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Weekly Progress Notes May 22


2019 Clinical Awards Nominations Due Friday

The Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 24. Please contact Heather Keating at to submit nominations for Suburban. Click here to learn more.

Winners will be selected this summer and recognized at the annual meeting of the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Click here to watch the video for a special message from Eric Dobkin, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Suburban, about the awards.


Top Safety Grade

Suburban Received Top Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization working to drive improvements in health care quality and safety, has awarded Suburban Hospital an “A” in the spring 2019 round of hospital safety grades! Twice a year, The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades to more than 2,600 general acute care hospitals in the United States based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Thank you to the Sepsis/TREWS, HAI and multi-disciplinary committees for their leadership in establishing best practices to reduce healthcare-associated infections throughout the hospital. The top grade awarded to Suburban is an acknowledgement and validation of the ongoing efforts by all of our staff to provide the best in quality health care and patient safety.


Nursing Excellence

Suburban Achieves Magnet Designation

We are thrilled to share the news that Suburban Hospital is now a Magnet designated hospital—with three exemplars! Thanks to our nurses’ commitment to excellence, we’re one of only 8% of hospitals nationwide to receive this prestigious recognition. We are also Montgomery County’s first and only hospital to earn Magnet designation.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program honors medical facilities with the highest standards of professional nursing practice and innovation. It was standing-room only in the auditorium as employees, medical staff, PFAC members, leaders from JHM and more gathered to hear the fantastic news on Thursday, May 16. You can watch a Facebook Live video of the announcement and read the press release about the designation and what it means for Suburban and the community.

LeighAnn Sidone, vice president and chief nursing officer at Suburban, said: “Our nurses are highly skilled, deeply compassionate and strongly committed to all their patients. They are also among the forefront of Suburban leaders in improving patient care and safety. Achievement of the highly coveted Magnet designation proves what we at Suburban Hospital have always known—our nurses are among the best in the nation.”


Medical Executive Committee

Medical Executive Committee Tours Clinical Addition

The Medical Executive Committee held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 15. As part of the meeting, the committee toured the new clinical addition. Pictured from left to right in the photo are Dany Westerband, M.D, Diane Colgan, M.D, Steve Kariya, M.D, Dominique Foulkes, M.D., Heather Keating, Director Medical Staff Services, Eric Dobkin, M.D, VP of Medical Affairs, Eileen Pummer, Senior Director of Quality, Barton Leonard, M.D, Chair of Medical Staff, Joe Linstrom, Senior VP of Operations, Doug Forman, M.D, Chair-Elect, Margaret Fitzwilliam, Ed Bieber, M.D, Jacky Schultz, President, Eric Park, M.D, Ed Healy, M.D, and Leighann Sidone, Director of Nursing. Click here to see additional photos.


Graduation Congratulations

Congratulations to Matthew and Danielle Menkart, twin siblings of Pamela Wright, M.D., who will be graduating from Winston Churchill High School in June. Matthew will be attending Emory University and will major in pre-medicine. Danielle will be attending Wake Forest University as a Neuroscience major. Good luck Matthew and Danielle!

If you have children or grandchildren who are graduating from high school or college and would like to share the good news and their future plans with your physician colleagues in Progress Notes, Contact Michelle Christ at


Building Excitement

Construction Notice

On Thursday May 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., the traffic flow on campus will be modified to accommodate staging for the removal of the temporary generators located near the emergency entrance. The access driveway from Old Georgetown Road will be limited to one lane in and one lane out. Flagmen will be onsite directing traffic. Please follow directions provided by the flagmen for everyone’s safety.


Emergency Management Procedures

Emergency Preparedness Drill

Suburban will participate in a Regional Code Yellow Mass Casualty Disaster Exercise on Thursday, May 23 from 9 a.m. –1 p.m. As a trauma center, Suburban could receive a large influx of patients at any time. It is important for all staff to know their role in a disaster. Code Yellow is the announcement that will go overhead for weather-related events. Please review the Emergency Management Procedures flip chart in your department for disaster assignments. Additional information can be found on SHIP under Emergency Codes.



Click here for the May 2019 calendar.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

May 23: Surgical Grand Rounds “Respectful Behavior: A Key Driver of the Learning Environment”—to access click here. Text CME Code 16830 to 443-541-5052 fifteen minutes prior to start.

May 24: Oncology Grand Rounds Rounds “Modern Multidisciplinary Management of Brain Metastases”—to access click here. Text CME Code 19050 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

May 24: Medical Grand Rounds—to access click here.




"Google Maps" For Cancer

By pairing high-quality 3D imaging data of tumor specimens with sophisticated mathematical formulas, researchers have developed something akin to a Google Maps approach to gaining insight into how cancerous tumors function. Learn more about this research.


Call for Abstracts: Research on Gun Safety 

The inaugural Johns Hopkins Gun Safety Event will include a poster competition to showcase gun safety research. If you have research you would like to share, submit an abstract no later than Friday, June 7. The event will take place on Friday, June 21 from noon to 3 p.m. in The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Schaffer Auditorium. Click here to learn more.




Preclosure Dpectroscopic Differences between Healed and Dehisced Traumatic Wounds

Visit to learn about a study on the potential of 3 charge-coupled device (3CCD) imaging values to distinguish between traumatic wounds that heal following closure and those that fail to heal by orthopedic oncologist Jonathan Forsberg, M.D., Ph.D.




For a list of Gynecologists practicing at Suburban Hospital, click here.



CrispCRISP InContext is Live

What does it mean for CRISP to be 'In Context'? It means that CRISP launches directly into the patient’s CRISP record in Epic without having to search for the patient. This makes accessing CRISP and the PDMP for a patient very easy. If you haven’t used CRISP in a while, its capabilities have significantly expanded over the years.

Here is a reminder of what it contains:

  • Notes, labs and imaging results for Maryland and Washington, DC
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program access to Maryland and all surrounding states (DC, DE, PA, VA, WV)
  • Access to actual radiology images for a tremendous number of participating entities in our region
  • Care alerts, encounters, and much more


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