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Volume 60
Number 8
October 2009





New E-mail Newsletter
An informative collection of articles, videos and news releases debuted Sept. 17 in JHMUpdate, a new e-newsletter that showcases the scope of activities going on within Johns Hopkins Medicine. These highlights range from groundbreaking research to the latest clinical innovations, from thought-provoking essays by Hopkins leadership to features portraying the many people who make Hopkins a leader in health care, research and education. JHMUpdate will be sent regularly to faculty and staff, and there is a subscribe-and-unsubscribe feature at the bottom of the e-mail. Read the inaugural issue at Subscribe by sending a blank email to with subject line JHMUpdate.

Have a Heart: Walk
Walk Since 1971, the American Heart Association has awarded grants to Johns Hopkins Medicine to the tune of $47 million. Hopkins is also the largest recipient of AHA funding in the Mid-Atlantic region. But that’s not the only reason you should join the legions of Hopkins employees for the Greater Baltimore Heart Walk on Oct. 24, a three-mile hike beginning in Federal Hill Park. The AHA raises critical research dollars for heart disease—the nation’s number-one killer—and stroke, the number-three killer. Though Hopkins is always well represented, the bar has been set higher: to entice 1,000 Hopkins walkers and to raise a total of $100,000. Info: Robin Hunt, or Megha Mehta, or visit

That Smoke-Free Feeling
A year ago, to help create the healthiest possible atmosphere, Hopkins Hospital adopted a policy of making its interior smoke free. Now the institution has taken the next step—prohibiting smoking in the Meyer 1 Courtyard. Employees haven’t been allowed to smoke there for several years, but now patients and visitors can’t either. On admission, inpatients are notified of the new policy and given access to smoking cessation products. So far, the response has been remarkably well received, says Judy Rohde, director of neurosciences nursing administration, who notes that 75 percent of Maryland hospitals have adopted a smoke-free campus. Already, she adds, fresh air breaks, exercise groups and relaxation training have become viable alternatives.



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