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Weekly Progress Notes March 4





Suburban Lobby

Suburban’s New Main Lobby Now Open

The completion of our campus transformation project has been five years in the making and —with the support of our dedicated and passionate staff and medical providers — is finally here. The new main lobby opened to the public on Monday, March 3. In the next few weeks weeks, we will be relocating staff and equipment to the North Building and activating the new Medical and Surgical Care Units, Cath Labs and ORs.



Watch this virtual tour of Suburban’s North Building.

Check out the detailed scheduled below for what will be opening and when:


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North Building and Cardiac Care on NBC

Throughout the month of March, we will be running a 30-second commercial on NBC4 Washington highlighting Suburban’s North Building and JHM structural heart care. This ad will also run on NBC4 streaming and social media channels.

View the airtime schedule and be sure to catch Suburban Hospital on TV!



Wayfinding Throughout Suburban

New wayfinding is now available in the North and South Buildings to assist the public in finding their way around the hospital. Each elevator includes signage identifying the elevator bank and the floors that can be accessed by using those elevators. As we all get acclimated to these changes, please assist patients and visitors in navigating to their destination.




Dominique Foulkes, M.D. in the News

Dominique Foulkes M.D., medical director of pediatrics at Suburban, recently spoke with Doreen Gentzler at NBC4 (Feb. 10, 2020) and Tom Costello on NBC Nightly News (Feb. 14, 2020) about the prevalence of flu this season, especially among children. Congratulations, Dr. Foulkes!


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 Nov. 15, 2019 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.

If you have any problems with voting, email for assistance.


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RSVP to the Suburban Medical Staff Annual Meeting

Suburban Hospital’s 2020 Medical Staff Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Club (6100 Connecticut Avenue). Please join us in celebrating How We Take Care of Our Community and Ourselves. RSVP by Mar. 24 to Alethea Johnson at 301-896-3339, or SuburbanMSO@jhmi.eduDownload this flyer to learn more.



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.


Corona Wash

Coronavirus Update

There have been a number of recent updates from JHM and Suburban as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. Please review the following resources:


  • All N95 masks in clinical and support areas have been sequestered and there is a new process for obtaining N95 masks. Read the memo from Suburban’s Leadership Team about this process.



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 March 2020 calendar on



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Feb. 27: Surgical Grand Rounds: Gardner W. Smith, M.D., Lectureship “Improving Geriatric Perioperative Care - What Matters Most…”—to access click here. Text CME Code 22749 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Mar. 5: Surgical Grand Rounds: The William F. Rienhoff Jr., M.D. Scholars Program “A Video is Worth a Thousand Operative Notes”—to access click here. Text CME Code 21861 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Mar. 6: Medical Grand Rounds VTE Symposium—to access click here.

Mar 6: Informatics Grand Rounds “Don't For a Second Think You're Irreplaceable: Resources available to compare healthcare facilities and individual providers”—to access click here.

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




Promise for Pediatric Brain Tumors

The combination of an experimental cancer medication and an existing anti-cancer drug may be more effective in decreasing the growth of pediatric low-grade tumors than when using either medication alone. Learn more about this research.



Gun Use and Suicide in Rural Areas

The public has long thought that handguns are more responsible for human deaths, including suicides, while long guns such as rifles and shotguns have been believed to be more commonly used for hunting or protection. But a new study shows that children and teens in rural areas are three times as likely to use a rifle for suicide, suggesting that more safety measures are needed.

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