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The technologies’ shared purpose is to prevent secondary injury such as neurological damage and to promote lower extremity muscle function, cardiovascular stability and bladder function.

Many Patient and Family Advisors were involved in the planning and execution of Suburban’s new North Building, including providing input on storage space, electrical outlet placement and other fine points that ultimately made the rooms more comfortable.

In planning the North Building, Patient and Family Advisors and Suburban management realized that a Patient and Family Resource Center would be a wonderful resource for Suburban patients and their loved ones. This center could serve as a central location for patients and families to obtain information on wellness, various diseases, nutrition and other resources.

“The PFAC’s dedicated team of volunteers and professionals spent thousands of hours during the last year to make sure the patient and family voice was heard on every aspect of hospital operations. It is only through this partnership that we can ensure Suburban provides the best patient- and family-centered care…”

“Experience the Experience” is an immersive role-play activity for Suburban’s nurses and patient care technicians. This simulation activity provides staff with a better understanding and appreciation of how their communication style and nonverbal behaviors impact our patient’s perception of care—all in a safe, supportive and coaching environment.

Each year, Suburban’s PFAC presents the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Leadership Award to those within the hospital who best exemplify the tenets of patient- and family-centered care. This year, the PFAC chose two recipients: Margaret Fitzwilliam and Kris Hakanson.

The PFACs throughout the Johns Hopkins Health System participate in a consortium to share information on how to best represent the patient and family voice in their respective institutions. Suburban is privileged to have one of its Patient and Family Advisors serving as co-chair of this consortium.

The PFAC is comprised of volunteer Patient and Family Advisors, hospital clinical and administrative staff and executives. Advisors participate in more than 40 Suburban councils, committees and workgroups. This widespread participation provides the patient and family perspective throughout the hospital.

The needs of nonprofits and charities for volunteer assistance have continued unabated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many have increased exponentially.

Larissa and her husband formed a nonprofit in 2020 to help people facing homelessness and fighting substance use disorders, and is one of the recipients of the 2020 Johns Hopkins MLK Community Service Awards.

Eight Johns Hopkins Medicine and University faculty and staff members were selected for volunteer work and recognized with the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

Sandra Panchalingam has been volunteering with nonprofit organizations in Maryland for nearly 20 years and is one of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award recipients.

Ava Roberts inspires young students to pursue careers in STEM subjects, and is one of the 2020 MLK Community Service Award recipients.

Pingdewinde Sam founded the nonprofit organization, Teêbo, to give back to people in his home country of Burkina Faso, and is one of the recipients of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards.

Neuroscience graduate student Thomas Burnett makes science more accessible to the disadvantaged, and is one of the recipients of the 2020 MLK Community Service Awards.

Radiology resident Ryan England volunteers with a global health organization to improve access to medical imaging in developing regions, and was selected as one of the 2020 MLK Community Service Award recipients.

The Sullivan Breast Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital provides minimally invasive treatment for breast cancer.

Allie Benson provides adaptive bikes to children with special needs and is one of the recipients of the 2020 MLK Community Service Awards.

Johns Hopkins investigators awarded $4.8 million by the National Institutes of Health to design predictive models for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

Twin sisters Tatiana and Nadia Egbunine have been involved in community service in Baltimore since age 14, and are recognized as part of the 2020 Johns Hopkins MLK Community Service Awards ceremony.

Panel talks about health equity, COVID-19 response

James Ficke, director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, looks back at 2020 and shares experiences in medical education, research and clinical care.

Corporate Internship Program helps students develop skills, gain confidence.

A decade since its debut, the residency continues to train physicians how best to care for patients in underserved populations.

By bringing the stethoscope to the home, pediatric cardiologist Reid Thompson aims to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and echocardiography for patients with suspected heart murmur.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the director of the Johns Hopkins Osler Medical Residency reports on progress, a new model of unit care and a new grant to support physician scientists.

Beyond the Dome - 01/12/2021

Married Osler alums Michelle Estrella and John Clarke reflect on how their training informs their careers.

Osler Medical Residency leadership is pleased to share the match list for the Osler residents who applied to fellowship programs. We are proud of their accomplishments and are thrilled that many have opted to stay at Johns Hopkins for subspecialty training.

Johns Hopkins gynecology and obstetrics department continues to establish new clinical and research collaborations with health systems in Pennsylvania and New York.

Pediatric otolaryngologist Jonathan Walsh and colleagues recently established boundaries for the definition, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric ankyloglossia, commonly known as tongue-tie. Their work was published in the journal Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the way our nurses stepped up to the unique challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic. You quickly accepted new assignments that took you out of your comfort zones. You learned how to operate testing centers, and how to don and doff personal protective equipment.“

Eighteen Suburban Hospital nurses traveled to Orlando, Florida, in October 2019 to accept Magnet Recognition for the hospital at the annual American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference.

Kathrine “Kat” Carongoy and Regina Morales were members of a workgroup that contributed dozens of design insights and ideas during a two-year review process prior to the opening of Suburban’s 300,000-square-foot North building.

“2020 was the International Year of the Nurse and I can’t think of a better theme to honor each and every one of our incredibly talented and caring nurses for their tireless work and care for our patients. Suburban takes pride in planning and working toward long-term goals to keep our patients, their families and our staff safe.”

“As I’ve spent the last few months getting to know the hospitals and ambulatory sites of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s National Capital Region, I’ve been continually impressed by the tireless commitment to quality, safety and compassionate care…”

From mid-March to mid-June, nurse Kelly Rosenberg stood in Suburban Hospital’s parking garage for hours each workday, swaddled head to toe in personal protective equipment as she gave drive-through COVID-19 tests.

