In Brief: May-June 2017

Published in Dome - May/June 2017

The Stars Shone Brighter Than Ever

Dancing with the Hopkins Stars was back for its third year on March 29, with an all-new cast of eight couples representing entities from across Johns Hopkins Medicine. Each couple chose a United Way program or nonprofit organization to fundraise for. The couples’ hard work paid off, as the event raised more than $54,000—a record for this event.

Cindy Delinski, executive assistant in the school of medicine, and thoracic surgeon Stephen Yang took home the mirror-ball trophies for best dance performance and highest fundraising couple. They raised over $15,000 for United Way's Project Homeless Connect.

Also appearing were members of the New Song Academy Dance Department, part of Guardian Baltimore, which helps Baltimore City pre-K to eighth-grade students develop self-esteem through Lindy hop, swing dance and break dancing lessons. A group of 18 students performed “Greased Lightning,” from “Grease,” complete with swing dancing, flips and, of course, auto parts.

Learn more about the event and winners.

New Health Plan Offered As Retirement Benefit

Johns Hopkins Advantage MD Group (PPO) is a Medicare Advantage plan that is now available as a retirement benefit for Medicare-eligible (age 65 and older) retirees of select Johns Hopkins Health System entities, along with their Medicare-eligible spouses and dependents. Created by Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, Advantage MD Group offers an all-in-one Medicare plan, including medical, dental, vision, hearing and prescription drug coverage; enhanced podiatry and acupuncture benefits; and extra advantages such as a free membership in the Silver&Fit fitness program.

This plan is offered to retirees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, the Center for Ambulatory Surgery, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins HealthCare and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.

For benefit and service area information, call 1-800-735-0897 (TTY: 711) or go to

Suggestion Box: How Can We Increase Our Community Involvement?

Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to supporting and investing in the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Your feedback and suggestions are important to helping us become even better neighbors in our communities. We invite you to use a new, anonymous online suggestion box to submit your observations or questions about our community engagement efforts, as well as ideas about ways to increase involvement in our local communities.

Learn more about the suggestion box at

Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting on June 6

Health and wellness will be the focus of the next Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, June 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in Hurd Hall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System, will provide an update on the Strategic Plan and the people strategic priority. The meeting will also feature a panel discussion and interactive poll questions. Watch for an email with details on how you can view the meeting from your desktop or mobile device.

In Brief: March-April 2017

The Johns Hopkins Hospital introduces an updated patient and family handbook; a toolkit for religious and cultural observances; a new e-newsletter about community engagement.

DOM1701039 IN BRIEF patient handbook