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Blue Distinction
The newest member of the Johns Hopkins family has made us proud. Last month, Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, in Bethesda, Md., received a Blue Distinction Award from Blue Cross/Blue Shield for oncology services. (A few months earlier, the hospital had received that recognition for cardiology.) Now designated a “Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers,” Suburban Hospital joins roughly 800 other medical centers across the country that encourage the use of clinically proven care delivery standards for a full range of services, including inpatient cancer care, surgery and rehabilitation. Info:

Attention Shoppers/Fashionistas
Best Dressed Tighter wardrobe budget this fall? Don’t fret. The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital has amassed an impressive collection of gently used—and some brand new—chic clothing and boutique items for a fraction of the price at retail stores. The Best Dressed Sale and Boutique takes place at the Evergreen Museum and Library’s Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Sale dates are Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Oct. 4 (clearance day—most items half price), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome; Visa and Mastercard accepted. Special preview shopping event, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets: $40 in advance; $45 at the door. And forget guilt: Your shopping dollars at the sale benefit patient care at the hospital. Info: 410-955-9341 or

Research Ethics Consults
As any researcher can attest, during the development, execution or analysis of a research study, murky ethical questions—like how to recruit subjects from vulnerable populations—are bound to arise. Enter the Research Ethics Consulting Service. Managed by the faculty of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the service is a no-cost resource designed to help Hopkins investigators with ethical issues in human subjects research. The service welcomes questions about ethics related to any aspect of research, from study design to data analysis. Questions may be submitted online at or in person with a research ethics expert. Upcoming office hours for researchers: Sept. 21, noon to 1 p.m., The Daily Grind, Broadway Research Building. Info: Allison Boyce,



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