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From the Editor
FROM THE EDITOR
As I write this, just over a week has passed since the onslaught of “Winter Storm Jonas,” the monster blizzard in late January that dumped two to three feet of snow over Baltimore/Washington in just 36 hours.
While the record snowfall kept most folks stuck inside, many stranded for days thanks to unplowed streets, it posed no obstacle to thousands of Johns Hopkins doctors, nurses and staffers who kept the health system’s hospitals humming along — seemingly without missing a beat.
At The Johns Hopkins Hospital alone, some 2,147 employees overnighted during the height of the storm — a busy period that, among other things, saw 19 births … including two sets of twins.
Others went to extraordinary lengths to get in to work to cover their shifts: like the emergency department charge nurse who walked a quarter mile uphill at 3 a.m. (following in the footsteps of her husband, who tramped down waist-high snow) so she could reach the highway and a four-wheel-drive truck driven by the husband of a fellow nurse.
And then there were those hearty souls in Johns Hopkins’ home health care groups who headed out to patient homes, shovels in hand, to clear the way for delivery of lifesaving essentials: oxygen and life support equipment, infusions, pharmacy services.
Temperatures today in Baltimore have hit 60 degrees and the great thaw has commenced. But long after the mountains of snow have melted, the stories of quiet heroism exhibited during the Blizzard of 2016 will live on—as one more important chapter in Johns Hopkins lore.