Date: September 3, 2010
A time to extol
Every fall during Employee Appreciation Week, Hopkins Hospital and Health System leaders honor employees who have gone beyond the norm to make the institution a better place. For example, last year’s awardees included Rebecka Carlson, a child-life specialist who went out of her way to help an out-of-town 10-year-old feel comfortable in the days before her surgery. This year’s celebration will take place from Sept. 20 to 24. Festivities begin on Sept. 20 from 1 to 2:30 with the awards ceremony and dessert reception in Turner Concourse. For a complete list of events for the day and night shifts, visit insidehopkins.org.
Altruistic wardrobe boosters
Behind every fundraising effort is a cadre of people willing to sacrifice many hours to ensure its success. Such is the case with the Johns Hopkins Women’s Board’s Best Dressed Sale and Boutique. Now in its 43rd year, the event requires months of planning and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support patient care. Their worthy causes include start-up funds for the Child Life program and making good on a $2 million pledge to the newly constructed Children’s Center. Knowing all this should provide the perfect incentive to go shopping during the fundraiser, which takes place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Carriage House at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles Street.
The free event offers racks of gently used and designer fashions for women, men and children and wedding gowns at bargain prices. For all the details, please go to womensboard.jhmi.edu/bds_buyers.cfm. Updates are available at facebook.com/JohnsHopkinsMedicine
Patient safety cues
Hopkins Hospital has made a concerted effort to promote the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals in the form of monthly and weekly tips. Susan Franklin, director of regulatory services, says the practical tips that her department has been disseminating for the past five years have heightened awareness. These include guidelines on universal protocol and preventing central-line infections. September’s tip of the month reminds staff to be diligent about labeling medications in perioperative and procedural settings. Info: Joint Commission Readiness Toolkit