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Weekly Progress Notes February 12



Suburban Hosts North Building Dedication

On January 24, Suburban celebrated the official dedication of our North Building. More than 100 leaders from Montgomery County, the region and state attended this milestone event, including Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District), Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Council members Sidney KatzAndrew Friedson and Will Jawando, as well as members of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Hospital Association.

Watch the dedication event video for insights about what the opening of the North Building and expansion of Suburban means for our patients, community, employees and physicians. Hear remarks from Jacky Schultz, president of Suburban Hospital; Kevin Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Barton Leonard, M.D., director of emergency medicine and chair of Suburban’s medical staff; and Steve Bokat, chair of Suburban’s PFAC.


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Last Chance: North Building Tours for Physicians

As a reminder, tours of the North Building are scheduled through Friday, Feb. 14 and you can sign up here. Please note that the tours are broken down into medicine and surgery. Our executive leadership and medical executive teams are requiring ALL physicians and advanced practice providers to participate in a tour.

Tours are approximately 45-60 minutes in length and you will need to bring your badge to the tour. Your badge will be scanned for proof of attendance and is needed to access all areas of the North building. One hour of CME credit will be provided for completing the tour.

If you would like to set up a tour with your subsection or group at a different date/time, please contact Michelle at or 301-896-3678.



Suburban’s North Building Makes Headlines

The dedication and upcoming opening of Suburban’s North Building earned coverage in key news outlets read by consumers in our community:



Register 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.



2019 Novel Coronavirus Information Update

As the emerging 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) disease has spread beyond the China province of Wuhan and the World Health Organization has declared 2019-nCoV a global public health emergency, Suburban Hospital continues to institute a variety of measures to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and visitors:

General Information

  • There are multiple Corona viruses, which are associated with common respiratory viruses. The 2019-novel Coronavirus is new.
  • The incubation period is 14 days, with symptoms ranging from no symptoms to cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath and, rarely, severe respiratory complications. The percentage of deaths is currently at 2%, which is considered low.
  • Suburban’s Infection Prevention and Emergency Management Departments continue to actively participate and monitor the latest information with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Incident Command Team’s daily calls, CDC updates and Maryland Department of Health bulletins.
  • Travel screening questions have been instituted at the entry points and in the ED, with additional informational signs. Potential patients are carefully tracked. If needed, admission plans have been developed for regular medical as well as those needing intensive care.

Protective Equipment/Processes

  • PPE for patient and family members—surgical masks. There also could be visitor restrictions.
  • PPE for clinical staff—N95, face shields, gown and gloves (2 pairs) and patient placement in negative pressure room. Suburban has ordered a stockpile of extra PPE for staff needs. Validate your N95 mask size (red sticker on back of badge; if none, check with Employee Health) and familiarize donning and doffing of required PPE.
  • Frequent handwashing and standard room disinfection and cleaning.

Additional Information



Sign Up for the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Summit

The 10th Annual Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s Patient Safety Summit takes place 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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Save the Date: Diagnostic Excellence Summit

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s fourth annual Diagnostic Excellence Summit takes place Wednesday, Apr. 29 in the Tilghman Auditorium and Turner Concourse on the East Baltimore campus. The theme for the event is Keeping Diagnosis Human in the Digital Age and registration will open soon.



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.



JHM Data Trust

In 2016, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Data Trust launched an enterprisewide governance system that provided the technical infrastructure, standards, policies and procedures, and organization necessary to assemble patient and health plan member-related data. We are pleased to announce that the JHM Data Trust has integrated with the data governance system at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. In addition to this recent change, the Data Trust has been consistently working to improve many resources to maintain reliable and effective health system data governance. Download this memo to learn more.



Upcoming CME Activities

The Johns Hopkins CloudCME web portal allows providers to register for upcoming courses, review calendars and identify activities that will help improve their knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and clinical outcomes for patients. Visit the site learn more about upcoming opportunities. Click here to subscribe to the CME email list.



Click here for the February 2020 calendar on



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Feb. 12: Oncology Translational Research Conference “MALDI Imaging in Cancer Research: Mapping Drug Metabolism and Biomarker Discovery”—to access click here. Text CME Code 22746 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Feb. 13: Surgical Grand Rounds “Melanoma: Integrating Surgery in an Era of Effective Systemic Therapy”—to access click here.

Feb. 14: Oncology Grand Rounds “A Physician-Scientist’s Journey to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership”—to access click here. Text CME Code 24119 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Feb 14: Medical Grand Rounds “Rheumatologic Immune-Related Adverse Events: Insights into Autoimmune Disease?" and "Acute Lymphoblasic Leukemia: At the Forefront of Cancer Drug Development"—to access click here. Text CME Code 24651 to 443-541-5052 during the live-streaming activity.

Feb. 14: Informatics Grand Rounds “Another recall? Data Science Applications for Medical Devices”—to access click here.




The Impact of Climate Change on Health

Two school of medicine professors warn that global climate change is likely to unlock dangerous new microbes and threaten humans’ ability to regulate body temperature. Learn more about this research.



Genetic Medicine Gets New Recognition

Johns Hopkins was one of the first academic medical centers to recognize the importance of genetics in medicine, establishing divisions of genetics in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics in the late 1950s. In recognition of the rapidly growing importance of genetics in medicine, Johns Hopkins has launched the Department of Genetic Medicine.




Sidewalks and Pedestrian Crossings

Please stay on sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. Since the barricades have been removed from Lincoln Street, employees have been seen frequently walking in the street and across the grass. Until the North Building entrance opens, stay on the sidewalk and crosswalk for your protection!



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