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Weekly Progress Notes February 20, 2019


Dragon Dictation and Transcription System Training

A representative from Dragon Medical One will be in the Physician’s Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Email Michelle at to set up a time to have all of your questions about this note dictation and transcription system answered, including how to get started and how to use Dragon to improve your productivity.


Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting

The next Johns Hopkins Medicine Town Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from noon – 1 p.m. in Hurd Hall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For this meeting, Paul B. Rothman, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will lead a discussion on one of our of our key strategic goals: to push the boundaries of science and education. The meeting will explain what we’re doing to stay on the cutting edge of research, and how we’re working to help faculty members, students and employees get the tools they need to develop their careers the way they want.

Please come and share your ideas. If you cannot attend in person, click here to learn how to log-on from your computer or mobile device.



Nancy Miller Retirement Party 

After 21 years of dedicated service in various Director roles, in an executive position and most recently as Medical Director of the Medical Staff Office, Nancy Miller is retiring. She and her husband are embarking on an adventure on their new boat, Lasata, and planning a two year cruise around America’s Great Loop. A retirement party for Nancy will be held in the Physician’s Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. Please stop by to wish her “Fair Winds and Following Seas.” 


Third Annual Medical Staff Art Exhibit

Medical staff artwork will be on display in the Physician’s Lounge from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. Paintings, sculptures, models, photos, glass work, poems, writings and other works of art will be featured. Please join us for the opening reception in the Physician’s Lounge on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 – 6 p.m. Click here to learn more. You can email Michelle at with questions.


Free CMEs on Opioids

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education strives to provide up-to-date clinical and research information in appropriate educational formats to help physicians improve their knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and clinical outcomes for patients.

Click here for educational content that relates to prescribing opioids. Additional educational resources on opioids are available from CDC and The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics.


Introducing a New Website for Physicians

Suburban and Sibley Memorial Hospitals have launched a new website just for physicians.

The goal of the Physician Portal is to make it easier for you to connect with us. The website is your resource to learn from and connect with other physicians at Suburban and Sibley Memorial Hospitals, to share insight on the latest clinical innovations and advances in patient care, and to find out about events and download frequently used forms.  



Registration for Diagnostic Excellence and Patient Safety Summits Now Open

Registration for the Diagnostic Excellence Summit on March 7 and the Patient Safety Summit on March 8 is now open and filling up quickly. These back-to-back summits are hosted by the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality on the East Baltimore campus.

The Third Annual Armstrong Institute Diagnostic Excellence Summit will focus on the major public health and health care quality concerns related to improving diagnosis in health care. The theme of this year’s summit is "Improving Diagnostic Performance Through Innovative Educational Strategies." Click here to register.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit will feature hundreds of health care professionals from across the organization coming together to learn about their colleagues’ work in patient safety, research, safety culture and prevention and identification of harm. The theme of the 2019 summit is "Commitment to Resilience." To register, click here.


Magnet Designation Update

Our Magnet documents have been approved and Suburban has officially been accepted for a site visit by the American Nurses Credentialing Center! 

The site visit will take place on March 11, 12 and 13 (Monday through Wednesday). The purpose of the site visit is to verify and amplify the great work outlined in the document. Please take time to read the document, available on the SHIP homepage. Additional information will be provided in the near future about kick-off activities and what to expect as we prepare for this final stage of the designation process.

Magnet designation is truly a reflection of an organization-wide commitment to the highest quality patient and family-centered care and all that it entails.


Ninth Annual 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 in Rockville, Maryland. CEU and CME credits and contact hours will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, and nursing home and assisted living administrators in attendance.

The symposium is titled "Are We Prepared? Four Chronic Diseases Transforming Aging and Health Care: Cancer, Diabetes, Dementia and Heart Disease, commonalities and unique complexities of treating these diseases in an older population." The keynote speaker is Scott Berkowitz, MD, MBA, FACC, FAHA, Senior Medical Director for Accountable Care at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients, LLC.

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. Experts will review research surrounding the commonality in the four diseases, how to cost-effectively treat them in an ever growing aging population and how to assess value and quality metrics. Panelists will also provide information on the quality of care needed to treat these illnesses, the burden it places on our healthcare system and what this means for us as people live longer. For more information, call 301-770-8329 or email



Tips on Infection Prevention from The Joint Commission

Viruses can strike at any time, but are most prevalent in fall and winter months. Use these tips from The Joint Commission to help prevent the risk and spread of infection.

  • Clean your hands before entering and exiting a patient’s room using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or the crook of your elbow and clean your hands as soon as possible. Keep a distance of about 5 feet between you and others.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are current to help prevent diseases like the flu, whooping cough and pneumonia.



Click here for the February 2019 calendar.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

February 21: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 16817 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

February 22: Oncology Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 17616 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

February 22: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.



Johns Hopkins Office of Capital Region Research

The Johns Hopkins Office of Capital Region Research (CAPRES) was created in 2012 to provide research management and support infrastructure to Suburban, Howard County General and Sibley Memorial Hospitals, as well Johns Hopkins Community and Regional Physicians. Download this PowerPoint presentation to learn more.



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