125th Anniversary of The Johns Hopkins Hospital

[MUSIC] There is no such thing
as a routine problem. Every disease is unique and
each person is unique, and we never take for
granted the trust that a patient puts in us to
put their lives in our hands. [MUSIC] This hospital is routinely
ranked as the number one hospital in the United States. It’s not any one
individual person or any one individual
department that makes it considered the best
in the United States. [MUSIC]>>125 years ago, Mr.
Johns Hopkins had a vision. By linking a hospital and a medical school in
a previously unimagined way. He sought to inspire
collaboration that would
revolutionize medicine. From the teaching of medical
students beside patients beds. To the placement of diagnostic
labs adjacent to the clinics. Johns Hopkins pioneering
physicians would set standards that would make it
a model of its kind for the nation and beyond. Over time,
we’ve built on that tradition of combining patient care,
research and education. All this has lead to stunning
breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, management,
safety and prevention. In the last 25 years alone,
our achievements have included advances like
the nerve-sparing prostatectomy. A chemotherapy laced
implantable wafer for the treatment of brain cancer, multi-patient kidney swaps,
and a double hand transplant. Along with breakthrough genetic
and stem cell discoveries. [MUSIC] Our deep understanding about
the complexity of diseases and genomics has had a profound
impact on the way we practice and teach medicine. Rather than dwelling
exclusively on disease and the anatomy of illness. We’re more attuned than ever to
each patient’s unique situation and needs. Patient-focused care,
in and out of the hospital. From the outset, William Osler, the first Physician-in-Chief
of Johns Hopkins Hospital, understood the importance
of this concept. Care more particularly for
the individual patient than for the special features of
the disease, he said. In response to that need for
customized care. We’ve created systems and
technologies to pool knowledge through multidisciplinary care
teams and programs to support our patients after they leave
the hospital and at home. We’ve also implemented
electronic medical records to make it easier to share
medical information across our care teams and
directly with our patients. Over time, Johns Hopkins leaders
recognized that the sheer size of our institution and
continuous rapid growth made it difficult to practice a unified
approach to patient care. A major change in governance
resulted that united the hospital,
the School of Medicine and the expanding health system
into what is known today, around the world as
Johns Hopkins Medicine. Within this new structure, our
institution now responds better. And with an integrated
approach to opportunities and challenges in our market place. It has provided us with stronger
and more cohesive positioning to extend the vision of Mr.
Hopkins and the early trustees. It has enabled us to take our
expertise and discoveries beyond the walls of the John Hopkins
hospital and school of medicine into the community, the region,
our nation, and the world. The past quarter century has
also required tremendous physical change to our
facilities and campus. Expansion to keep pace
with technology and to meet the needs of growing
patient populations, resulted in a near doubling in size of Johns
Hopkins East Baltimore location. Most importantly,
through forward thinking design. We are providing care that
is not just convenient and cost effective. But also comforting and healing,
within the hospital and in our community settings. Through innovative, insightful leadership and
with enhanced physical capacity, the Johns Hopkins Hospital has
continued to reinvent itself. Drawing on decades
of experience and lessons learned,
we have over the past 25 years, intensified efforts to ensure
the highest quality and safety in our patient care at
the Johns Hopkins Hospital. And in hospitals and
healthcare settings everywhere. The tragic death of pediatric
patient, Josie King, led our persistent effort to
eliminate preventable harm and to the creation of
the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. This work is now emulated
all over the world. [MUSIC] Throughout our 125 years, we have continually asked
ourselves, what do we stand for? And how can we be better? We have sought to become an
extension of the people we serve here at home and those around
the nation and the world. That diversity enriches and
empowers us. It provides the insight and
empathy necessary to respond to the monumental
changes and challenges ahead. There are many
indicators of success. But the real measure ultimately
is our patient’s well-being. Nowhere on Earth is medicine
being practice as it is at
the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We are bound together through
deep history, timeless commitment and our pursuit of
excellence to provide hope and inspiration in our care for one
another, for our patients and families, and for the world. With this rich history as our
foundation, we look forward to another 125 years of delivering
the promise of medicine. [MUSIC]

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