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Weekly Progress Notes January 15



Diane Colgan, M.D. Appointed Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs at Suburban

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Colgan, M.D. to the role of Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs at Suburban Hospital.

Dr. Colgan has had a long career at Suburban Hospital both clinically as an active Plastic Surgeon and in a variety of leadership roles including President of the Medical Staff, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Colgan also served as a member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees for more than ten years and was appointed an Emeritus Trustee in 2019.

Dr. Colgan served in private practice, specializing in aesthetic cosmetic surgery in the Washington Metropolitan area beginning in 1980 following her career in the United States Navy Medical Corps on active duty for 12 years and as a Naval Reservist for 10 years.

Dr. Colgan has been a dedicated, respected and innovative leader here at Suburban Hospital. I am confident that her experience and expertise will position her well for success.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Colgan to her new role.



Kudos to 2400 Team

A patient’s daughter recently shared feedback on a comment card recognizing the 2400 team for their expertise, compassion and care! Here is an excerpt:

“My mom fell and broke her hip and was transported to Suburban by ambulance and had surgery the next day. Besides the ‘miracle’ of having her hip fixed within 24 hours, we’d like to commend the entire Suburban team for their caring and competence. A special thank you to:



North Building Tours for Physicians – New Dates

As a reminder, our executive leadership and medical executive teams are requiring ALL physicians and advanced practice providers to participate in a tour of the North Building. The new dates for the tours are Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Friday, Feb. 14 and you can sign up here. Please note that the tours are broken down into medicine and surgery.

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.



Mihail Zilbermint, M.D. Receives Conference Award

We are pleased to announce that Mihail Zilbermint, M.D., Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Management Service at Suburban Hospital, received second place for his abstract presentation at the 2019 Architecture of High Value Health Care National Conference. Dr. Zilbermint’s presentation was titled “Retrospective Study of Inpatient Diabetes Management Service, Length of Stay and 30-Day Readmission of Rate of Patients with Diabetes at a Community Hospital.”

Congratulations, Dr. Zilbermint!



Seasonal Influenza Measures

At Suburban, the health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors is a key priority. Influenza B has arrived earlier and is more widespread this year, including among the pediatric population. Due to the increased volume and severity of this influenza season, visitation has been restricted for children 12 and under as of Jan 13. in conjunction with all Montgomery County hospitals.

The public should wear personal protective equipment or not visit if they have influenza-like symptoms. Kiosks are available at all the entrances with hand sanitizers, tissues and masks with directions on use for visitors.

Please read the full memo for additional measures you and your department can take to prevent the spread of flu, both personally and among our visitors. Thank you for your vigilance during this influenza season and for the care you give to the community.



Language Services Survey

In alignment with the JHM strategic goals, we are working on a plan to coordinate Language Services across the Johns Hopkins Health System in support of our patients who are hard of hearing, have low vision or do not speak English as a primary language. To help us understand the current state of workforce perceptions of language services and the opportunities ahead, we ask that all providers complete this brief survey by Friday, Jan. 24. It will take less than three minutes of your time.



38th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

The Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration takes place on Friday, Jan. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta is the keynote speaker. She and Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S.,chief diversity officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will have a dialogue about the theme, "More than 50 years later, where do we go from here?"

The event takes place in the Turner Auditorium, Miller Research Building, 720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205, or you can watch the livecast.



JHM Town Hall Meeting at Suburban

Please join us for a JHM Town Meeting at Suburban on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 1:30—2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. These leaders will discuss our progress toward achieving the goals of JHM’s Strategic Plan, Innovation 2023:

  • Paul Rothman, M.D., the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty; vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University; and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Kevin Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Jacky Schultz, M.S.N, R.N., president of Suburban Hospital

Hear about what we are doing to support the well-being of our people and our community, and how we are improving the quality and affordability of health care.



WellWorks Winter 2020 Issue Now Available

The Winter 2020 issue of WellWorks is now available! WellWorks is mailed quarterly to residents in Suburban’s primary service area and highlights special seminars and events as well as community health and wellness classes on nutrition and weight management, diabetes education and much more.

Download the latest issue of WellWorks here. Please contact Eleni Antzoulatos at or x2999 if you would like hard copies to distribute to your patients.



Click here for the January 2020 calendar on You can download a PDF copy here.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Jan. 16: Surgical Grand Rounds "Using Surgical Data Sets to Answer Research Questions: Big Data or Big Deceit?”—to access click here.




Hope for Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Imagine not being able to drive, shower alone or even work because you are never sure when the next seizure will happen or how it will affect you. New research shows that hope may be on the horizon for epilepsy patients who have had limited success with seizure drugs.



Intermittent Fasting: Live ‘Fast,’ Live longer

Intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular health and fitness trends over the past 20 years, with promises of weight loss, increased energy and longer life. But does scientific evidence support these claims? New research shows that it does.



Become a Storyboard Early Adopter

On March 19, the layout of patient charts in Epic will change. Information will be shifted from the current header to a “Storyboard” on the left side of the screen, and activity tabs and navigators will be on the top of the screen. Research has shown that this layout significantly decreases clicks and hand/mouse movement for users and has been well received in usability testing. This change applies to all Epic users — inpatient, outpatient, clinical and administrative.

Early adopters began using Storyboard on Dec. 12, and the Epic team is now welcoming additional participants. If you would like to participate in the early adopter program, please email Andrew Markowski, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P. at

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