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Relationship with NIH and Johns Hopkins

Aerial view of The National Institutes of Health campus The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. View facing The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Billings Administration Building with its iconic dome The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

In 1996, officials at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Suburban Hospital and the National Institutes of Health—located across the street from Suburban—initiated a formal affiliation in an effort to enhance the region's health care services. This unique alliance has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke and heart attack. On June 30, 2009, Suburban Hospital officially became a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.


Suburban Hospital's Emergency Department and Trauma Center, which collectively sees more than 40,000 patients a year, provides an ideal environment in which the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) can undertake community-based evaluation of the research breakthroughs that come out of their laboratories. This one-of-a-kind opportunity for translational research is made possible by Suburban Hospital's close proximity to the NIH campus.


While the immediate objective is to treat acute stroke patients before the damage is irreversible, the NIH Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital is one element of a multiyear research project to evaluate new strategies for stroke treatment. This round-the-clock access to the most advanced medical protocols means stroke patients in Montgomery County now have a better chance for a complete recovery. And these medical breakthroughs will soon become the standard protocol for treating stroke patients nationwide.