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Ken Grant (front and center) with part of his team on the towline.

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.”

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In its continuing efforts to position itself as a fully integrated academic health care system, Johns Hopkins Medicine has announced plans to integrate Suburban Hospital Healthcare System into the Johns Hopkins Health System. Though the proposed transaction will not involve financial exchanges, nor will Suburban Hospital’s name, leadership or day-to-day operations change, the Montgomery County-based facility is expected to become a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of the health system and member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in early fall, 2009.

 
   
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HEADLINERS
Jim Scheulen and Gabe Kelen expect the unexpected.
H1N1 Lessons Learned
Emergency response to flu outbreak shapes future strategies.
Rick Serrano catches up with Eleanora Yale in a more relaxed state.
 

Home Care Heroism
How a prescription delivery morphed into a life-saving venture.

 

Skyrocketing Generosity
A year after Southwest Airlines began offering vouchers for travel expenses to Hopkins, demand is growing.

Chef Marcus Olson, of the Brass Elephant; Dominique Ashen, nurse practitioner; and firefighter Robert Colaianni discuss healthy food choices.
 

ABCs for Fit Firefighters
The Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease reaches out to a high-health-risk profession.

Liz Martinez calls her work fascinating, “because you never know which study will change lives.”
 

Finding Financial Opportunities
Of the $2.2 million in savings in Facilities Management, $1.2 million was from utility savings, says Jack Grinnalds.

 

Questions for Bill Nelson
Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Intense Vision
A radiology fellow forms a nonprofit with an ambitious goal.

     
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Doctor of Medicine and Marriage Maven
Charlie Wiener, pulmonologist and vice-chair of education for the Osler medical house staff, moonlights occasionally as a wedding officiant.
 

 

 

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