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Volume 60
Number 10
November 2008



Who Would You Like to Thank?


Ron Peterson
Ron Peterson, President, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Ron Peterson
President, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

I would like to thank the people who contribute every day to making Johns Hopkins Medicine what it is in the world today. In my job, I get to see our many faces: the security officer who administered CPR in our parking lot until a medical team arrived; the vacationing nurse who came to the aid of a stranger on the streets of New York; the physician who applies a research discovery to a treatment regimen.

I admire the social worker who helps a family place their loved one in an assisted living facility; the chaplain who gives a patient peace near the end of life; the executive who fights for the tools her staff needs to best do their work; the employee who walks a lost patient to his destination and the lawyers who wade through the details of our business decisions and contracts.

I see the housekeeper who rushes to wipe up a spill so no one will accidentally fall; the medical student who asks me to intercede in an insurance dilemma that’s stalling a patient’s surgery; the facility worker who coaxes an out-of-date elevator back to life; the chef who comes up with a new dish that puts a smile on a patient’s face; the surgeon who agrees to pro bono treatment of a child from a foreign country, and the anesthesiologist and rehab specialist who also sign on to help.

I know about the assistant who goes out of his way to ease the burden for his hardworking boss; the patient accounts coordinator who walks a frustrated patient and spouse through their complex medical bills; the X-ray technician who gently maneuvers a patient in pain; the oncologist who gives hope and life to a patient who had been told that medicine had nothing more to offer; and the parking attendant whose quick thinking averts an accident in our garage.

These are the people I would like to thank—the people who have made my career so abundantly rich and who make Johns Hopkins such a miraculous place to work.


Charmaine Farabee, Georgene Citrano, Geneese McKeldin, Kim Houser
From left: Charmaine Farabee, Georgene Citrano, Geneese McKeldin, Kim Houser.

Charmaine Farabee Johns Hopkins Hospital I.V. Infusion Nurse
I’m thankful for the family service coordinator at Head Start, where my four children went to school many years ago. She encouraged me to go back to school. I was always interested in health care, so I decided to lock into a four-year nursing program. I worked as a Hopkins unit clerk from 1982 to 1992, then took a break for school and came back as an R.N. in 1998. If it weren’t for that woman’s encouragement, I probably would not have succeeded.

Laura McGirt
Johns Hopkins Hospital Dermatologist

I’d like to thank my husband, Matthew McGirt, a neurosurgery resident—and all of my co-residents—for the emotional support they provided during the insanity of residency.

Georgene Citrano
Clinic Manager, Johns Hopkins Hospital Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

I started at the bottom here, as a registrar, 30 years ago, and I’d like to thank two people—Joan Magruder, a former Otolaryngology administrator, and Tony Etzel, my current administrator. They helped me grow and trusted me to make a lot of decisions. I’m grateful that Tony doesn’t micromanage me or anyone in my department.

Kim Houser
Manager, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Child Mental Health Program

I’d like to thank my boss of 22 years, Wayne Swartz, who recently retired. He gave me weekly supervision for 22 years—that’s 1,144 hours! Hugh McCusker Johns Hopkins Bayview Environment of Care Specialist I would like to thank the staff of HR for allowing me the freedom and trust to present New Employee Orientation in my unorthodox style for all of these years.

Geneese McKeldin
Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center

The greatest mentor I ever had was an instructor at York Hospital School of Nursing, Orpha White. She was the toughest and best teacher I ever had. She taught me to always do my best, to trust my instincts, not to be afraid of complex patients and to become their advocate. I am also grateful to all the people I have ever given care to, for allowing me to be a part of their lives, for trusting me with their care and for teaching me the thousands of things that you could never learn from a book.

Anastasia Byam
Howard County General Hospital Admitting Counselor

I am most thankful to Kathy Robinson in the admitting department. Kathy will help you whenever you need it. She teaches what you need to succeed in your work. If you have any doubts about anything, call her and she will not hesitate to help. Kathy has pushed me to become a better person, encouraging me to go back to school and fulfill my dreams. I am thankful for Kathy and her big heart.



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