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Cell Center opens
Dr. Harvey Klein , chief of the Department of
Transfusion Medicine, and Dr. John Gallin, CC director,
officially opened the cell processing facility with a
ribbon cutting and open house last month. The 3,000
square foot lab, created with the help of a cooperative
research and development grant from Baxter Healthcare
Corporation, will serve institutes conducting protocols
here that involve transplantation, immunotherapy, or gene
therapy. At left is Dr. Philip Chen, NIH associate
director for intramural affairs.
Bryan named to
Dr. Nick Bryan has been named director of the
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Clinical Center
associate director for radiologic imaging sciences. In
addition to his CC responsibilities, Dr. Bryan will hold
a joint appointment with the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
As associate CC director, Dr. Bryan will oversee the
Nuclear Medicine Department, the PET Department, and the
Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research. That lab,
now under the NIH Office of Intramural Research, was
established at NIH in 1989 to focus efforts in basic
research in medical imaging and to supplement teaching
programs in imaging research.
Dr. John Gallin, CC director, announced the
appointment saying, "Dr. Bryan brings enormous
experience and energy to this position, expertise that
will enhance the Clinical Center's contributions to
research in and clinical applications of the imaging
sciences. His joint appointment with NINDS highlights an
NIH commitment to collaborations in clinical
|"I'm very excited about
this new opportunity to grow and expand radiology
programs at the Clinical Center and intramurally at
NIH," Dr. Bryan said. He will join the CC staff
part-time on July 1 and full-time in January.
Bryan, whose primary research interests are stroke and
functional brain imaging, has served since 1988 as
professor of radiology and neurosurgery and director of
the neuroradiology division at Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine. He has been a professor of
otolaryngology-head and neck surgery there since 1990 and
was a Fulbright senior scholar in Marseilles in
After pre-med work at Hopkins, Dr. Bryan earned the
M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas
Medical Branch. After an internship and residency there,
he held an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in neuroanatomy at
the Marine Biomedical Institute and an NIH special
fellowship in neuroradiology at the Neurological
Institute of New York.
| Prior to his Hopkins
appointment, Dr. Byran was at Baylor College of Medicine
where he directed the Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Center, served as professor of radiology, and
as professor in the Center for Biotechnology. He also
directed MRI services at the Methodist Hospital in
A past president of the American Society of
Head and Neck Radiology and of the American Society of
Neuroradiology, Dr. Bryan is on the board of directors
for the Radiological Society of North America. He is on
the editorial board of the Journal of Magnetic
Resonance Imaging, deputy editor of the American
Journal of Neuroradiology, and on the editorial
advisory board of Neuroscience Forum.
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Incident bypasses accidental angst
through cooperative responses
A construction worker using a back hoe crimped
an underground pipe that carries oxygen from storage
tanks to the Clinical Center. It was mid-afternoon on
March 3. That accident set into motion a finely
"A worker on the tunnel expansion job was
excavating the site near the tanks when he accidentally
pulled on the oxygen supply pipe and pinched a small hole
into it," explained Jim Wilson, CC building services
manager. Work on the tunnel is focused in an area outside
of building 12 and the CC's B1 cafeteria.
The workers immediately called the NIH Fire
Department, the CC Maintenance Unit, which is a part of
the NIH Division of Engineering Services, and CC building
services and safety staff. All rushed to the scene.
| After an on-the-spot
assessment, key CC departments were notified. Respiratory
Therapy evaluated the hospital's oxygen needs. Materials
Management Department staff began rounding up gas
cylinders to feed the back-up supply system. Plumbing
shop workers temporarily patched the leaking pipe. All
that took about 30 minutes.
An oxygen tanker truck was
dispatched-the closest one available was from
Delaware-and MMD staff delivered extra gas cylinders
where they were needed should the gas pressure drop.
Workers initiated a permanent repair, and an inspector,
the closest one available, rushed up from Richmond to
certify that the work was properly performed and the
oxygen safe for patients.
| If anything could be
characterized as a glitch, it was in reporting the extent
of the problem. Some patient-care areas got conflicting
information from hospital staff. "Communications are
usually the most difficult part of an emergency, but they
are critical," noted Dr. Michele Evans, CC
environmental safety officer, "and we are working on
ways to improve communications."Everyone did what
they were supposed to do, but rarely get a chance to
demonstrate. "Thanks to everyone working on
solutions, the pipe was repaired without an interruption
of patient care," she added.
