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December 2010

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Date: December 1, 2010

New clinical buildings open forum

The sheer scope of construction of the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center towers is enormous, and the buildings will dramatically change how patient care is delivered at Hopkins.

To learn more about the 1.6-million-square-foot plan and how it may affect you, please be sure to attend the Dec. 8 New Clinical Building Open Forum in Hurd Hall, from noon to 1 p.m. The agenda includes an update on the building progress and a detailed overview of the core lab. Meanwhile, to learn more about the new towers, visit

2011 MLK Commemoration

Shirley Sherrod, the former U.S. Department of Agriculture official who made headlines when she was unfairly dismissed for alleged racial bias, will be the main speaker for the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Friday, Jan. 7.

Cardiac surgeon Levi Watkins, founder of the event, says Sherrod, who was involved in civil rights issues while growing up in Georgia, will speak on the theme, “Strength to Love: A Legacy for the Kings; a Future for America.” Sherrod fell victim to an edited, viral video, in which her remarks from a lecture were taken out of context.

The program, which starts at noon in Turner Auditorium, also recognizes faculty, staff and students who will receive MLK Community Service Awards. Unified Voices, a gospel choir of Hopkins employees and local residents, will perform.

Serving the community

Some 30 Johns Hopkins cardiologists, nurses, technical staff and administrative volunteers have for the first time partnered with Baltimore City Public Schools to screen for early signs of heart disease in as many as 2,000 high-school-bound Baltimore-area students.

Last month, during the annual high school fair at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the team offered free examinations to students, looking for key risk factors of heart disease, such as obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes and a family history of heart disease.

The inaugural risk-screening program is an extension of a Johns Hopkins initiative begun in 2007 that has already screened some 600 top-ranked Maryland high-school athletes, ages 14 to 18, for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart abnormality that can lead to sudden, potentially fatal heart-rhythm disturbances that are often triggered by intense exercise.

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