Date: December 2, 2013
Every January, an institution-wide event celebrates the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The 32nd commemoration will take place on Friday, Jan. 10, at noon in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus, and will be simulcast to various locations throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine. The keynote speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Hrabowski grew up in 1960s segregated Birmingham, Ala., and was friends with one of the four girls killed in the 1963 church bombing there. The tragedy inspired him to champion civil rights and to pursue a career as an educator. Retiring cardiac surgeon Levi Watkins, the MLK commemoration’s founder, will emcee the program, themed “Equal Justice and Equal Opportunity: Our Children Deserve No Less.” The high-spirited Unified Voices choir will entertain, and eight recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards will be honored for their volunteerism.
New Sibley Progress
Construction on the new Sibley Hospital began last June, with completion expected in 2016. The building project will provide 200 all-private, spacious rooms; a new emergency department with a dedicated fast-track area; 18 labor and delivery suites; a new medical oncology facility, with a 37-bay infusion center; and new surgical facilities. To track progress, visit webcam.sibley.org.
A new Walgreens, part of the redevelopment north of Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore medical campus, features a pharmacy as well as an in-store Healthcare Clinic. Johns Hopkins faculty will collaborate with the nation’s largest drugstore chain to develop new clinical programs that will benefit the Eager Park community, while providing convenient access to health care services for staff and students.
Along with fresh food, toiletries and health and daily living needs, the Walgreens “Well Experience” store at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and North Washington Street offers flu shots and other immunizations, health testing and patient counseling. The Healthcare Clinic provides assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as care for minor ailments and injuries, physicals and other services. Johns Hopkins faculty members will provide consultation as needed to the nurse practitioners who staff the Healthcare Clinic. Patients, faculty and staff will still be able to get their prescriptions filled at the various Johns Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy locations, including Weinberg, JHOC, Moore Clinic, Monument Street and the Arcade in the Sheikh Zayed Tower.
Last month, Johns Hopkins and Walgreens announced the establishment of the Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care. Intended to develop and test new models of care locally, nationally and globally to improve the health of communities, the center is named after the late Frederick Brancati, longtime director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, who was an internationally recognized expert on epidemiology and the prevention of type 2 diabetes.