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Dome December 2014

Major Makeover Milestones

Date: December 5, 2014

ron peterson

Ronald R. Peterson
President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Executive Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Every great institution succeeds by innovation, and over the past two months, we have witnessed three milestones in our ongoing 15-year redevelopment of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. These exciting achievements are advancing our strategic goal to provide more patient- and family-centered care, and are significantly enhancing our outward appearance, too.

In October, we reopened the totally renovated Nelson/Harvey Building, which has been transformed into 136 all-private rooms for the Department of Medicine. All-private rooms are not only what the public wants in its hospitals today, but also serve as an important tool in infection control. A week after Nelson/Harvey’s rededication, we reopened the significantly upgraded Wolfe Street entrance to the hospital. Last month, we began a similar total renovation of the Meyer Building, which should be complete in mid-2016.

These are landmark developments in the mammoth revitalization of our East Baltimore campus. We launched this undertaking around 2000, when planning began in earnest for the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. It is now reaching its culmination.

The two-year, $100 million renovation of Nelson/Harvey, which originally opened in 1977, is a wonderful example of repurposing aging structures in a way that enables us to attain modernization that is nearly on par with the new patient towers we opened in 2012.

We are moving closer to our goal of having almost 100 percent private patient rooms at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The exterior renovation of Nelson/Harvey—required because of water penetration problems in the old facade—gives us a building with architecture that relates beautifully to the new towers.

Indeed, the entire project was far more than just a face-lift; it was a complete physical overhaul. There are major upgrades to the building’s internal systems, including its electronic technology and each room’s amenities. Just as in the new patient towers, the rooms in Nelson/Harvey now enable a family member to spend the night with a patient.

I actually knew, albeit casually, both Russell Nelson, a 1937 graduate of the school of medicine who served from 1952 to 1972 as hospital president, and A. McGehee Harvey, a 1934 graduate of Johns Hopkins’ medical school who was the longest-serving director of the Department of Medicine, heading it from 1946 to 1973. I’m confident that they would be immensely pleased by the rebirth of their namesake structures, which now gives us a building that will last another 30 or 40 years.

Additionally, wholesale repurposing is underway in the 1964 Children’s Medical and Surgical Center Building (CMSC). Because its clinical role is concentrated now in the Bloomberg Children’s Center, we’re upgrading CMSC’s infrastructure and will proceed, floor by floor, to find new uses for its space. These will include faculty offices and the Simulation Center, which will move from the Outpatient Center to free up space to treat more patients.

Expansions and renovations are also in progress at other Johns Hopkins Medicine members— Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital—and will improve our technological capabilities and the care and comfort of patients across the health system.

We want patients to have first-class care, and that starts the moment they step on our campuses. A lot of thought and planning is going into these projects, and it shows.

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