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November 18, 2008



Do you know that if you’re out on the Caribbean and have a medical problem, there’s a chance GW might be the one to help you—via video conferencing? GW Medical Faculty Associates has opened a Worldwide Emergency Communications Center to provide care for remote clients, a part of their Innovative Practice division. No longer do you have to let the Norwalk virus ruin your cruise. Just pack a webcam.


Europ Assistance’s Helmut Terjung joins GW’s Michael Hite, Borjanka Oljaca-Leiboff, and Innovative Practice director Neal Sikka. The center currently monitors 300 ships, helping them avoid the cost of diverting to port by walking them through minor procedures like stitches and removing abscesses. For serious injuries requiring evacuation, the GW docs work with Europ Assistance (which runs logistics) to bring them home or to the nearest hospital. Often merchant ships have only 10 crew members and are at sea for months, so an on-board doc is not an option.


Last week, the National Cancer Institute (with help from Matan Development) broke ground on its new digs at Riverside Research Park. Above, we caught NCI director John Niederhuber and Maryland Secretary of Business & Economic Development Dave Edgerley in the act. John tells us he hopes the new site will attract life science and tech R&D orgs to co-locate at the 330k SF building. If they come in droves, it can expand another 470k SF. They hope to move in to the 62 acre site in early 2011. NCI is currently located at Fort Detrick.


NCI-Frederick's Craig Reynolds and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) were also on hand. Craig reminds us that NCI's 68 acres at Ft. Detrick, with 3000 employees, will continue to operate. This is an expansion, not a move. NCI has been at the fort since President Nixon signed an executive order outlawing biological warfare research in the United States in 1972. The site was turned over to accelerate progress against cancer.


We ran into Adventist Healthcare regional director of Facilities Management Mike Rand (here with PR guru Toni Aluisi) the other night. He tells us a big influence on Adventist’s new Silver Spring hospital, due in 2012, is something called “evidence-based design.” Not only is the hospital’s physical structure used to create an environment of healing, but the staff is also trained to improve quality by using a low noise, low lighting environment. By the way, we snapped this at the new Founding Farmers restaurant at 19th and Penn a “LEED-gold” environmental pioneer that puts all seating near natural daylight and uses paints that contain low to no volatile organic compounds, so there is no toxic new car smell. With apologies to hospital cafeteria food, maybe this is the place to bring patients.

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