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Hopkins Medicine: The Year in Pictures

Date: January 4, 2013

1. The Opening of the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center
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The Opening of the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center

One can almost always find something new and innovative going on at Johns Hopkins Medicine—whether it involves advancing the frontiers of research, education and patient care; expanding our facilities or welcoming additions to the institution. As we begin the new year, here’s a look back at some of the major moments of 2012 at Johns Hopkins Medicine:

1. The Opening of the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center

After years of careful planning and construction, Johns Hopkins officially opened the doors to its new 1.6-million-square-foot clinical building on May 1.

More than 1,000 attendees, including United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and New York City Mayor and Johns Hopkins University alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg, gathered at the football-field sized entrance for the dedication ceremony on April 12.

Designed with patients and families in mind, the new facilities—comprising two 12-story patient towers—span five acres in downtown Baltimore and feature 560 all-private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and expansive adult and pediatric emergency departments. The facilities also feature the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment and the latest technology for surgical and minimally invasive procedures.

2. Edward D. Miller Retires

After 15 years at the helm, Edward D. Miller says farewell. Serving as the first dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1997, Miller presided over the unprecedented growth of the East Baltimore campus, as well as the expansion of the health care delivery system, the establishment of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the development of collaborative research institutes, the increase of professional opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities, and the creation of a new curriculum for medical education. Among the most visible legacies of Miller’s tenure are the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, the centerpiece of the transformation of the campus environment that reflects the institution’s advances in science and medicine, as well as its commitment to delivering patient-centered care.

3. Paul B. Rothman Is Inaugurated As Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine

On July 1, Paul B. Rothman, M.D., joined Johns Hopkins as the 14th Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty, vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, and second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“Johns Hopkins is the best medical center in the world, and the opportunity to help lead that medical center, along with Ron Peterson, is just my dream job,” Rothman said. “I’m thrilled, humbled and honored to have been chosen.”

A rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, Rothman previously served as dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.

4. Half-Match Bone Marrow Transplants Prove Successful in Treating Sickle Cell Patients

Johns Hopkins scientists discovered that partially matched bone marrow transplants that can eliminate sickle cell disease in some patients during a preliminary clinical trial in 2012.

In the study, 17 patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital were offered bone marrow transplant options, including the use of half-matched donor marrow to try to replace their “sickled” blood cells—caused by a flawed genetic code that stiffens blood cells, resulting in decreased blood and oxygen to tissues and organs throughout the body—with new, healthy ones. The transplants successfully eliminated sickle cell disease in 11 of the patients.

5. Hopkins Scientists Draw a Bee-Line Between Behavior and Chemical Markers on Genes

Johns Hopkins epigenetics researcher Andy Feinberg and his team, working with bee experts from Arizona State University, discovered the first evidence that behavior—in bees, anyway—can be linked to chemical tags on genes. When a hive needs more forager bees, chemical tags on certain genes change, causing nurse bees to start foraging; when the hive needs more nurse bees, those tags reverse and foragers become nurses. Feinberg and his team hope these findings can begin to shed light on complex human behaviors, like stress response and mood disorders, all of which involve epigenetic changes similar to those in the study. 

6. Johns Hopkins Breast Centers Open at Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center added new locations at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital to its list of existing Baltimore sites, which include The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Green Spring Station.

At Johns Hopkins Bayview, a multispecialty team of care providers staffs the new center, with a focus on achieving the best possible clinical outcomes while also tending to the emotional needs of patients. Breast imaging services are offered at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview and Green Spring Station, as well as Johns Hopkins Imaging’s White Marsh location. In addition, Hopkins breast cancer surgery specialist Lisa Jacobs now sees patients at Howard County General Hospital, in a move by the Department of Surgery to expand breast surgical oncology services available at Howard County’s only community hospital.

The enhanced breast center gives patients one-stop care and, just as importantly, offers the opportunity for Hopkins to better collaborate with the community physicians. Johns Hopkins also provides breast surgical oncology and radiation oncology services at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

7. Hopkins Medical Students Originate ‘The Patient Promise’

Motivated by a week-long class on nutrition and obesity that is part of the Johns Hopkins Genes to Society curriculum, students Shiv Gaglani and David Gatz came up with the concept behind The Patient Promise, a commitment by health care professionals to lead by example—practicing the same types of healthy habits that they recommend to their patients.

Through their efforts and those of other medical and nursing students, more than 500 students and clinicians at 40 universities and academic medical centers have committed to The Patient Promise to date.

8. All Children’s Hospital Establishes Pediatric Residency Program

All Children’s Hospital received approval by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to establish a new pediatric residency program in July.

The program will feature individual learning plans, early opportunities for research and mentoring and a focus on identifying factors critical to maintaining health and preventing subsequent hospitalizations, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of children in Florida and around the world.

The program provides extensive training in pediatric subspecialty care and offers a solid foundation in general pediatrics. On completion of the program, residents will pursue careers in all areas of pediatrics, from general to subspecialty practice.

9. Ear Grown From Woman’s Own Tissue Replaces One Lost to Cancer

Completing a series of operations spanning 20 months and ending in September, Johns Hopkins physicians were able to reconstruct the entire ear and part of the skull for a cancer patient whose ear, parotid salivary gland, inner left ear canal and areas of her temporal skull had been previously removed due to basal cell carcinoma.

To minimize the risk of rejection from her immune system, specialists took all living tissues used in the operation from the patient’s body—including the growth of a cartilage ear model, which was stored under her forearm skin for months to grow a new covering. The patient’s hearing was then restored by inserting a bone-anchored hearing aid. The series of operations is believed to be one of the most complicated ear reconstructions ever performed at Johns Hopkins.

10. Johns Hopkins Awarded $19.9 Million to Improve Quality and Efficiency of Health Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bestowed a three-year, $19.9-million-dollar grant to the Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivered to the patients of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Through the collaboration of several entities, Johns Hopkins is using the grant to reform health care delivery, provide increased value to its patients and improve the health of the community.

Through these improved care measures, it is estimated that the program could save Medicare and Medicaid $50 million over three years.

11. An Updated Account of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s History

With the opening of the new Johns Hopkins Hospital came a new history of Johns Hopkins Medicine—the first comprehensive account in more than 20 years. Leading the Way: A History of Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a lively, lavishly illustrated account of the exceptional achievements of Hopkins physicians, researchers, teachers, and students since 1889, especially the extraordinary, previously unchronicled expansion and accomplishments of Hopkins Medicine over the past two decades.

Written by Neil A. Grauer, designed by David Dilworth and featuring more than 400 photographs, Leading the Way provides all those interested in the story of Johns Hopkins Medicine—or even just in the advances in medicine itself over the past 20 years—with the riveting story of how Hopkins remains in the forefront of medical education, research and patient care.