June 2, 2008
EIGHT YEARS AFTER THE GROUNDBREAKING SERIES "HOPKINS 24/7," ABC NEWS IS BACK WITH"HOPKINS," A FRESH AND GRIPPING LOOK INSIDE ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP HOSPITALS
Six-Part Series Premieres Thursday June 26 at 10 PM
Nearly eight years after the critically acclaimed series, "Hopkins 24/7," ABC News returns to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital for a new six-part documentary program called "Hopkins," which goes even deeper into the world of caregivers than its forerunner. "Hopkins" offers a rare look at the impact this demanding high pressure profession can have on doctors' personal lives. For four months, ABC News' high definition cameras had unparalleled access to this legendary hospital. Over one hundred caregivers and patients gave their consent to be filmed. "Hopkins" captures astounding scenes of medical crisis with young doctors forced to make life and death decisions on the fly. The result is a stunningly intimate portrait of the men and women who call this hospital home. "Hopkins" premieres Thursday, June 26, 2008 (10:00-11:00p.m., ET) and will continue to air for five subsequent Thursday nights through July on the ABC Television Network.
Culled from nearly fifteen hundred hours of footage, "Hopkins" contains scenes that are remarkably raw and private. Viewers will watch as doctors pose the wrenching question to the family of a nearly drowned little girl whether to disconnect life support because her brain function is minimal. They will experience the tension when a young surgical resident punctures a woman's lung during a routine procedure, and viewers will learn about the unlikely journey of an illegal migrant worker picking tomatoes in California who rises to become one of the nation's top brain surgeons.
"Hopkins" also examines the interplay between the public and private worlds of the men and women who wear the white coats. A young cardiac surgeon and his wife allowed ABC News' cameras to witness some of their most difficult and sensitive moments as they confront a crisis in their marriage. There are no narrators in "Hopkins," the voices belong to the patients and doctors. Interwoven storylines unfold in scenes of cinema verite sequences.
Since "Hopkins 24/7" aired in 2000, there has been a revolution within the culture of the hospital. During the first series, the chief of surgery told ABC that women didn't have "the stamina" for his field.Today women at Hopkins have breeched the walls of medicine's most macho preserve. The chief of surgery is female, and roughly 20% of incoming surgical residents are female. And even though residents' workloads have dropped by a third since ABC News' last visit, in this "Hopkins" young doctors are still struggling to balance quality of life issues. Additionally, while America's preeminence in medicine partly depends on a handful of academic medical centers like Hopkins,the future is far from secure for these great hospitals, which face budget cuts that jeopardize their mission of training, research and innovation."Hopkins" is a revealing look at life inside the walls.
Terence Wrong is producer and executive producer. Brad Hebert and Alex Piper are supervising producers. Rudy Bednar is senior executive producer.
ABC News Media Relations:
Paige Capossela Green (212) 456-7243