Date: May 30, 2012
By a unanimous vote, the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate passed resolutions on March 27 to honor Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller, M.D., for his 15 years of leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Miller, who was named Hopkins Medicine’s first dean/CEO in January 1997, will retire in June.
Carol Greider, Ph.D., professor and director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, will be appointed by President Barack Obama to the 12-member committee on the National Medal of Science. The committee evaluates nominees for the medal, which is the nation’s highest scientific honor. Greider shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of the enzyme telomerase.
Franklin Adkinson Jr., M.D., pictured, professor of medicine and director of the school of medicine’s postdoctoral training in allergy and immunology, as well as the Bloomberg School’s graduate training program in clinical investigation, and Robert Hamilton, Ph.D., professor of medicine and pathology, have established a $600,000 Adkinson-Hamilton Education Endowment in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The funds for the endowment, which will support postdoctoral training programs, came from surpluses in the physicians’ Dermatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Reference Laboratory.
Hall of Famer
Stephanie Reel, vice provost for Information Technologies for the university, and vice president and CIO of Information Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been elected to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine.
Hugh Calkins, M.D., professor of medicine, cardiology and pediatrics, and director of the arrhythmia service, has been named president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society, the leading professional group representing physicians and researchers who specialize in cardiac arrhythmia in more than 70 countries.
Sewon Kang, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Dermatology, has been elected president of the Photomedicine Society, an international organization of physicians, molecular biologists, physicists and engineers based in the United States.
Hope Marsh, M.A., has been promoted to director of benefits and wellness for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Under the new, integrated human resources model, she will oversee benefits for the entire health system, as well as continue her oversight of Hopkins Bayview’s health and wellness programs.
Peter McDonnell, M.D., professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, was among the recipients of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award given to Ophthalmology Times for editorial excellence.
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, senior vice president for patient safety and quality, and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been named the first recipient of the American Board of Medical Specialities’ new Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award. The award acknowledges those who have contributed significantly to the knowledge or practice of health care quality improvement or patient safety.
Thomas Quinn, M.D., MSc., professor and director of the Center for Global Health, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Notre Dame, from which he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1969, and will give the commencement address to the university’s graduate degree recipients this month.
Pamela Zeitlin, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, director of pulmonary medicine and co-director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, has received the American Thoracic Society’s 2012 Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D. Award, recognizing outstanding women and leaders who have made significant contributions to the thoracic society in pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine.
The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center website has been named by Good Housekeeping magazine as one of the 14 most trusted health sites on the Internet. The site’s “Ask the Expert” section is written by Lillie Shockney, RN.,BS., MAS, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer and administrative director of the center.
Marketing & Communications Kudos
Insidehopkinsmedicine.org., the informative intranet site designed and written by the Department of Marketing and Communications, received an honorable mention for Best Social Intranet in the 2011 Employee Communications Awards competition held by Lawrence Ragan Communications Inc., a publisher of corporate communications, public relations, and leadership development newsletters.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Gayle Adams, longtime director of community relations, has been named one of 50 Heroes for Justice by the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Carl Francioli, vice president of finance, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. He succeeds David Hash, special assistant to the medical center’s president, who retired from the board in January.
Wendy Houseknecht, M.S.N., has been promoted to manager of ambulatory services for the obstetrics and gynecology practice, the children’s medical practice and Care-A-Van, the mobile community outreach health care service.
Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2012 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award, the highest national honor in geriatric psychiatry.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Health and Wellness News has won Healthcare Marketing Reports’ Healthcare Advertising bronze award in the community newsletter category. Healthcare Marketing Reports, the national newspaper, this year received nearly 4,000 entries for its Healthcare Advertising competition, which has been conducted for 29 years.
Howard County General Hospital
Susan Brickley-Case, a senior marketing manager in the Department of Marketing and Communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been appointed director of marketing and communications. Additionally, Sandy Dawson has been named director of health information management.
Sibley Memorial Hospital
Richard “Chip” Davis, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine’s vice president for innovation and patient safety, and executive director of both the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care and Hopkins’ East Baltimore ambulatory services, has been named the new president of Sibley Memorial Hospital. He will begin his duties officially on July 6, succeeding Robert Sloan, Sibley’s president for the past 27 years.
Inpatient care at Suburban has been ranked in the top five among 30 Washington, D.C.-region acute care hospitals in a recent report by the Washington Consumers’ Checkbook, a publication of the Center for the Study of Services. Suburban is the only Maryland hospital within the region covered by the survey to be ranked this high.
The hospital also received a “Secretary’s Pick” award from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for its unique patient tracking and locating system that was developed for use during disaster situations. The system was devised in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine. Voula McDonough, R.N., B.S.N., clinical educator, Emergency/Trauma/Pediatrics; Cindy Notobartolo, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., service line administrator, ED/Trauma, Safety, Security; and Donna Sasenick, B.S.N., M.S., emergency management specialist, were instrumental in developing the system.
Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Rebecca Altman, R.N., M.B.A., formerly director of global services for Middle East accounts, has been named managing director of a recently launched collaboration with the Kuwait Ministry of Health to improve the quality and delivery of health care at four of the country’s five public general hospitals.