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Merry Fleischmann October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I was told that I could not use a vapor cigarette at work. I was also told that I would have to go outside with the smokers. This is nothing but vapor. We have patients coming in using them during their visit. I feel if people are trying to quit smoking they should try to avoid going around smokers. We have a lunch room and a staff bathroom. Even though it is not part of the uniform, I would not have it in sight for the patients to see.

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phil August 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I am confused. If things are so bad economically and we are losing reimbursement why is the Hopkins empire still expanding, consolidating, and building? After all, does it not take people to care for patients coming to us? Shouldn't the real investment be in the people who care for our patients? This will keep our rating at number one because happy employees will mean happy patients!
I am concerned about our job security, benefits, and pension. All 3 have been mentioned as of lately for more cuts and possible elimination. Can we please be given an honest and truthful standing of the Hopkins organization and not just an empty and meaningless pep talk.

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Richard Grossi, SVP and CFO JHM September 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Dear Phil........thank you for your questions and please accept my apology for the delayed response. Your confusion is understandable since the healthcare system is going through significant changes causing institutions like Hopkins to focus on operational efficiency while at the same time responding to the need to position ourselves for the future marketplace. These strategies may seem at odds with one another but be assured that they are not and Hopkins has been cautious in trying to balance the two. As a result, we have protected and actually grown workforce for all of our missions, and supported those missions in many ways with our new members and diversified offerings. Unfortunately, at times we have to sacrifice in areas like benefits in order to reduce cost and preserve jobs. This certainly affects our employees but here again this is not done without looking at all alternatives and assessing the impact on individuals.

I trust this begins to respond to your issues but please write again if I need to provide more explanation. Regards and thank for what you do..............Rich

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Tanya August 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Why is it that we work for the #1 Hospital in the nation and it does not think it important to give their employees a parking garage just for them? With all the money and grants donated to this hospital and the employees have to sometimes park on the street because they cannot afford the monthly parking fees. Parking on the street around here at Hopkins puts you at great risk for theft or violence. Not to mention the the salaries are considerably higher at other Baltimore hospitals for the same positions we hold here at hopkins. It's great that we are #1 in certain specialties and patient care but, what about trying to maintain good employees, and providing competitive salaries to keep them. It takes good employees to create a good hospital.

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MJJ August 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

It is very dissappointing that the 403(b) match has not been reinstated after all this time. It was small to begin with but was something to appreciate.

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Michael Keating August 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

While relatively new here, the thing I like most about Johns Hopkins Medicine is the strong sense of teamwork and common purpose that all staff members share towards caring for patients, teaching the next generation of clinicians and pushing the boundaries of research and discovery. It's amazing place with amazing people!

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linda August 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I am finding it difficult to se a Hopkins Physician in a timely manner. When I tried to see an Endocrinologist, I was told the earliest appointment would be in three months. I did get in early due to a cancellation however, almost four weeks after my appointment I am still waiting for a phone call about my abnormal lab results that I see in "My Chart", despite trying to contact my physician by e-mail several times and leaving message at her office. I am very concerned that it is not realistic for employees to be able to see Hopkins Physicians when EHP changes in 2014. Poor availability. When I tried to see a Dermatologist awhile ago for a severe rash that was not improving under my Non-Hopkins Dermatolgist, I was told there would be a three month wait also.

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Teresita August 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

Patient Safety is one of our goals of service, but in my observation, Employee Safety is possibly being overlooked. Several times a day, employees have to cross a foot bridge that connects the JHOC building to the 550 building. The steel surface can be very slippery when wet, especially at the incline/descent part of it. The rubber overlay that provided traction is all worn out, and badly needs replacing. A number of colleagues have actually slipped on the bridge sustaining abrasions and bruises.

Better still, may I suggest an indoor (covered) connector between the buildings. That will be very much welcome by all!

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John August 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

there is a urgent care clinic in the Phipps Building on the third or fourth floor that is a benefit to those working on the east baltimore campus. 5 minutes from most points at the hospital.

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Smith August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

Why doesn't Hopkins have an urgent care clinic for it's staff? I know there's Patient First on the East Baltimore campus, but that's a half hour drive in bad traffic from the main hospital, after you walk or take a 10-30 minute shuttle ride to your parking garage, and in the wrong direction for many people heading home.
Why is it that we work in the Greatest Hospital in the world, but don't know how to see a doctor at Hopkins? My doctor recommended an ENT specialist that's 90 minutes from where I work. How would I go about finding one at Hopkins, where it would be a 5-10 minute walk to get there? Being able to see a doctor on campus would increase productivity on campus.

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