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Dome January/February 2014


Date: January 1, 2014

New Law, New Hope for People with HIV
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New Law, New Hope for People with HIV

New Law, New Hope for People with HIV
Work by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine helped pave the way for a new law that reverses the longtime ban on letting HIV-infected people donate their organs for transplantation after death. Signed last month by President Barack Obama, the HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act offers hope to thousands of HIV patients on transplant waiting lists. Efforts to change the law came after Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon Dorry Segev and research assistant Brian Boyarsky, far left in photo below, published a scientific paper in 2011 that estimated that 500 HIV-infected patients would be eligible for life-saving transplants each year if the ban was overturned, and that allowing those transplants would also shorten wait times for non-HIV-infected patients. The researchers offered medical guidance and worked with politicians from both sides of the aisle in Congress, as well as with advocacy groups, such as the HIV Medicine Association, to ensure passage of the bill.

Center of Excellence Designation
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was recently named a center of excellence for joint replacement surgery by the newly established National Employers Centers of Excellence Network. The network covers more than 1.5 million employees and their dependents enrolled in the employee medical plans of Walmart, Lowe’s and McKesson Corporation. Its goal is to provide excellent care while achieving more predictability in medical costs for the employers. Besides Johns Hopkins Bayview, the other hospitals in the program include Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, Calif.; Mercy Hospital Springfield, Springfield, Mo.; and Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Wash. Johns Hopkins Bayview is the only hospital on the East Coast selected to be part of the network.

Welch Medical Library Update
Renovations to the 84-year-old Welch Medical Library, located at 1900 E. Monument St. on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, are underway. The $1.7 million project includes refurbishing the two reading rooms, adding a conference room and making improvements to lighting and electrical access. The library boasts an electronic collection of more than 5,000 journals, 400-plus databases and more than 8,000 e-books. To help build connections across the JHMI campus, a small conference room and spaces for small group study will also be incorporated into the renovation. The History of Medicine collection on the third floor houses a comprehensive collection—print and electronic—of history of medicine materials. Although the second floor will be closed to users, the first floor and lower level and journal stacks will remain open during the makeover. The service desk has moved to the lower level. Watch for signs about entrances, use of rooms and where to find services throughout the building. Construction will continue through spring/summer 2014.