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November 2010


Date: November 3, 2010


JHH Diversity Praised

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received recognition from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management for its efforts to promote diversity. The institute cited Hopkins for strengthening a diverse workforce. The accolade resulted from the institute’s nationwide survey of progress in hospital diversity initiatives titled “State of Health Care and Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals.”

$3.84 million Grant for Urban Health Residents

The school of medicine has been awarded a five-year, $3.84 million federal grant to support expansion of its Osler Urban Health Residency Track  program, which trains residents about social issues afflicting Baltimore City’s underserved population. The grant, provided under the Affordable Care Act, the new health care reform legislation, will enable the Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program to add four residents per year, ultimately increasing the housestaff roster by 20, says internist and pediatrician Lenny Feldman, M.D., assistant professor and the program’s director.

New Veep

Steven Rum has been promoted to vice president for development and alumni relations at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Hopkins President Ron Daniels says the promotion “recognizes Steve’s considerable expertise and unprecedented success in leading the development and alumni relations efforts for Johns Hopkins Medicine over the past five years.” Rum was named senior associate vice president for development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2005, having previously served as vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at Duke.

East Baltimore

Larry Appel, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, has been named head of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Appel, who has a joint appointment as a professor of epidemiology and international health in the Bloomberg School, is a pioneer in research on hypertension, diabetes, nutritional supplements and obesity. The 25-year-old center is operated jointly by the schools of medicine and public health.

John Bartlett, M.D., professor and former director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is one of only 16 out of nearly 1,200 physicians to receive a Community Choice Award from QuantiaMD, an online, worldwide physician-to-physician learning collaborative. The award is based on rankings that online lecturers receive from the physicians who watch their presentations. One thousand or more members gave Bartlett a five-star ranking for his lectures about issues concerning HIV and clostridium difficile (C. diff), a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.

Mary Beach, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine, has received the Jozien Bensing Research Award from the Netherlands-based European Association of Communication in Health Care. A member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Beach is only the second recipient of the award, which is bestowed once every two years to early-career researchers. Her research focuses on patient-physician communication and relationships. 

Roger Blumenthal, M.D., professor and head of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, has received the 2010 David Levine Research Award from the Division of General Internal Medicine for his cardiology research and reputation as a mentor. His training program on behavioral aspects of cardiovascular disease has been funded by the NIH continuously for more than 30 years and recognized as the best of its kind in the history of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The Levine Award is named for the former chief of General Internal Medicine.

Trish Perl, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine and pathology and director of epidemiology and infection control at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the Mentor Scholar Award from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The group’s top accolade, it honors Perl’s dedication and excellence in mentoring infection prevention trainees.

Linda Regan, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been promoted to direct the Department of Emergency Medicine’s residency program and recruitment. She joined the faculty in 2007 as the program’s associate director.

James Scheulen, chief administrative officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been reappointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to a third, four-year term as the Maryland Hospital Association’s representative on the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. This group advises the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems on emergency services.

Vered Stearns, M.D., associate professor of oncology, has been named codirector of the Cancer Center’s breast cancer program. She is internationally known for her groundbreaking work on the pharmacogenetics, or hereditary response to drugs, of potential breast cancer patients who are given Tamoxifen, a medication that interferes with the activity of estrogen. She also is known for the use of biomarkers to implement new interventions for breast cancer treatment and prevention.

Jon Weingart, M.D., professor of neurological surgery and oncology, is one of 10 recipients of a 2010 Healthnetwork Foundation Service Excellence Award. The award comes with a $10,000 research grant from an anonymous donor, who nominated Weingart for his consistently high standards of patient care and service. The nonprofit, Cleveland-based Healthwork Foundation strives to improve healthcare for all through philanthropy.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, has received a 2010 Productive Lives Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).  Redfield, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius-award” winner and author of the best-selling book, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own near-fatal experiences with manic depression, was honored for her success in overcoming the staggering odds that those living with mental illness face to become highly accomplished, fully contributing professionals. Jamison also is co-author with NARSDAD Scientific Council member Frederick K. Goodwin of the standard medical text on manic depression, chosen by the American Association of Publishers as the most outstanding biomedical sciences book of 1990.

Communications Kudos

Dome has won a Thoth Award—the top prize in its category—from the Washington-area chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), while the Office of Marketing and Communication’s H1NI flu campaign received the second place honor, the Award of Excellence. PRSA’s Washington chapter is the largest in the country, with major corporations and Washington-based global public relations firms participating in its competitions.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

B. Lee Peterlin, D.O., assistant professor of neurology, has been named research director at the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. Her research is focused on the association between migraines and obesity, as well as the relationship of migraines with stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse.

Johns Hopkins Bayview has received honors from Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, which facilitates the donation and recovery of human organs and tissues for transplantation and research, for the success of its organ transplant program. It had a “conversion rate” of between 50 percent and 64 percent in 2009, meaning that more than half of potential donor families consent to donate organs or tissue if the option to do so develops.

Howard County General Hospital

The hospital has earned a silver-level workplace rating from the Healthy Howard Healthy Workplaces Program, which recognizes Howard County employers that are committed to improving employee health and well-being across six main categories: nutrition, physical activity, culture of wellness, mental health, environmental health, and safety. As a 2010 silver award winner, the hospital will be eligible next year for a gold award.

HealthGrades, a leading independent national health care ratings organization, has ranked Howard County General in the top 5 percent of the country’s pulmonary and critical care centers. It also has named it one of the top five hospitals in Maryland for gastrointestinal surgery and overall critical care. The organization additionally gave the hospital awards for excellence in pulmonary and critical care and five-star ratings in cardiac care, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care and critical care. The recognition is based on the results of HealthGrades’ 13th annual nationwide hospital quality study, the largest of its kind. It rates all of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals using 40 million hospitalization records to analyze patient outcomes.

Suburban Hospital

Barbara Jacobs, M.S.N., B.S.N., has been named senior director of nursing operations, a newly created position with oversight for all inpatient units, the emergency room and nursing education. Jacobs had been director of the intensive care unit, in addition to having responsibility for the emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, interventional radiology, medical telemetry floors and respiratory therapy.

Joe Linstrom has been named senior director of diagnostic and support operations, overseeing Radiology Services, Laboratory Services, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, Clinical Engineering, Engineering & Maintenance, Security, and Safety & Transportation. He was previously division director for Diagnostic & Interventional Services.

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