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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 16, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 42
In Brief


Stafford Apts. holds open house for Peabody, grad students

The Stafford Apartments, the landmark Mt. Vernon building recently acquired by Johns Hopkins for student housing, will hold a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. In addition to tours of the building, which is located at 716 N. Washington Place, there will be door prizes and free lunch for students with a Johns Hopkins ID.

The apartments are available to all Peabody students and to graduate students in all divisions. A Johns Hopkins shuttle stops one block away at Peabody and connects with both the medical campus and Homewood. Rents range from $669 to $874 for a one-bedroom apartment to $919 to $1,074 for a two-bedroom, with utilities included.

The building is also open for tours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment on other Sundays. For more information, call 410-837-4161 or e-mail Applications can be submitted in person or online at


WWII films about Hopkins medical units to be preserved

The National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded the Preservation Department of the Sheridan Libraries a $15,000 grant to preserve films of The Johns Hopkins 18th General Hospital in World War II. This grant will help to salvage and restore these films, which are in a serious state of deterioration.

The late Carmichael Tilghman, who served with the 18th General Hospital, donated the films to JHMI's Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. They are part of the extensive collection of photographs and textual materials in the medical archives that document the activities of the Johns Hopkins 18th and 118th General Hospital units in the Pacific and India-Burma theaters during World War II.

Personnel of the Johns Hopkins 18th General Hospital made these films, which document the activities of the unit from its activation in 1942 at Fort Jackson, S.C., to its deactivation in 1945 on the Ledo Road in Assam. The physicians and nurses who served with the Hopkins hospital units were an especially close-knit group; most of them had trained at Hopkins and returned here after the war to pursue careers at the hospital and at the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

The grant, the second in two years, is part of a growing film preservation effort led by Sonja Jordan, head of the Preservation Department of the Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with the Medical Archives, Hopkins Medical Video and other offices. A year ago, the Sheridan Libraries received funds from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve a 1932 film that documents the clinical, facilities management and administrative functions of JHH. That film, recently restored, has been returned to the Medical Archives.


2004 commencement video and slide show are now online

The Office of News and Information has produced a video and slide show of the 128th commencement exercises, held May 20. To watch and listen, go to: commence2004.html#video.


Golf tournament raises funds for Johns Hopkins Children's Center

More than 1,000 golfers turned out for the sixth annual Our Kids Golf Outing, raising $1.1 million for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and other area Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The fund-raiser was hosted by Martin's Food Markets in Hershey, Pa.

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center will receive $143,556 from Martin's Food Markets this year from the proceeds of the tournament and other fund-raising initiatives. Funds will support patient care and services at the hospital. Martin's Food Markets are operated by Giant Food Stores.


JHH wins coveted national prize for its patient safety initiatives

The American Hospital Association has recognized The Johns Hopkins Hospital for its leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment to patient care with one of its coveted Quest for Quality prizes.

The prize, supported by grants from the McKesson Foundation and McKesson Corp., was created to encourage innovative patient safety programs that hospitals can copy. Award criteria included demonstrated excellence in organizational patient safety efforts related to patient and family involvement, patient and family communication, leadership, strategic planning, information and analysis, human resources and process management.

Hopkins was one of only four finalists out of a field of 70 and one of only three to earn a cash award, which will be used to further patient safety initiatives at JHM.

The AHA cited JHH's strong leadership commitment to patient safety, its openness with the community and patients about safety and error issues, the fact that staff is strongly involved and empowered on safety issues, and the existence of structured processes for innovation and exploration of potential safety improvements.

In addition, the AHA noted that as an academic medical center, JHH implemented an interdisciplinary approach to safety and quality in the curriculums of the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.


SAIS to host forum on humanitarian crisis in Sudan

The School of Advanced International Studies will host a forum, "The Continuing Humanitarian and Displacement Crisis in Darfur, Sudan," at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hosted by the SAIS Center for Displacement Studies and SAIS Refugee Policy Forum, the event will feature a discussion of the current political and humanitarian situation in Darfur. Panelists will be Francis Deng, representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons and director of the SAIS Center for Displacement Studies (Deng recently completed an assessment mission in Darfur for the U.N.); John Prendergast, special adviser to the president of the International Crisis Group; and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, senior research analyst at the Brookings Institution.

The forum will be held in room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in Washington. Non-SAIS affiliates should RSVP to or 202-663-5870.



Les Hanakahi, an SPH researcher who participated in the Science Coalition's Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and was pictured in the Aug. 2 Gazette with President William R. Brody and Sen. Paul Sarbanes, is an assistant professor, not an associate professor, in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


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