Johns Hopkins Bayview receives national honors
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:28

Hospital lauded for diversity, joint surgery

by Nicole Rodman

    For years, Johns Hopkins has been recognized worldwide for its renowned university and medical institutions.
    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center has collected its share of accolades, earning awards since becoming part of the Johns Hopkins system in 1994.
    Recently, two of Bayview’s programs were singled out for national recognition.
Bayview Diversity Council honored
    On Oct. 3, Bayview announced that the medical center’s Diversity Council was honored as one of the top 25 Diversity Councils in the United States.
    Established in 2008 by the Association of Diversity Councils, the Diversity Council Honors Award “recognizes groups that lead diversity processes in their organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace,” according to a press release from Bayview.

Bayview’s Diversity Council was honored for the third year in a row. Ranked number 10 this year, Bayview improved its standing from 2012.   
    “To earn this honor for a third year truly speaks to the value and impact of the work of our Diversity Council,” Richard Bennett, M.D., president of Johns Hopkins Bayview and co-chair of its Diversity Council, stated in the press release. “The Council’s work makes a positive difference in how we provide care to patients and interact with colleagues.”
    The press release described the Diversity Council as an advisory group that works to “create strategies to foster cultural competence, civility, respect and collegiality, robust and diverse talent pools, leadership development and mutually beneficial relationships with the community.”
    In an effort to foster diversity at Bayview, the council conducts workshops, maintains websites and develops programs to instill respect and civility on the Bayview campus.
    The council aims to cultivate respect for diversity  across the medical center.
    In order to become eligible for the Diversity Council Honors Award, Bayview had to submit an application for consideration.
    Applications were considered based on achieved results, demonstrated commitment, accountability and communication and education.
Bayview named Center of Excellence
    Hot on the heels of the Diversity Council’s award, Bayview was also named a Center of Excellence for joint replacements.
    In order to provide affordable hip and knee replacements for employees, national companies such as Walmart and Lowes have joined forces with the Pacific Business Group on Health Negotiating Alliance to develop a National Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN).
    The ECEN, which covers more than 1.5 million employees, offers no-cost hip and knee replacements at four hospitals in the U.S.
    For eligible employees that choose to have their surgery at Bayview (or one of the other ECEN hospitals), 100 percent of their care is covered. In addition, their employer will cover the cost of traveling to the hospital for the patient and a companion.
    Bayview was the only hospital on the East Coast to be selected as part of the network.
    The other hospitals that are part of the ECEN are Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif., Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.  
    According to Marcy Horgan of the Pacific Business Group on Health, “Bayview was selected for the ECEN after a rigorous evaluation process including a review of care pathways, protocols and both hospital and individual physician-level outcome metrics.”
    Prior to selecting Bayview as a Center of Excellence, the ECEN evaluated the medical center based on the quality of its surgeons, as well as success rates, training and experience.
    Bayview, for its part, is excited to be included in the ECEN.
    “We are very pleased to provide excellent, patient-centered care for employees covered under this agreement who are seeking hip and knee replacements,” Patricia M.C. Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC,  stated in a press release.    
    She added, “The joint replacement team at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center provides the highest quality of care for primary, complex and revision surgeries using the latest technology and best practices, which should enable employees to recover and return to work as soon as possible.”
    Johns Hopkins is also a center of excellence for PepsiCo. Under that arrangement, PepsiCo covers the cost of care for patients who receive heart and joint replacement surgery at Johns Hopkins.