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Circling the Dome

So Long, Siloes

Beginning in July, Johns Hopkins medicine embarked on a sea change in patient care—the creation of service lines that integrate multidisciplinary services across the Johns Hopkins enterprise in three key areas.

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‘Fiscal Surgeon’ Ronald R. Peterson to Retire

After more than 44 years of service to Johns Hopkins, Ronald R. Peterson has announced plans to retire as president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine at the end of 2017.

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An Epic Savings

Johns Hopkins Medicine is on pace to save over $1.8 million this year by reducing unnecessary blood transfusions, thanks to efforts by the system’s Blood Management Program.

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#3

The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s rank in the national U.S. News and World Report annual Best Hospitals list, released in August.

In addition, 10 specialties at The Johns Hopkins Hospital are now among the top 5 in the nation, and 13 are in the top 10. The hospital ranked #1 in Ear, Nose & Throat and Rheumatology; #2 in Geriatrics and Neurology & Neurosurgery; #3 in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Ophthalmology, and Urology; #5 in Psychiatry; #6 in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and Gynecology; and #11 in Orthopedics and Pulmonology.

In U.S. News’ 2017–18 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, announced in May, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center was ranked #5 in the nation. The Children’s Center has the distinction of being the only children’s hospital integrated with an adult facility to make the honor roll this year and continues to be the highest-ranked pediatric hospital in the state of Maryland.

Taken together, the recent rankings make Johns Hopkins the nation’s top-ranked hospital combined for both adult and pediatric care.

“We go anywhere in the city that people need us. It doesn’t have to be on the east side or near the Hopkins campus.”

Prateek Gajwani, research program manager, who heads a Wilmer Eye Institute team that has screened more than 3,000 people for eye disease over the last three years in some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities. Targeting African-American and Latino residents age 50 and up, the Wilmer-led team checks for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The traveling clinic arranges follow-up care at Wilmer for patients who need it, and helps find insurance and treatment for those who are subsequently diagnosed with eye disease. Patients whose vision testing indicates a need for glasses get fitted on the spot and receive their new pair in the mail within a few weeks—free of charge.