Working on the Towline
A tour of Hopkins’ back-of-the-house operations reveals a hidden underworld.
It takes a lot of big truck traffic to keep The Johns Hopkins Hospital supplied in bulk medical supplies, chemicals, linen and equipment. Two years ago, a huge, 22-bay loading dock tucked behind an inconspicuous driveway off the 1700 block of East Fayette Street was built to accommodate those deliveries. It replaced a three-bay dock on Jefferson Street.
“This is probably one of the largest receiving facilities in health care,” says Ken Grant, vice president of general services. “You’re not going to find many with this kind of capacity.”