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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - New Buildings Bring Advanced Care to All Generations

Spring 2015

New Buildings Bring Advanced Care to All Generations

By: Sara Baker Karen Tong
Date: June 1, 2015


North Pavilion in early morning hours
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The North Pavilion opened for patients at 3 a.m. on March 25, 2015.

Every day, Johns Hopkins strives to deliver safe, quality care. But patient needs extend far beyond clinical care—patients and their families also deserve to feel comfortable, attended to and understood from the moment they walk through the door. The opening of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in February and the North Pavilion in March brings the next generation of care to the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus—treatment and surroundings that are focused on the total comfort of patients and their families.

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Emergency Care in the North Pavilion

The North Pavilion offers a unique approach to emergency care. Patients entering the adult emergency department on the first floor will immediately be examined at a First Look Station before they proceed to the large, open family lounge. The entire emergency department is designed to keep patients moving rather than waiting, and to have each patient seen by an initial provider as soon as possible. After seeing a provider in an intake room, patients can wait for test results in a separate lounge.

Rooms in the new emergency department offer patients more privacy. Rather than ducking behind a thin curtain, doctors or family members can close a door and draw the blinds to allow for complete seclusion. Patients requiring more monitoring or testing before returning home travel one floor up to the observation unit, where they can stay in larger, private rooms and still have access to emergency staff.

The full potential of the new emergency department will be realized in 2016, when renovations to the former emergency space are complete. “The opening of this building is obviously exciting, but the high-water mark is another year from now when we add additional beds and a new emergency psychiatry area and connect the two,” says Robert R. Marshall Jr., clinical administrator of emergency services.

Caring for Our Youngest Patients

Children have their own space in the North Pavilion at the Pediatric Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview—a combined pediatric emergency department and inpatient unit. The large rooms, bright spaces and colorful paintings by local artists make it a comfortable space for young patients and their families for short visits as well as extended stays. The Pediatric Center is staffed 24/7 by a multidisciplinary team specifically trained in the medical, emotional and developmental needs of children. It provides specialized equipment in a range of sizes, and technology and monitoring systems designed specifically for children.

Families entering the North Pavilion for emergency care will immediately be referred to the fourth floor, so they can avoid the hustle and bustle of the adult emergency department. Furniture in the Pediatric Center is scaled down to children’s sizes. Private rooms are stocked with movies, board games and a place for mom or dad to sleep. The child life room offers a separate place for inpatient children to play and break up the monotony of a hospital stay. And a family kitchen area brings some of the comforts of home to the unit.

“We are excited and hopeful about continuing to improve and excel in our care for pediatric patients,” says Salwa Khan, M.D., associate director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program. “Now, our pediatric patient families will have their own space and a child-appropriate waiting area/playroom when they come to receive care at Johns Hopkins Bayview.”

Kimmel Cancer Center Expands in New Facility

The new Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview expands the size of the medical oncology practice and brings radiation oncology to the campus for the first time. Thoracic oncology (lung and esophageal cancers, and mesothelioma) is the main focus of this location.

Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to creating a Center of Excellence for Thoracic Oncology by offering thoracic expertise from many disciplines: radiology; pathology; interventional pulmonology; and surgical, medical and radiation oncology. World-renowned specialists lead the way in using immunotherapy to treat lung cancer. A lung cancer screening program offers screening procedures for people at risk for developing lung cancer.

“We consolidated all of our thoracic cancer services onto the Hopkins Bayview campus to provide better patient-centered care,” explains Julie Brahmer, M.D., director of the Thoracic Oncology Program. “Having all of these disciplines in one location is a great benefit to patients.”

Comfort Meets Technology

The Kimmel Cancer Center brings an improved level of comfort to patients. The new building houses 21 infusion bays overlooking garden space, 20 clinical exam rooms, a CT simulator and a linear accelerator for radiation treatments. Having radiation oncology on campus means that patients can now come to one place for all of their cancer treatments—which equals less stress and travel time. Gay Tunney comes from La Plata, Maryland, to be treated for lung cancer at Johns Hopkins Bayview. “I appreciate the more private space, larger rooms and comfortable chairs in the new center,” she says. “My care team really helps me stay positive. All in all, it makes me feel at home.”

The facilities were built with state-of-the-art technology in a beautiful, easy-to-access setting. Ambient lighting in the reception area, CT simulator and radiation rooms allow the lights to be adjusted to any color on the spectrum, creating a calming environment for patients.

By combining the clinical expertise of Hopkins faculty with the aesthetics of a beautiful building, the Kimmel Cancer Center and its team deliver tranquility in the storms of cancer therapy. “At the end of the day, we ask ourselves a simple question: ‘Will our patients have the experience that we’d want for our own family member?’” says Russell Hales, M.D., thoracic oncology multidisciplinary clinic director and radiation oncologist. “If we can answer yes, then we have built something special for the national community we serve.”

To make an appointment at the Kimmel Cancer Center on the Hopkins Bayview campus, call 410-550-1711. For lung cancer appointments, call 410-955-LUNG (5864).

For more information about lung cancer, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/lungcancerprogram.

To go on a virtual tour of the Kimmel Cancer Center on the Hopkins Bayview campus, watch this video at hopkinsmedicine.org/jhbmc/kimmeltour.