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Weekly Progress Notes May 6


Coronavirus Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Suburban Staff

JHM Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control website

JHM Internal Resource Portal

COVID-19 Updates

Workplace Safety

Recognizing Our Extraordinary Providers

JHM recently launched the Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Moments appreciation campaign to honor the providers, faculty and staff working on the front lines and behind the scenes of the COVID-19 pandemic response. We invite you to share your stories with us. You also can say thank you to a colleague or team for their important work and sacrifice by using the new JHM Appreciation Board. We encourage you take the time to read some uplifting stories of our colleagues here and across Johns Hopkins Medicine at


Pre-Procedural COVID-19 Testings

As noted in the Apr. 29 memo from Eric Dobkin, M.D. to medical staff, all outpatients with scheduled urgent procedures are required to have a COVID-19 test performed 48-72 hours prior to the procedure. Inpatients who have not been tested and require a procedure should also be tested and have the result back within 72 hours of the procedure. Any inpatient who has had a COVID-19 test during their current hospitalization will not need to be re-tested even if the test was performed more than 72-hours previously UNLESS there is a new onset of COVID-19 symptoms.


Celebrating Our Discharges

As Suburban’s COVID response continues, we want to make sure we are celebrating the positive news! A recorded file with applause is now being played on COVID units when patients we treated are discharged to either home or another facility. This is one small, but important way we can recognize our successes while also celebrating our patients.


New Safety Officer Roles

The role of Safety Officer has been created at Suburban to assist staff with the correct donning and doffing procedures for PPE in COVID units. These colleagues provide real time, in the moment assistance to staff with PPE and use of ante rooms. The Safety Officers will also provide assistance by checking that negative pressure is maintained and that problems with PAPRs are resolved. These officers are here to help and support our efforts to minimize everyone’s risk.


PPE Reminders

Suburban continues receiving different procedural and surgical masks, which means providers may notice a variety of masks in use. Security in the North Building main lobby will replace worn or damaged PPE including face shields, industrial masks and cloth sewn masks. If you don’t have hand sanitizer or a face shield, Security will be able to provide you with one. Please write your name on your face shield to keep for cleaning and reuse. Staff must wear the recommended PPE correctly—do NOT wear extra masks, i.e., an N95 plus a surgical / cloth mask. More PPE does not offer more protection and can introduce the risk of contamination.


Self-Monitoring Reminders

Due to the widespread prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and risk of community exposure, everyone should assume they have been exposed and self-monitor their symptoms. On Friday, Apr. 24, JHM Occupational Health launched the emocha Health self-monitoring remote app for all employees. You should have received a text message with instructions on the launch date. Read this JHM memo to learn more. You also can download and use this self-monitoring log.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you can call the JHM COVID-19 Employee Call Center (ECCC), seven days a week, from 7. a.m. to 11 p.m. at 443-287-8500 or 833-546-7546. The ECCC can schedule testing at Suburban’s drive-through site.


End-of-Life Visitations

A maximum of 2 visitors total (NOT 2 visitors at a time) are permitted for a one-time only visit at end-of-life. Please review the policy for visitors to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 at Suburban Hospital for end-of-life or other circumstances.


Employee Support Services

No matter the level of anxiety or stress you may be feeling, there is someone you can talk to. View a list of support services available across Johns Hopkins Medicine, including confidential, peer-to-peer support through the Resilience in Stressful Event (RISE) program, and 24/7 resources and support through mySupport by phone (1-888-482-2733 / TTY 711) or online at (Username: JHHS; Password: JHHS). Here is some additional information and resources you may find to be helpful:


Planning Underway to Begin Increasing Access to Care and Services

As JHM clinicians and support staff continue to courageously work on the front lines of our COVID-19 response, we have begun planning for the time when we can begin to increase access to our broader range of care and services. As with other health systems and hospitals across the nation, a tremendous amount of staff time, expertise and resources have been dedicated to combating this unprecedented pandemic. Building back up to previous levels for surgeries and non-urgent clinical activities will take careful planning and thoughtful execution. Read this memo from Dr. Rothman, Kevin Sowers, and Dr. DeWeese to learn more.


PPE Resources and Videos


Suburban Hospital Daily COVID-19 Critical Updates


Additional Updates and Resources


Workplace Safety

Suburban Earns “A” Safety Grade from Leapfrog for Third Consecutive Time 

Suburban Hospital has earned an “A” in the Spring round of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades, marking the third consecutive time in which the Leapfrog Group has awarded Suburban an “A” ranking.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization working to drive improvements in health care quality and safety for consumers. Twice a year, the Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades to more than 2,600 general acute care hospitals in the U.S. based on performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other patient harm. These grades are used by national and regional health plans and other organizations to educate their users on the importance of choosing a safer hospital.


Healthcare Heroes Day Flyover

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A special thanks to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels; and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, for a stunning flyover this past Saturday amidst blue skies! Governor Larry Hogan declared May 2 as #HealthCareHeroes Day to recognize the dedication and bravery of frontline medical workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all of Suburban’s Healthcare Heroes! Visit the Suburban Facebook page to see video of the flyover. 