Society honors CC's
Dr. John L. Doppman, acting chief of the Diagnostic
Radiology Department, has received the prestigious Gold
Medal Award from the Society of Cardiovascular and
The society's announcement noted, "Gold Medal
recipients exemplify those individuals who have dedicated
their talents to advancing the quality of patient care
through the practice of interventional radiology and who,
by their outstanding achievements, also help ensure the
future of the field.
"[The medal honors] those innovative scientists
and radiologists whose leadership and dedication have
fortified the field of interventional radiology."
The award, given during the society's meeting in
Washington last month, recognizes exceptional service to
the field of interventional radiology. Only four have
been awarded. Dr. Doppman, author of more than
475 scientific articles, is a former president of the
Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.
Appointed to the board
Newly appointed to the CC Board of Governors are
(center) Dr. Mary Sue Coleman and Dr. Charles K. Francis.
Dr. Coleman is president of the University of Iowa. Dr.
Francis is professor of clinical medicine at the College
of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and
director of the Department of Medicine at the Harlem
Hospital Center. With them are Dr. John Gallin, CC
director, and John Finan, the board's chairman. HHS
Secretary Donna E. Shalala made the appointments.
Director names new special
Jane Loewenson has been named special assistant to the
CC director. Dr. John Gallin, in making the announcement,
noted that Loewenson is a former NIH presidential
management intern who served as a policy analyst through
a series of assignments here.
She later worked on the staff of Sen. Christopher J.
Dodd where she directed legislative initiatives and
advised on health care, welfare reform, and children's
She's a graduate of Brown University and earned a
master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard.
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| The PET
Department's second positron emission tomography scanner
is being installed and expected to be in operation by the
end of April. Dave Charbonneau (right) of General
Electric, the machine's manufacturer, points out features
to (from left) Paul Baldwin, chief PET technologist, and
Dr. William Eckelman, department chief.
body/brain scanner added
The PET Department's second General Electric (GE)
Advance positron emission tomography (PET) scanner has
arrived and is being assembled.
After a month of acceptance testing, it should be
available for use in the more than 50 PET protocols by
the end of April.
This new machine is identical to a whole-body/brain GE
machine now in operation in the PET Department. It was
purchased in less than one year through the efforts of
Dr. Margaret Daube-Witherspoon and Lynda Ray of the PET
Department and Johnnie Rice and Patrick Williams of the
Office of Procurement Management. Having two identical
whole body/brain machines will increase the scheduling
flexibility and decrease the training for both the
technologists and the investigators.
These two machines acquire true three-dimensional
volume information by collecting decay events over larger
angles than offered by the the older, two-dimensional PET
scanners in the department. This improves image quality
while allowing less radioactivity to be administered,
which permits more studies per scan session.
| PET is a method of
imaging the body's physiologic functions, such as blood
flow and metabolism. It works like this: Patients are
given a short half-lived radiopharmaceutical. The
radiopharmaceutical contains a radioactive atom that is
produced by a cyclotron. This substance, also called a
radionuclide, emits positrons.
As positrons emitted
from the radionuclides encounter electrons in the body,
they produce high-energy photons that can be traced by
radiation detectors surrounding the body.
By evaluating the concentrations of positron-emitting
radionuclides in the body, physicians can study such
functions as blood flow or how the brain metabolizes
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CC volunteer Julia Plomasen, a
native of Athens, became the CC's Greek connection.
Greek connection serves CC's international patients
What began as a friendship between two doctors ended
as an international health partnership between the
Clinical Center and the country of Greece.
In the 1960s, a time when open-heart surgery was
unavailable in Greece, children with congenital heart
defects came to the Clinical Center for treatment. Many
of these children and their families had never been out
of their villages, had never flown on an airplane. Often
the families made the trip with very little money, unable
to speak English, and frightened that their child would
|Without the help of CC
volunteer Julia Plomasen, a native of Athens, many of
these families would not have come to NIH. Working as
interpreter, she was the link between Greek patients and
"It was very hard for many of
these families to leave home. They didn't speak the
language, they didn't understand the American culture,
and they needed a place to live while their family member
was treated. They needed help buying food and adjusting
to a foreign country."
To alleviate some of the adjustment problems, St.
George's Greek Orthodox Church first renovated a building
on their property on Bradley Boulevard and made it into a
home away from home for Greek patients and their
families. Later when the church expanded, a new house was
built and donated. Named Kollecas House after the
builder's parents, it's simply called, the Greek House.
