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State of Johns Hopkins Medicine: The Year in Review

Paul Rothman speaks on the 2013 State of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

By Paul B. Rothman, M.D.

As 2013 draws to a close, it is astounding to reflect on the tremendous changes we experienced together this year.

The federal budget sequester and government shutdown presented challenges at the same time we were busy adapting to a rapidly changing healthcare environment and the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We also weathered transitions within our own institution, such as the ongoing migration to Epic.

Despite the challenges, it’s been an exciting year of extraordinary achievements.

At Johns Hopkins Medicine, we’ve made remarkable discoveries and medical breakthroughs— from growing a new ear using a patient’s own tissue to performing a double arm transplant on an Iraq vet. We have exceeded our goals for national leadership in patient safety and quality.

Our hospitals are growing, with construction underway at Sibley Memorial Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and expansion plans for next year at Suburban Hospital. We’re also growing abroad with several promising new global collaborations.

This past May, our School of Medicine graduates were the first students to complete four years of the innovative Genes to Society curriculum. And U.S. News & World Report once again ranked The Johns Hopkins Hospital the best in the nation.

Also of great importance this year, we began implementing a five-year strategic plan to ensure our continued success. The Plan guides our business decisions with a focus on six strategic priorities in which we’ll invest our time and resources—people, biomedical discovery, patient- and family-centered care, education, integration and performance.  It calls for unprecedented innovations in how we deliver health care, not only in Baltimore but throughout the world.

All of these achievements would not have been possible without the people who comprise Johns Hopkins Medicine and make it so special. Our staff, faculty, and students work exceptionally hard and demonstrate a commitment to excellence every day.

Together, we will advance our legacy of innovation and excellence in patient care, research and education.

We will lead the change.