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Dome April 2014

Briefcase

Date: April 1, 2014


Zoe Solomon, a 12-year old from Grand Cayman Island, stands with her cardiologist Jamie Decker. Solomon had a new pacemaker implanted at All Children's Hospital and will return for follow-up visits.
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Zoe Solomon, a 12-year old from Grand Cayman Island, stands with her cardiologist Jamie Decker. Solomon had a new pacemaker implanted at All Children's Hospital and will return for follow-up visits.

Children’s Goes International

All Children’s Hospital (ACH) is expanding its reach to foster access to pediatric health care and medical education across the globe. Launched in January, the International Program at ACH builds on the hospital’s outreach in certain parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. So far, patients flown to ACH for treatment have included twin babies from Guatemala who needed the services of the neonatal intensive care unit, a teenager from the Cayman Islands who requires regular chemotherapy and another Caribbean teen who had a pacemaker implanted. In addition, ACH has participated in several medical conferences in Latin America. The team leaders are neonatologist Roberto Sosa, who serves as medical director, and Julia Beresford, who serves as director. Info: http://bit.ly/1hD21JK.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Launches PFAC

Patients and their family members can offer the care team valuable insights that often hasten healing. That’s the premise behind the patient and family advisory councils (PFACs) that are taking root across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Launching a council at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center last December, JHM continues its efforts to raise the bar for patient- and family-centered care. Hopkins Bayview’s PFAC draws from community partnerships and patient focus groups. It encourages diverse patient participation and staff representation across departments, says Lisa Filbert, the hospital’s administrator for operations and PFAC meeting leader. The council provides a monthly forum to help shape Hopkins Bayview’s policies, programs, facility design and even daily operations in order to bridge the gap between “the views and advice of patients and their families and organizational decision-making.” For more information, contact Lisa Filbert at lfilber1@jhmi.edu.

Ride to Conquer Cancer

By the time Chris Marrow’s father, Cecil, learned that he had pancreatic cancer, he thought he only had a few months to live. But a research study prolonged his life by two years. Now Marrow, a physical therapist at Sibley Memorial Hospital, hopes to improve the odds for others struggling with cancer. A veteran distance cyclist, Marrow aims to raise funds for personalized cancer treatments at the upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer to benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital. The 150-mile, two-day ride through picturesque landscapes in the National Capital Region takes place Sept. 13 and 14 and includes an overnight camp with catered meals, hot showers and other amenities. Though participants are expected to raise a minimum of $2,500, Marrow has set a goal of $10,000. “For me, 150 miles isn’t that much of a challenge,” says Marrow. The fundraising, he adds, will likely prove more daunting than the physical demands of the race. Yet, he notes, “People really want to help out; the hardest part is asking.” To learn more about joining the Johns Hopkins Medicine team or supporting a fellow rider, visit ridetovictory.org.

Town Meetings Schedule

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the latest developments in people, biomedical discovery, patient- and family-centered care, education, integration and financial performance from leaders across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mark your calendars for upcoming JHM Town Meetings: noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 in the main cafeteria at Sibley Memorial Hospital; 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 in the auditorium at Suburban Hospital; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8 in the Wellness Center at Howard County General Hospital, and noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Hurd Hall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. All Hurd Hall meetings will be videotaped and streamed live via Mediasite to designated auditoriums and conference rooms of member organizations outside the East Baltimore campus.

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