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Weekly Progress Notes February 27, 2019



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 in the Physician’s Lounge this evening (Wednesday, Feb. 27) from 4 – 6 p.m. for the opening reception. Click here to learn more. You can email Michelle at with questions.


U.S. News & World Report Reputation Survey

The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals reputation survey is now open. Your participation in this survey is important, and it is an opportunity for you and your department to be recognized for all that you do. The U.S. News ranking also can impact a patient’s decision on where to go for care and may influence where referring providers send their patients.

Board-certified physicians in the 16 adult ranked specialty areas who claimed their Doximity profile before November 15, 2018, are eligible to take the adult survey. The survey will close in mid-March.

  • Once you are logged in, click on the large U.S. News call-out icon/graphic on the homepage.
  • You can nominate up to five hospitals in your specific adult field that you consider best for patients with serious or difficult conditions irrespective of expense or location. Only one nomination is required. 
  • The order in which you list the hospitals does not affect the ranking.



For additional information on the survey, click here.


JHM Website Highlighting Women in Leadership Features Jacky Schultz

Suburban Hospital President Jacky Schultz is one of 31 leaders featured on a new Johns Hopkins Medicine website highlighting the contributions of women to the institution’s future.

In her profile, Jacky says, “I am so proud of our team here.” She adds, “Leadership requires passion, and without passion being a genuine leader is impossible. Make sure that you fully commit at each role along the way to your aspirations.”

Learn more about the new website in the Dome




Hopkins Event Reporting Online (HERO), is an event reporting system for all Johns Hopkins Medicine providers and other employees. Making a report is quick and easy and every report is read, considered and routed to the appropriate person for further follow-up. These reports will help JHM make system-wide changes to improve patient safety. While providers can report anonymously, you are encouraged to include your contact information in case additional details or insights are needed. Click here to learn more about the system, including how to create a report.


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.



Register for the Diagnostic Excellence and Patient Safety Summits

Registration for the Diagnostic Excellence Summit on March 7 and the Patient Safety Summit on March 8 is 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 Site Visit Reminder

The appraisers from the American Nurses Credentialing Center will be at Suburban Hospital from Monday, Mar. 11 through Wednesday, Mar. 13 for a site visit. This is an important and very exciting step in Suburban’s journey to the prestigious Magnet designation!

Please take time to read Suburban’s Magnet applicationas background. During the site visit, please welcome the appraisers and take time to answer any questions they ask you about the critical role of nursing at our organization.


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



Patient Safety Certificate Program

Learn how to be an effective champion of patient harm prevention by participating in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s next Patient Safety Certificate Program, which takes place March 25–29 in Baltimore. The five-day training is free for Johns Hopkins employees. Registration will close mid-March, unless the course fills up sooner.


Patient Education: Ask Me 3®

Ask Me 3 is an educational program encouraging patients and their family members to ask providers three specific questions to better understand their health condition and what they can do to stay healthy. Suggest to your patient to ask these questions at every visit:


  • What is my main problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why is it important for me to do this?


Encourage patients to tell you if they do not understand something and to ask, “This is new to me—will you explain that to me one more time?” Watch this video about how Ask Me 3 helps improve communication among patients, families and healthcare professionals.



Click here for the February 2019 calendar. The March 2019 calendar is available here.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

February 27: TR Conference—to access click here.

February 28: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 16818 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

March 1: Oncology Grand Rounds—to access click here. Text CME Code 17620 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

March 1: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

The Johns Hopkins Office of Capital Region Research (CAPRES) recently released three open studies. These studies are the CardiAMP Heart Failure TrialParadise-MI, and HEART FID. Click on the links above to learn more about each study.




Suburban’s Emergency Preparedness Committee recently updated the emergency flip charts with new codes and information that are more user-friendly. These oversized flip charts are available in various employee areas throughout the hospital, including nursing stations and breakrooms. Please take a moment to locate your emergency flip charts—they will be an important go-to resource in case of a fire emergency, hazardous material incident or other emergency code.

Read the Safety, Security and Workplace Violence Update from Joe Linstrom about the steps we are taking to make our workplace more secure.



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