of any hospital in the country. We expect those buildings—the cardiovascular and critical care tower and the children’s hospital—to be completed by the end of 2010 and operating by the spring of 2011.

In addition, the new Wilmer building at Broadway and Orleans Street is on target to open in 2009. Likewise, the Armstrong Medical Education Building, adjacent to the Outpatient Center, is scheduled to open in August 2009, to coincide with the unveiling of the new curriculum for Hopkins medical students. Then, we will renovate space in the basic science complex to accommodate our rapidly growing population of 800 Ph.D. students.

We are investing money north of campus, as well, to help develop the neighborhood surrounding the new Biotech Park. Over the next five years, we should see dramatic changes in that area, although it’s difficult now to imagine how the dirt piles and bulldozers will morph into a neighborhood. We’re also working with Baltimore City and the Board of Education to develop a school in the vicinity.

Despite this progress, I have some concerns. Our patient safety efforts have improved, but not as quickly as I would like. Every one of us, no matter what our job, should focus on making each patient’s experience the safest it can be. Secondly, we’re in the middle of the pack in patient satisfaction; we should be striving to be No. 1. I also have concerns about staff wages. In a competitive market, we need to keep pace with salary expectations. That’s a difficult task.

This place is doing well. Everybody’s working hard. But there are things that we’ve got to improve on. Patients demand that of us.

—Edward Miller

 

 

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