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March 2010

What's News

Date: March 2, 2010

Blood Drive

Honoring Female Faculty

The Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women was established in 2009 to recognize those who have demonstrated commitment to the recruitment, mentoring and advancement  of women faculty. Janice Clements, vice dean of faculty, will present the award at the second annual Office of Women in Science and Medicine lecture on March 25
at 4 p.m. in the Tilghman Auditorium.

The presentation will precede a tribute to the 150 female faculty promoted to professor in the school of medicine’s history. Speakers will include recent Nobel laureate Carol Greider,

Barbara Migeon, Patti Vining and Kristin Weber. A cocktail reception will follow.

For more information, contact Dietra Moore at 410-955-2467 or

Olympian-esque Blood Drive

The 2009 Blood Drive campaign numbers are in, and according to the American Red Cross, Johns Hopkins Medicine has beaten its own record for blood donations.

Across the institution, volunteers collected 2,334 units of blood—that’s 93 percent of JHM’s 2,500 unit goal and the most collected during the annual drives to date (a total of 2,301 units were donated in 2008, and 1,838 units in 2007).

“This number is a true testament to the generosity of our donors,” says Shereen Jahed, the hospital’s evening administrator, who chairs the Blood Drive committee. “With everyone’s continued efforts, this will be the year we achieve our 2,500 unit goal.”

For a complete list of blood drives across the institution, visit

Bar Codes = Safety

In the name of safety, Johns Hopkins Hospital has begun implementing a barcode specimen-collection verification system that provides health care workers with a wireless, handheld computing device to ensure that they meet safety requirements for specimen collection. Barcode point-of-care (BPOC) specimen-collection verification tracks patient specimens from identification through the collection process. The program is a collaborative effort among the Department of Pathology, the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, Information Technology and Nursing. A spring implementation for phlebotomy, emergency departments and VAT is being planned. This will be followed by staggered implementation on all Sunrise order entry units. Info: Barbara Bryant, nursing project leader, at