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Weekly Progress Notes April 10


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Kudos to Adetunji “Junior” Williams, M.D.

A patient’s family members sent this letter to Jacky Schultz about the care their mother received at Suburban:

“I am writing to express our profound gratitude for the services of Dr. Adetunji Williams in Suburban Hospital’s emergency department. Our mother was brought to Suburban in the middle of the night with life-threatening issues. When she arrived at the emergency department, Dr. Williams calmly told me that he was going to be aggressive in addressing our mother’s life-threatening problems.

Dr. Williams remained thoughtful, calm and reassuring during the entire process. Additionally, Dr. Williams kept us abreast regarding all pertinent laboratory values and vital signs. Dr. Williams’ knowledge, professionalism and compassion saved our mother’s life on that night and we are forever grateful.”

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Suburban Hospital Medical Staff Annual Meeting

Save the date for the 2019 Suburban Hospital Medical Staff Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting is Taking Care of Ourselves and our Community and it will be held tomorrow (Apr. 11) from 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club (6100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Maryland). You can email Michelle at with questions. Click here for more information.

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Seventh Annual Johns Hopkins Medical Staff Leadership Retreat

Join us on May 3, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club in Bethesda for the seventh annual Johns Hopkins Medical Staff Leadership Retreat, Emotional Intelligence and Temperament Theory: Real Skills for Effective Leadership at Work and Beyond. The workshop will be led by Joslyn Vaught, a senior advisor in leadership and organizational development at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. The format is entirely interactive and will help you identify and understand your own personality type and how to best use your EQ to communicate effectively and work with colleagues, patients and other people encountered in your professional and personal life. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and administrative leaders are welcome to attend this free event and networking opportunity. Six hours of CME credits will be provided. Click here to register. Download this flyer to learn more.


Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium for Clinicians and Caregivers


The ninth annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium will be held on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Woodmont Country Club (1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland). The symposium is titled Are We Prepared? Four Chronic Diseases Transforming Aging and Health Care: Cancer, Diabetes, Dementia and Heart Disease in an older population.

The symposium will bring together leading physicians and public health experts for an inclusive and dynamic discussion on the complexity and challenges of treating and caring for an aging population in a total cost of care environment. Download this brochure for more information.


Scheduled Power Outages

Power Outages

As part Suburban’s Campus Transformation project, we will be transferring the emergency backup power source from the temporary generators in front of the hospital to the new Plant Operations generators in the basement. This complex process will take approximately six days, with the potential for delays due to inclement weather. Incident Command will be active during each of the transfers, which will occur during the evening and night shifts. There are no anticipated closures to EMS and Suburban will go on diversion only if unexpected outages impact ED operations. The dates and times of the upcoming outages are as follows:

  • Friday, Apr. 12, 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.
  • Friday, Apr. 26, 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Apr. 30, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Friday, May 3, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Please contact Incident Command at 301-896-2861 with any questions during these power outages.


Pharmacy and Therapeutics Medication Error Reduction Committee Meeting Minutes

Click here to download the minutes from the Feb. 12, 2019 Pharmacy and Therapeutics Medication Error Reduction Committee meeting.



Click here for the April 2019 calendar.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

April 11: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 16824 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

April 12: Oncology Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 17623 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event. Download this handout for additional instructions, as the sign in process has changed.

April 12: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.



New GoPro for Studying Brain Disease

Research Corner

Measuring less than 5 cubic centimeters, a newly developed portable microscope acts like a GoPro by sitting atop the heads of mice and gathering real-time brain images as the animals move around. Read more about this device and how it could help scientists better image the effects of cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.


Call for Abstracts: High Value Health Care Conference 

Share your high-value work that improved quality and safety while reducing the cost of patient care at the Architecture for High Value Health Care Conference, an annual event sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Abstract submissions are due Apr. 30, 2019. Click here to learn more.



ARIC Surveillance Study

Visit the Physician’s Portal to watch Dr. Virginia Colliver, M.D., office medical director, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Heart Care, Bethesda, discuss the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Surveillance Study and the study's suggested trends of heart health in women.



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