Over the 27 years that Plomasen worked as CC
interpreter, six years as an volunteer and 21 as an
employee, she has seen hundreds of families benefit from
treatment here. At the height of the program in the
mid-1980s as many as 80 to 90 families a year came from
Greece for heart surgery, cancer treatment, and other
conditions.As the Greek connection, Plomasen is the voice
in many emotional situations. She often held hands with
the children, calmed them, and explained what was
happening as the anesthesia took hold, then she sat and
waited with the families during the surgery.
One child in particular stands out in Plomasen's
mind--a leukemia patient who stayed at the Greek House
for four years while undergoing treatment. She arrived as
a very sick two-year old and left cancer-free and
bilingual. This past Easter, Plomasen returned to Greece
where she planned a visit with the young woman, now a
college student studying foreign languages.
"I've been very happy working here, helping the
hospital take care of my people. They leave blessing the
people who work here."
Five years ago 70-year-old Plomasen retired from her
interpreter's job, but she still comes back as a
volunteer whenever she is needed.
What began decades ago as a partnership between the
Clinical Center and a Greek interpreter, continues now as
an international friendship. (by Laura Bradbard)
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by Dr. John I. Gallin, CC director
| To provide CC
departments with an infrastructure that will help
streamline their administrative work--that's the short
answer to why we recently created the Office of
Administrative Management and Planning.
goal is to provide CC departments with a dynamic
administrative system. Individual departments will
benefit from having a strong central system of support in
addition to a network of senior administrative officers
and "local" administrative support staff.
This change reaffirms our commitment to:
- Establishing an administrative career ladder so
employees with valuable experience and expertise
can be promoted and recruited.
- Doing a better job communicating on all
- Providing consistent training for CC
administrative personnel, as well as providing
for cross-training and back-up services.
- Improving efficiency by offering a clearly
defined avenue for seeking administrative
We also hope to explore new ways to enhance our
administrative framework through initiatives such as
delegation of authorities and actions under the umbrella
of demonstration projects.
I am pleased to announce that Maureen Gormley has
accepted the position as chief of this new office. A
10-year CC veteran, Gormley has most recently served as
my special assistant. She brings a wealth of experience
and knowledge about Clinical Center administrative,
fiscal, and planning issues to her new position.
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note: This part of a series of articles on personnel
issues is from the CC Disability Employment Program)
| Do you have a
employee, friend, or relative who has a significant
disability? If so, you probably see this person as an
individual rather than as a person with a disability. You
likely have some understanding of that person's
For many who do not have close contact
with a person with a disability, the first experience
might be met with anxiety. Learning appropriate
terminology to use in referring to people with
disabilities is a positive step in overcoming that
- Use appropriate language. This is more than a
semantic quibble. It's a way of recognizing that
people with disabilities are first and foremost
people, and should not be defined by their
disability. The simplest rule of thumb is
"Put People First." Wherever possible,
say "a man with a disability," "a
woman who is blind," "a child with
mental retardation," or "a job
applicant with a hearing loss." Terms like
"disabled employee," "wheelchair
user," and "deaf woman" are
usually regarded as acceptable. But phrases like
"the disabled," "the
handicapped," and "the retarded"
are not. They emphasize labels, not people.
- Apply common sense. Don't create superhumans.
People with disabilities have the same range of
talents and dispositions as nondisabled
individuals. Portraying people with disabilities
as superstars creates unfair expectations.
·Don't sensationalize. Avoid emotion-laden
phrases like "afflicted with,"
"suffers from" and "victim
- Avoid euphemisms. Most people with disabilities
dislike euphemisms because they suggest a refusal
to accept one's disability. A phrase such as
"differently abled," for example, is
usually considered condescending. In the end,
guidelines like these are nothing more than good
common sense, but they can make a difference in
whether an employee with a disability feels
comfortable and welcome.
Putting people first is simple respect. It announces
that you see the person, not the disability. For further
information on the CC Disability Employment Program,
contact Jerry Garmany, program coordinator at 496-9100
(TTY) through Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258,
or e-mail email@example.com.
