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Work Area Improvements Benefit Patients

Sheikh Zayed Tower provides the Johns Hopkins staff with many amenities and benefits that they previously did not have. The positive effect this has on staff morale is carried over to patient and family care. Improvements include:

  • Increased co-location and collaboration between cardiac and vascular staff ensures better care to all patients.
  • Functioning under the “clean core” concept, the operating rooms are connected with a staff-only, semi-sterile environment, and supplies are stored in a separate environment.
  • Larger staff work spaces, with separate conference rooms, break rooms, and on-call rooms.
  • Computer workstations are located between patient rooms, allowing staff to be closer and more available to patients.
  • Better flow patterns for the Heart Attack Team (HAT), including dedicated elevators from the Emergency Department. This decreases the critical door-to-balloon time for heart attack patients.
  • A dedicated team of Cardiac Surgery physicians is assigned to the Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CVSICU), developing relationships with surgeons and providing extraordinary care to patients. The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute is one of only a few places that operates under this unique ICU model.
  • Increased access to patients for research opportunities and increased collaboration on research ideas due to combined cardiac and vascular units.
  • Research fellows have better training with access to more patients in fully-accredited laboratories
  • Research is located within the same building, continuing the “bench-to-bedside” care that makes Johns Hopkins one of the leading hospitals in the world.

Dr. Hugh Calkins, Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory, sums up the move to Sheikh Zayed Tower, “We are now getting the facilities that match the high quality of the staff.”