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Hopkins Medicine Spring/Summer 2013

A Blueprint for Change

Date: June 7, 2013

A Blueprint for Change

In February, leaders from across Johns Hopkins gathered to discuss a serious topic: how to strengthen the nation’s system of primary care when the pool of physicians continues to shrink—and the number of patients continues to grow.

Here at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, faculty members are already exploring ways to address such 21st-century health care challenges. They are also strengthening residency and fellowship training and taking advantage of new opportunities to educate physicians and life scientists by using the latest scientific and technical developments.

Advancing education, training, and research are major goals guiding a new strategic plan for the future of Johns Hopkins Medicine. For more than a year, faculty, staff, administrators, and leaders from across the JHM enterprise have worked together to craft a blueprint for change to ensure that our institution will remain an international model of excellence in research, education, and patient care.

In addition to our pledge to lead the world in the education and training of physicians and biomedical scientists, we are also committed to:

• Attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining the world’s best people. Not only will we mentor and advance staff members at all levels, but we will also create and maintain the kind of diverse, inclusive, and civil culture that nurtures professional development.

• Becoming the exemplar for biomedical research by advancing and integrating discovery, innovation, translation, and dissemination. We will accomplish this by broadly enhancing our research environment and infrastructure, including establishing a “Discovery Fund” to support these efforts.

• Leading the nation in safety, science, teaching, and the provision of patient- and family-centered care. We will become the safest health care organization by transforming how we deliver care across the clinical continuum.

• Becoming the model for an academically based, integrated health care delivery and financing system.

• Creating financial success that is sustainable and implementing ways to continuously improve performance. We will identify new sources of revenue and expand those that exist while ensuring that all remain consistent with our tripartite mission.

These are big goals, ones that you will hear more about as we determine the timetables and action plans for achieving success. 

Meanwhile, we will continue to provide the highest levels of patient care and safety. We will strengthen support for funding basic scientific discovery as well as clinical and implementation research. And we will continue to stretch the boundaries of medicine with state-of-the-art treatments, such as the double arm transplant recently performed here. 

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