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March 2011

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Adil Haider’s quest is to find out why there’s a difference in trauma outcomes for minorities.
UNEQUAL OUTCOMES
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A Hopkins surgeon focuses his research on finding out why certain groups of patients fare more poorly after trauma.
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Adil Haider’s quest is to find out why there’s a difference in trauma outcomes for minorities.

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Cover: Health Care Disparities

  • Trauma surgeon Adil Haider wants to find out if certain groups of seriously injured patients in the United States have poorer outcomes than others .
  • From an early age, Adil Haider knew he wanted to be a trauma surgeon. His decision to focus his research on disparities in trauma outcomes took considerably longer.

Readmissions Reduction Initiative

  • While the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will penalize hospitals financially for Medicare readmissions deemed preventable, Maryland’s cost regulating agency will offer rewards for reducing readmissions.
  • Over the past year, the Johns Hopkins Health System Readmission Task Force—a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, administrators, and other health care team members—has come up with evidence-based measures to improve patiet-centered care by decreasing rehospitalizations.

Promise of Medicine

  • The Promise of Medicine positions Hopkins as the institution where patients can expect the most innovative, collaborative and compassionate care available, and   physicians, researchers, residents, fellows, nurses, employees and students can expect unmatched opportunities for discovery, learning and collaboration.

New Clinical Buildings

  • A new Core Lab slated for the Sheikh Zayed Critical Care Tower, which opens next year, will consolidate diagnostic facilities throughout the existing hospital and using state-of-the-art equipment, make testing and getting results more efficient and keep patients safer.

Research

  • Vice Dean for Research Chi Dang briefed basic scientists on outcomes from a late fall Research Retreat, including some steps Hopkins may take to address the issue of how can we keep blazing new trails if researchers can’t get adequate lab space.

On the Job

  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s new Gateway program provides patient care staff with the opportunity to enhance their careers by taking on-the-job non-credit courses that are required for a number of health care certifications.

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