In mid-March, when Suburban Hospital began treating its first known patients with COVID-19, Jean Chornock faced a new challenge. Working with JHHS, the Supply Chain director at Suburban Hospital had to make sure nurses had the masks and gowns needed to stay safe.

Suburban Hospital's Nursing Professional Development Council, in partnership with the Community Health and Wellness Department, collaborated with other Montgomery County hospitals to pay it forward by assembling 500 COVID-19 preventative care kits for underserved communities.

Many suburban staff were recognized for their efforts in working on the front lines and behind the scenes during the height of the pandemic. Read about a few of the many Health Care Heroes at Suburban.

Suburban’s Resiliency Center opened in early April, less than one month after staff treated the first COVID-19 patient. Susan Webb, Director of Behavioral Health at Suburban, and her team re-imagined the Day Treatment Lounge as a calming space where staff could refresh, de-stress and recharge.

Orange insulin syringe covers. Little blue clips that connect intravenous tubes. Green and yellow caps of medicine vials. These items have become the building blocks of mosaics serving as uplifting reminders that tiny acts of care add up to something hugely important.

“After 15 years of outstanding service, Jacky Schultz retired as president of Suburban. It is with mixed emotions that I bid Jacky farewell. While I am excited for her to start a new chapter in her life with family and friends, her presence within Suburban will be missed.“

In the Spotlight - 01/01/2021

Suburban’s nurses continue to be recognized and sought after as experts in how to provide the highest quality care for patients and their families.

Each year, the Suburban Hospital Foundation provides more than $300,000 in funding support for critical nursing programs. This generous philanthropy enables Suburban Hospital to support a wide range of nursing initiatives that result in improved practices and better patient care.

Clinicians from Johns Hopkins’ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department are widely sought for international consulting collaborations — most recently by a health system in Saudi Arabia.

Rehab physician April Pruski and colleagues publish lessons learned in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. For patients receiving care for COVID-19 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, rehabilitation often begins before they leave the intensive care unit.

As one of the most comprehensive programs for swallowing disorders in the mid-Atlantic, laryngologist Shumon Dhar and his colleagues offer an array of diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Johns Hopkins physicians are developing a tool for more sensitive and specific diagnosis.

Using a thermoplastic polymer and the patient’s rib cartilage and vascularized fascia, Johns Hopkins facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene and team successfully replaced the patient’s trachea.

Naomi and Attila Kelman give regularly to the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and have included the department in their estate plans.

Eight-chapter online birth class helps moms and their support systems feel better prepared.

Eligible faculty and staff who’ve chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19 began receiving doses last week. The first vaccinations were administered Dec. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A multicenter collaborative care bundle aims to standardize treatment to keep children out of the hospital due to recurring complications of this kidney disease.

In New Memoir, Actor Michael J. Fox Tells How Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Team Removed Large Spinal Tumor to Avert Paralysis

Chair’s Message - 12/18/2020

Alumni Receptions - 12/18/2020

A Matter of Pride - 12/18/2020

As leader of the diversity initiative in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Julius Oni participates in faculty recruitment and works to increase minority representation in orthopaedics.

Study shows that sending daily text messages could help identify early signs of relapse.

Findings of small study of adults with major depression suggest psilocybin may prove effective in larger population of patients with intractable depression.

Johns Hopkins researchers recently conducted the most thorough evaluation to date of the prevalence and clinical significance of caffeine use disorder, as well as the correlates of meeting proposed criteria for the condition.

What it took to contain the spread of disease while supporting patients emotionally.

As a writer and editor for the Johns Hopkins Health System, I am confident that we will be safe. However, I am uncertain about what lies ahead.

COVID-19 vaccines have officially arrived at health care centers and nursing homes all over the country. As the vaccines become widely available, learn more about the science behind them.

DELTA grants of up to $75,000 each were given to six teams of Johns Hopkins University faculty members, staff members and students to help unleash the potential of digital technology.

Systems engineer, pilot and astronaut were among Lori Vanscoy’s career choices as she entered the United States Naval Academy, although she figured her less than 20-20 vision would disqualify her for deep space travel. Nonetheless, she did travel quite a bit after her senior engineering design project — a vision aide for quadriplegics — cultivating a strong interest in medicine.

Nonprofit assists other organizations so they can elevate the scale of their projects.

“I went into it feeling strong and confident that we would get through it soon,” says Christelle Asu, who has been caring for patients with COVID-19 since March.

Errol Bush and his colleagues are developing a “lung-in-box” program to strengthen donor lungs before transplantation.Their goal is to ensure high quality of life for recipients.

Lung transplant nurse now works at the hospital that saved her life.

Oleksandr’s Story - 12/03/2020

The new director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry practices integration of medical services and public health to improve mental health outcomes.

The CARES Act has incentives for charitable giving in 2020.

Pledge of $250,000 will help establish a database that allows clinicians to collaborate on research and optimize patient care.

The school of medicine welcomes and supports students with disabilities, chronic illnesses and mental health disorders.

The Stepping Stones program will continue to help people recovering from transplant surgery, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Philanthropy is helping to support studies on organ transplant recipients and the medications they take to investigate possible treatments for and protection from COVID-19.

From the Director - 11/24/2020

Robert Higgins shares on the loss of several historic leaders and finds inspiration to move forward.

Support from the endowed professorship will significantly advance the thoracic surgeon’s research pursuits.

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