Three longtime associate deans have been promoted to senior associate dean positions: Michael Amey, M.A.S., a 40-year Johns Hopkins veteran who began his career as a financial manager for the university in 1975; James Erickson, M.B.A., C.P.A., a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine financial team for 28 years; and Mary Foy, B.B.A., registrar of the school of medicine, who began her 52-year Johns Hopkins career as an assistant registrar.
Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, M.S., has been named the new director of diversity, inclusion and cultural competency for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Domingo-Snyder came to Johns Hopkins from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has more than 14 years’ experience in cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, education, corporate and nonprofit organizations, government, law enforcement and health care.
Victoria Handa, M.D., professor of gynecology and obstetrics, has been named director of the department at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and deputy director of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. An internationally recognized leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Handa is director of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mark Shaver, M.B.A., has been promoted to vice president of business development and strategic alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He works with a wide range of faculty and senior leadership across the institution to lead the exploration, expansion, development and management of business opportunities with corporate and strategic partners.
MERIT (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens), created by Johns Hopkins medical students in 2010 to provide internships and learning opportunities in health care for Baltimore high school students, has received a $1 million grant from the Maryland State Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview provide support for MERIT.
Hospitals’ Quality Award
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital have received the Quest for Quality Award from Morrisey Associates, a designer and provider of health care management software. The award recognizes the hospitals’ success in the rapid implementation of centralized credentialing services and overall commitment to excellence.
The Center for Bariatric Surgery has received national accreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualifications from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery combined their national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into one to achieve a single national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers.
Graduate Education Honors
The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has been ranked the nation’s #1 graduate program in geriatric medical education by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine provides rankings of more than 1,400 of the best colleges and universities and hundreds of best graduate school programs.
Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, and her research team have been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to receive a $12.2 million research grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Cooper, who is nationally recognized for research on eliminating health disparities, will use the award to compare ways for improving blood pressure control in specific populations and to close gaps in health outcomes for these groups.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, has received the Institute of Medicine’s 2015 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in improving mental health. Jamison, a best-selling author and recipient of numerous national and international scientific prizes and literary awards, was cited for her insights into affective disorders and suicide.
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for patient safety and quality, has been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2015.
Sophan “Sophie” Sok-Tyong, clinic coordinator for the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, has received the inaugural Practice Manager of the Year Award from the Organization of Facial Plastic Surgery Assistants, an affiliate of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Sok-Tyong has served as a plastic surgery assistant and administrator for more than 10 years at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.
Judith Ascenzi, D.N.P., R.N., A.P.R.N.-C.N.S., of the pediatric intensive care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the 2015 Preceptor Star Award at the school of nursing’s Shining Star event celebrating Johns Hopkins nursing.
Grace Nayden, R.N., of the coronary care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, received the Rosenwald Star Award for her accomplishments as a critical care nurse. Laurie Rome, R.N., received the Johns Hopkins Nurse Star Award for being a “change agent in pediatric oncology nursing.”
Sharon Kelley, M.N.A., N.E.A.-B.C., has been named director of nursing for ambulatory services at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She will oversee nurse credentialing, planning, organizing and the clinical nursing functions for the service. Over the course of her long career, which began at Baltimore City Hospitals—now Johns Hopkins Bayview—Kelley has served in numerous leadership positions.
Tracey Long, M.S.N.-M.P.H., R.N.-B.C., C.P.H., a psychiatric and public health nurse and a study coordinator for health work environment grants, has been chosen to serve as one of 20 nurses from Maryland universities, colleges and health care agencies in the 2015–2016 Nurse Leadership Consortium program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Nurse Leadership Institute. A statewide initiative funded by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, the program aims to develop nurse leaders who will advance changes in nurse education and practice to improve the health of Marylanders.
Marketing and Communications
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications Department has received a Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter Thoth Award for excellence in crisis communications. The award recognizes the department’s extensive team effort by staff members in public affairs, internal communications, videographers, website management, graphic design and social media to prepare materials to describe Johns Hopkins’ response to the 2014–2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and to address concerns raised by misinformation in the media.
All Children’s Hospital
Melvin Almodóvar, M.D., has been named chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care and director of the 22-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. He previously was medical director of the cardiac ICU in the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Marcos DeLeon, M.I.M., has been named vice president of human resources. He will guide leadership development, employee engagement and other initiatives for the 3,000 employees based at the hospital’s main campus in St. Petersburg and its outpatient locations in eight Florida counties. Prior to coming to All Children’s, DeLeon was chief human resources officer at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri.
Veronica Martin, D.N.P., R.N., has been named vice president and chief nursing officer. A 20-year nursing veteran, Martin previously served as corporate chief nursing officer for Shriners Hospital/Health System.
The Leadership Executive Academic Development (LEAD) curriculum has received a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundation. The hospital’s first national grant, it will help fund LEAD, a two-week program for first- and second-year medical residents focused on patient safety, personalized approaches to care, communication, ethics, cultural competency and the business of medicine.