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Most Ethical
A New York-based think tank established to advance best practices in business ethics and corporate social responsibility has named The Johns Hopkins Hospital to its 2009 list of the business world’s most ethical companies and institutions. The hospital was among 99 organizations the Ethisphere Institute selected from hundreds of nominees in more than 100 countries and 35 industries. Criteria for selection included corporate citizenship and responsibility, corporate governance, innovation, industry and executive leadership, legal and regulatory performance and solid ethics compliance programs. Others on this year’s list include Toyota Motors, Dell, General Electric, IKEA, Cleveland Clinic, Marriott International, Starbucks and Target. Info: ethisphere.com.

Street-Safe Support
Safe Streets, a violence prevention program launched in 2007 by the Baltimore City Health Department, will put Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department social workers on the front lines of its public health initiative this summer. When gunshot victims arrive at the hospital’s ED, social workers will serve as liaisons between victims’ families and Safe Streets responders who are trained to intervene in conflicts and encourage alternatives to retaliatory violence. Other ED, trauma and pastoral care staff will also provide support. 

1,000th Kidney Transplant
As surgeon Andrew Singer performed a kidney transplant from a deceased donor on April 14, he had no clue that the operation marked an important milestone: He had completed the 1,000th deceased donor transplant since the merger of the Johns Hopkins Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital programs in 1996. The kidney “worked immediately” for the recipient, a patient of nephrologist Richard Ugarte, says Singer, who performed the surgery. Although advances have greatly increased the number of live kidney donors, “not everybody has the luxury of having a live donor in their life,” says Singer. Of 80,000 patients on the deceased donor list, only 20,000 receive transplants annually. Organ donation provides “miraculous benefits through transplant,” says the surgeon.

 

 

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