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Weekly Progress Notes March 11

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness: Visit the Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control website for updates.


Workplace Safety

Farewell Reception for Philip Corcoran, M.D.

After 14 years of service to Suburban Hospital, Philip Corcoran, M.D. is moving on to pursue new opportunities. Please join us on Thursday, Mar. 12 from 1-3 p.m. in conference room 4 of the North Building's Marriott Education and Conference Center as we wish Dr. Corcoran farewell and good luck in his future endeavors. Click here to download the invitation.


Outside Communication Boards

Outside Comm Boards

 Equipment and office moves for the Medical (formally 4300 and 4400) and Surgical (formally 2100/2200 and 2400) Care Units were completed on Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7. These units—now known as 3700, 3800, 4700 and 4800—are fully operational!

When visiting these units, you will notice each patient room has an Outside Communication Board displaying key information when occupied, including the following:

  • Registered Nurse and Tech’s names and phone extensions
  • Fluid restriction (mL/day): amount indicated in order
  • Isolation: (i.e. Contact, Droplet, Airborne)
  • Interpretive Needs

Download this handout for more information on the communication boards.


Stairwell Access in the South Building


 As departments continue to move into the North Building, there will be continued renovation in the South Building. As of Mar. 9, the stairwell that goes to the Auditorium in the South Building has been blocked off for a scheduled renovation project.

  • To access the Auditorium, CR7 & CR8 from the 1st floor of the South Building, use the new Elevator B, which can be accessed across from the old Registration Area.
  • To access the Auditorium, CR7 & CR8 from the 2nd floor of the South Building, please use the new Elevator B or the Stairwell located near the new Meditation Room on the Second Level. The stairwell can be accessed from either the 1st or 2nd floor of the South Building.


U.S. News & World Report Reputation Survey

U.S. News

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 Nov. 15, 2019 are eligible to take the adult survey. The survey will close in mid-March.

  • To vote, log in to or open the Doximity app, which can be downloaded at iTunes or Google Play.
  • 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.
  • If you have any problems with voting, email for assistance.

RSVP to the Suburban Medical Staff Annual Meeting

U.S. News

Please join us on Thursday, April 2 from 5-8 p.m. for the 2020 Suburban Hospital Medical Staff Annual Meeting at the Chevy Chase Club in Bethesda. The focus of this year’s meeting is How We Take Care of Our Community and Ourselves and it will feature the following speakers:.

  • Malik M. Adil, M.B.B.S., Medical Director, Stroke Program
  • Ben I. Rubin, M.D., Ophthalmology
  • Sarah Parolski, CRNA, Anesthesiology

Following the presentations, join us for a cocktail reception and presentation of the annual Humanitarian and Patient and Family Advisory Council PFAC) awards. Please RSVP by Mar. 24 to Alethea Johnson at

Register for the Medical Staff Leadership Retreat

U.S. News

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.

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

U.S. News

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. Providers are invited to attend and 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.

2020 Humanitarian Award Nominations Open Through Mar. 13

U.S. News

The annual Humanitarian Award celebrates the efforts of an individual within our hospital whose contributions and commitments to the community and public service exemplify compassion and humanitarianism. The award is designed to acknowledge an individual who is recognized by peers for efforts in service to make our community and the world a better place to live.

Please complete the 2020 Humanitarian Award Nomination and return it to the Medical Staff Office by Friday, Mar. 13. The award(s) will be presented at the Medical Staff Annual Meeting on Apr. 2. All Suburban employees are eligible for nomination.

Johns Hopkins Activity and Mobility Promotion Conference

U.S. News

Johns Hopkins 3rd Annual Hospital Activity and Mobility Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 – Saturday April 25. While evidence supports the benefits of mobility, implementing these interventions requires creating a new collaborative culture. This course will bridge the gap from research to clinical implementation. Click here for more information and to register.

CyraCom Interpreter App Available on the Company Portal

U.S. News

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.


Click here for the March 2020 calendar on



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Mar. 11: Oncology Translational Research Conference “Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide: Revolutionizing the Understanding of Revolutionary Therapy”—to access click here. Text CME Code 22750 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

March 13: Oncology Grand Rounds “Key Changes in the Next Epic Upgrade”—to access click here. Text CME Code 24123 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Mar. 13: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.

Mar 13: Informatics Grand Rounds “An Integrated Decision Support Platform for Improving the Efficiency and Rigor of Pharmacovigilance at the FDA”—to access click here.

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


Workplace Safety

New Tool for an Old Disease

A new imaging tool that incorporates both PET and CT scans can noninvasively and precisely track if anti-tuberculosis drugs can reach tuberculosis bacteria in lung cavities. Learn more about this procedure, which researchers say is a novel way to improve tuberculosis treatment.


Workplace Safety

Testing For Prostate Cancer

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have made significant progress in developing a simple, noninvasive liquid biopsy test that detects prostate cancer using specific metabolic chemicals in urine. Learn how this test would be a significant step toward diagnosis.


Show Your Badge

Workplace Safety

All physicians, staff and volunteers are required to show your badge to Security when entering the hospital through the main lobby. There are NO exceptions—please wear or carry your badge with you at all times while on the hospital campus.

In addition, kiosks and visitor badging are now in place in the North Building lobby. Family members, vendors and others must use the kiosk to check-in and print a visitor badge before proceeding to their destination.

Please review the Family Presence and Visitor Policy (ADMIN071) detailing the requirements for visitor check-in and badging. It is up to all of us, regardless of role, to enforce this policy. If you see someone without a badge, please explain the process and ask him or her to go back to the main lobby to check in at the kiosk.

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping Suburban a safe environment for everyone.



Prepare for the Epic Upgrade with Training and Resources

On Mar. 19, the next Epic upgrade will provide significant enhancements for users, including secure text messaging, a role-specific layout for the patient chart, and new patient data collection and documentation functionality to address health equity and reduce health disparities. Download this handout and access training resources to help prepare for the upgrade.

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