Suburban Hospital Health Care Heroes 

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Congratulations to LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, CENP, Suburban Hospital’s Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, and Cindy Notobartolo MS, BSN, CHEP, HEM, Administrative Director of ED/Trauma, Safety, Security and Employee Health Services on being recognized as Health Care Heroes.

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During a virtual meeting of the Montgomery County Council on Thursday, Apr. 30, Councilmember Andrew Friedson recognized LeighAnn as a Montgomery County Council Health Care Hero. Councilmember Friedson said "Thank you LeighAnn and to all the “LeighAnns” all over Montgomery County, the country, and the world who are setting their personal lives aside to help care for our families and friends. A reminder that nurses are the heroes of heroes – and were long before this pandemic.” LeighAnn was presented with this honor for her role in overseeing the near-instant creation of five nursing units dedicated to COVID patients. In the middle this effort, she also finished her doctorate requirements!

On Saturday, May 2, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called out Cindy Notobartolo as a Health Care Hero for her role as Suburban’s incident commander on his Twitter page: “Nurse Cindy Notobartolo is the Incident Commander at @SuburbanHosp in Bethesda and leads Emergency Management, Security and Occupational Health. Cindy is described as 'calm, focused, thoughtful, collaborative and prepared.' Thank you, Cindy. #healthcareheroesday

Way to go, Cindy and LieghAnn!



Support From Our Community 

Suburban Hospital continues to receive many messages of support from the community, including the above video from students at Sidwell Friends School.

Members of community also continue to donate much-needed supplies—including PPE—that will be used for staff, patients and any permitted visitors.

**Please note that we are still in need of medical grade disinfectant wipes for our clinical areas. If your practice or ASC has containers you can spare, please consider donating them to Suburban. We are accepting donations at the McKinley Street side of the hospital on Tuesday and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.**

Additionally, food donation offers should be directed to the Office of Patient & Family Experience at 301-896-6034. Please contact Kris Hakanson at with questions.


Resiliency Center Open Daily 

Workplace Safety

Suburban’s Resiliency Center has welcomed an average of 450 staff a week since opening last month and encourages all staff to stop by to relax, talk, unwind, recharge and enjoy a refreshment.

Sessions offered throughout the day include:

  • Talk Circles (stress management)
  • Open Art Studio
  • Music Relaxation Therapy
  • Chair Yoga
  • Spirituality Mindfulness Meditation Sessions (Monday – Friday at noon, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Brief Individual Sessions
  • Relaxation Lounge

The Resiliency Center is located on the 4th floor of the South Building and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. After hours, there is a relaxation lounge open outside of the suite in Interview room #3.
Pictured: Resiliency Center Staff (left to right)—Susan Webb, Andrea Beagles, Sandy Fineman, Debi Hersh, Karen Phinney and Lori Weir.


May is National Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Workplace Safety May is National Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, which focuses on the long and rich history of contributions from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in industries such as science, medicine and the arts. Nearly 13% of the JHM workforce identifies as Asian American or Pacific Islander, with representation in our labs, among our student learners, at the patient bedside, in administrative roles and everywhere in between. Download this memo from Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at JHM, to learn more.


Janice’s Espresso Now Open 

Workplace Safety If you haven’t stopped by Janice’s Espresso’s new home in the Café on the 2nd floor of the hospital, located just off the main lobby of the North Building, please do! They have a beautiful new space with an expanded menu and a grab and go. They are now selling sandwiches, salads and fresh fruits as well as homemade muffins and banana bread baked by Ashley Pak, who trained at a French pastry school!

The Café is now open Monday—Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pictured: Andrew Pak and Christy Gaffney


A Message from Maria Gomez, Suburban Hospital Trustee 

Workplace Safety

Maria Gomez, a member of Suburban’s Board of Trustees, shared this note for all staff:

“I want to send my deepest gratitude to each member of the Suburban team for your courage and commitment during these very uncertain times. Thank you for staying healthy and for caring for and supporting one another.

It goes without saying that each one of you is wired for occasions like this. You have my deepest admiration. Please may you and your own families stay safe and keep well. Many blessings.”


Notice on Upcoming CME Activities

Workplace Safety

In response to COVID-19, JHM has adjusted its approach to CME. All enduring (on demand) activities remain open and available to you through the CME website. For live activities scheduled between now and early May, please check our CME website for updated information on an activity. Click here to subscribe to the CME email list.



Click here for the May 2020 calendar on



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series 

May 6: Oncology Translational Research Conference “Earlier Detection of Cancer: From Bench to Patients”—to be streamed online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 917 0247 7701; Password: 032339). Text CME Code 22758 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

May 8: Morbidity and Mortality Conference—to be streamed online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 912 6791 11171; Password: 027305).

May 8: Informatics Grand Rounds “ Identification of Stigmatizing Language in Electronic Medical Records Using Natural Language Processing”—click here for a direct link to the Zoom webcast.

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



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