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Weekly Progress Notes Feb 19

February 19, 2020


Drs. Davenport, Leonard, Kumkumian and Lieberman Featured in Patient Video

On Friday, Jan 24., leaders from Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Montgomery County and the region celebrated the dedication and ribbon cutting of Suburban’s 300,000-square-foot clinical addition, which is scheduled to open March 2. A video shown during the ceremony featured the story of Rodney Vieira, a Suburban patient who went on to run in the Boston Marathon after having a heart attack at the age of 41. The video included appearances by Nancy Davenport, M.D, Barton Leonard, M.D., Gregory Kumkumian, M.D., and Eric Lieberman, M.D.

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Dr. Foulkes Shares Advice for Parents During Flu Season on NBC4

Dominique Foulkes M.D., medical director of pediatrics at Suburban, was recently featured on NBC4 Washingtondiscussing the warning signs of sepsis that parents should watch for in in children during this during flu season.

Congratulations, Dr. Foulkes!


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Physician and Staff Celebration of Suburban’s North Building

Please join us for a Physician and Staff Celebration of Suburban’s North Building on Friday, Feb. 21. This event will include remarks and refreshments and is an opportunity celebrate everything we have accomplished as a team before the North Building officially opens to the public on Mar. 2.

Please enter using the 2nd floor concourse on the South Building side adjacent to the vending/ATM machines. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and program remarks will begin at 8:00 a.m. The program will be immediately followed by several fun activities and refreshments served in the concourse. As a reminder, please do not bring any food or drink into the North Building.

Download the formal invitation.

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Sign Up for the Medical Staff Leadership Retreat

The 8th Annual JHM Medical Staff Leadership Retreat is scheduled for Friday, May 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club in Bethesda. This year’s theme is The Health of Care: Reclaiming Hospitality, and will take a fresh look at the health of care, drawing on storytelling, examples from other industries and the personal experiences of clinical professionals. Admission is free and complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and administrative leaders are welcome to attend this free event, which will offer six hours of CME credits. Click here to register.

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Register for the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Summit by Feb. 21

The 10th Annual Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s Patient Safety Summittakes place on Friday, Mar. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the East Baltimore campus and will focus on the theme of Building on the Culture of Trust. Register to attend by Feb. 21 to learn about work across the health system on patient safety research, safety culture, and prevention and identification of harm.

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Coming Soon: Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium

The 10th Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. This year’s symposium is titled Beyond Pills: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults and providers are invited to attend to discover new and innovative approaches to alternative medical options available to older adults, gain insight into how alternative techniques work in conjunction with mainstream medicine, and discuss the differences and similarities to the terms functional, integrative and alternative medicine. CME credits will be provided. Click here for more information and to register.

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CyraCom Interpreter App Available on the Company Portal

The CyraCom Interpreter App is now available for download on the company portal. Visit to begin the download process. Click here to view the download and instillation instructions. Please reach out to the Help Desk at 301-896-4357 if you require assistance.

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Upcoming Freedom From Smoking Sessions

Suburban offers FREE tobacco cessation classes throughout Montgomery County, providing unparalleled access to this vital service. The next two sessions begin this month: 

  • Sunday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Apr. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center, 20500 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown, MD 20876
  • Monday, Feb. 24 – Monday, Apr. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital in the 1st floor conference room

Please encourage your patients to visit or call 301-896-2334 to register for this valuable resource. A kind word of encouragement and a referral from you could help someone make the life-saving decision to join a class and learn how to quit smoking for good!


Streptococcus Pneumoniae Antigens Test Discontinued

Quest Diagnostics has informed us they have discontinued their test for Streptococcus pneumoniae antigens on serum due to reagent issues. There is no alternative serum test available at this time. Suburban’s Laboratory is working with software analysts to update the system to have the test deleted from Epic. As an alternative, you may consider ordering the antigen test on urine for Strep pneumoniae, AGSPN that is performed in-house at Suburban’s Laboratory. 


Click here for the February 2020 calendar on


Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Feb. 20: Surgical Grand Rounds “Audit or Research? It’s All in Translation!”—to access click here. Text CME Code 21859 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Feb 21: Medical Grand Rounds "Engineering and Medicine" and “Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in 2020: Transformative Therapy for Aortic Stenosis”—to access click here. Text CME Code 24652 to 443-541-5052 during the live-streaming activity.

Feb. 21: Informatics Grand Rounds “The Tension of Ethics and Feasibility on a Lifelong Learner Record in Health Professions Education”—to access click here.

May 26 – June 10: Summer Institute in Mental Health Research. To register and learn more, click here.


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What Learning Looks Like in the Brain

“Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and many other types of mental illness, are diseases of the brain and should be treated and studied as such,” say Johns Hopkins researchers. Although that statement may make sense, it addresses an outdated system that may hamper research efforts for major mental illnesses.


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