Relationship with NIH and Johns Hopkins
In 1996, officials at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Suburban Hospital and the National Institutes of Health—located across the street from Suburban—initiated a formal affiliation in an effort to enhance the region's health care services. This unique alliance has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke and heart attack. On June 30, 2009, Suburban Hospital officially became a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Suburban Hospital's Emergency Department and Trauma Center, which collectively sees more than 40,000 patients a year, provides an ideal environment in which the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) can undertake community-based evaluation of the research breakthroughs that come out of their laboratories. This one-of-a-kind opportunity for translational research is made possible by Suburban Hospital's close proximity to the NIH campus.
While the immediate objective is to treat acute stroke patients before the damage is irreversible, the NIH Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital is one element of a multiyear research project to evaluate new strategies for stroke treatment. This round-the-clock access to the most advanced medical protocols means stroke patients in Montgomery County now have a better chance for a complete recovery. And these medical breakthroughs will soon become the standard protocol for treating stroke patients nationwide.
Another exciting program to come out of the NIH/Suburban partnership is the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital, which opened in the spring of 2006. The NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital brings the clinical and scientific excellence of the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine to a community-based cardiac surgery program located in the heart of Bethesda, Md. In addition to state-of-the-art cardiac surgery and angioplasty, the NIH Heart Center will offer patients easy access to advanced cardiovascular therapies, provide training for the next generation of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, and through ground-breaking research, contribute to improvements in the treatment of cardiac disease worldwide.