In Brief: January/February 2016

New command center to improve patient flow; All Children's Hospital breaks ground on a research and education building

Published in Dome - January/February 2016

Command Center to Improve Patient Flow

Since the opening of the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center in May 2012, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has experienced significant growth. To better manage the increasing census and improve the flow of patients in and out of the hospital, Johns Hopkins has partnered with GE Healthcare Camden Group to build a state-of-the-art centralized control center. The new Johns Hopkins Capacity Command Center, or C3, will provide real-time analytics to guide decisions to place the right patient in the right bed at the right time.

The high-tech center is located in the former admissions space across from the Nelson/Harvey lobby and will bring together staff members from departments who have been independently engaged in managing patient flow, including the Hopkins Access Line, bed management, Lifeline, admitting and environmental care services. Twenty-two digital screens will keep the team informed in real time about which hospital units need additional staff members, the status on the number of patients being treated in a department at any given time, the need for and availability of beds across the hospital, the highest-priority admissions and discharges, and other information essential for ensuring high-quality patient care. Learn more about the command center at

A New Building for All Children’s

All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently broke ground on a new research and education building that will focus on finding discoveries and treatments for childhood diseases. Expected to open in 2018, the seven-floor, 225,000-square-foot facility will provide multifunctional space for residents, fellows and medical students to work in team settings. It will also house a new simulation lab, where trainees can practice procedures and patient interactions.

Five floors will be devoted to offices and lab space for research scientists, including academic and research offices for four current All Children’s Hospital institutes dedicated to improving treatments, education, research and outcomes in pediatric cardiology/cardiac surgery, cancer and blood disorders, brain protection sciences, and maternal and neonatal health. The building will also provide a new home for the pediatric biorepository, which stores blood and tissue samples for research and potential targeted therapies. Learn more about the new building at