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Brittany Hayes had a lesson in surfing the net
for health information with Mina Jain, a physical
therapist in the Rehabilitation Medicine
Department. Computers were set up for searching
during a children's party, one of a series of
events presented by NIH pediatric staff in
recognition of Children and Healthcare Week
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Eighty-two-year-old Virginia Via has been a CC patient
five times since 1992-90 weeks altogether. Not one to
waste her time, she crocheted 18 afghans during her
visits to 3 East. As she prepared to return home to
Benedict, Maryland, Via took a moment to show her latest
accomplishment. (Photo by Bill Branson)
The George Washington University (GWU) Breast Care
Center will be on campus later this month to offer
mobile mammography screening. The van will be in
parking lot 31D on April 29; in the back parking lot
on Executive Blvd., on May 6; at the corner of
Service Road and West and South Drive near the
Clinical Center on May 8; and at Natcher's front
entrance on May 14.
The GWU Breast Care Center will send a report of
the results to the person being screened and the
individual's doctor, and will make appropriate
referrals to the GWU Medical Center System for those
who need and want it.Each appointment should take
about 20 minutes. The $75 fee can be paid by check or
credit card at the time the mammogram is
performed.Receipts will be available to submit to
insurance companies for reimbursement.
To schedule an appointment or ask questions about
the Breast Care Center and mobile mammography
program, call 202-994-9999. The NIH Worksite Health
Promotion Action Committee arranged the screening for
employees and their families.
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Are you fluent in Hungarian, Thai, Dutch, or
Cambodian? If so, call Volunteer Services. They
maintain a listing of NIH employees who are willing
to periodically provide brief foreign language
interpreting services for CC patients. Interested?
NIH opens doors to kids April
The NIH Take Your Child to Work Day is set for
Thursday, April 24. It's an opportunity to show your
child what you do at work and help them learn more
about biomedical research. There will be
pre-registration for those activities with space
limitations. Watch for flyers.
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Reserve your tickets now for "Too Marvelous
for Words," a celebration of the lyrics of
Johnny Mercer. It's presented by the Bethesda Little
Theatre, formerly the NIH RTheatre Group.
Performances in Masur Auditorium are set for May 2,
3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 4 and 11 at 3
p.m. Call Elaine Hughes at 589-0720 for ticket
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Event to honor CC volunteers
Volunteer Services will host their 14th annual
awards ceremony April 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Lipsett
Amphitheater. This year's theme is "Volunteers:
Make it Happen."
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June auction will benefit
Plan ahead and mark your calendar for June 3.
That's the date for the annual Patient Emergency Fund
auction. It's set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Visitor
Information Center. The event features a silent
auction with gift certificates for dining, great
escape weekends, and all sorts of services. R and W
staff can help individuals and offices purchase
tickets to a big game or popular show to donate. All
proceeds benefit the Patient Emergency Fund, which
provides emergency financial help for patients here.
Call Karen at 496-6061 for more information.
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Noon-time series focuses on money
Learn to manage your money more profitably at a
new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) workshop series
that will cover spending, debt, investing, and how to
live more cheaply in the Washington area. Guest
speakers will offer these presentations Thursdays at
- Making Sense of Money Madness--The Psychology
of Why We Spend, April 10;
- Getting Out of Debt-How to Clean Up Debt or
Credit Problems, April 17; ·
- Ways to Live Cheaply in the Washington Metro
Area, April 24; and ·
- The ABC's of Investing, May 8.
No registration is necessary.Sessions are in the
Little Theater of the Visitor Information Center. For
more information call the Employee Assistance
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Diversity training offered
The Clinical Center Office of Equal Employment
Opportunity in collaboration with the Education and
Training Section, OHRM, has arranged to offer a
seminar on diversity appreciation. It's designed to
enhance competency in communication and diversity
appreciation and will be available to all new CC
April 16, 8-9 am; 9:30-10:30 am; and 11 am-noon,
April 17, 8-9 am, Masur Auditorium; 9:30-10:30 am,
Nursing Board/Lipsett; and 11 am-noon, 1:30-2:30 pm,
and 4:30-5:30 pm, Masur Auditorium. TBA, Department
April 21, 7-8 am, 8:30-9:30 am, and 10-11, Lipsett
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It's all about making healthy choices and the
Clinical Center's dietetic interns talked about
how to make them during presentations last month,
National Nutrition Month. Interns Susan Hodge,
Janice Madden (pictured), and Marion Vetter
covered topics such as moderation, facts about
fast food, and how to modify recipes for those
attending the sessions in the Visitor Information
Center's Little Theater.
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