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Published monthly for CC employees by Clinical Center Communications/July
Staffers honored at NIH ceremonies
Digging for clues
Smoking and its litter targeted
Chaplain interns named
Clin path chief accepts Louisville position
Patient and nurse form special team
New look for Outpatient Cancer Center
Neuroscience nurse internship grads
Student workers welcomed
Ramp repairs begin next month
Nurse as scientist focus of July seminar
Project will provide main entry during CRC construction
|A painting of a Florida
scrub mint--a small, endangered plant being studied for its medicinal properties,
is now hanging in the lobby outside the special events section. It was donated
by the artist Alicia Winegardner (left) through the efforts of the Congressional
Women's Caucus and the Center for Marine Conservation. Pictured at the presentation
are Dr. John Gallin, CC director; U.S. Rep. Connie Morella (R. Md.), co-chair
of the Congressional Women's Caucus; and Roger McManus, president of the
Center for Marine Conservation. |
The dirt will begin to fly next month on a project that will
turn the Clinical Center's south entrance into its main door for the duration
of construction on the new Clinical Research Center.
The project includes:
--Building a new south entry with security and information
centers, two large seating areas, and a wide, covered drive-through.
--Extending and enclosing the existing corridor west of Masur
Auditorium and adjacent to the library.
--Adding a new corridor along the east wall of Masur to handle
patient and visitor traffic.
--Upgrading and relocating existing mechanical systems for
the library, Masur, and portions of the Medical Arts and Photography Branch,
which is located in B2. These systems, now located on B1 under the auditorium's
stage, will move to the top of the new south entry.
--Providing direct access from the new lobby to B1.
Project officials noted some anticipated inconveniences during
this construction, including:
--The only points of entry from the south will be through
the cafeteria on B1; the stair tower at the west end of building 10 near
transfusion medicine; and though the MRI wing.
--Expect noise, vibrations, dust, and general construction
disturbance. Construction will be coordinated around the Masur and library
schedules. Some of the work will be scheduled during off-hours. All procedures
for power shutdowns and noise abatement will be followed.
--Parking lot 10H will be re-striped, reconfigured, and resurfaced.
Staffers honored at NIH ceremonies
Clinical Center staffers brought home top honors
at annual NIH awards ceremonies June 26.
Receiving NIH Director's Awards, which recognize superior performance,
were Mohammad Hussein, pharmacy technician in the Pharmacy Department's
outpatient section, and a CC/NINR team made up of Dr. Christine Grady, Dr.
Nancy E. Harnett, Dr. Ann R. Knebel, Dr. June R. Lunney, Dr. Mary Palmer,
Dr. Carol Romano, Dr. Barbara Young Summers, Dr. Suzanne Wingate, and Jan
Hussein's award was "In recognition of sustained outstanding performance,
dedication, and resourcefulness in helping the NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy
Department accomplish the NIH mission."
Hussein's nomination noted that "throughout his 10-year career in
the department, Mr. Hussein has proved that he is the model of an outstanding
employee. Every task he has undertaken is accomplished with the special
touch and attention to detail that has become his trademark. His smile and
quiet style help put others at ease."
The nursing team award was given "In recognition of leadership and
initiative in developing a model nurse scientist training program that integrates
intramural and extramural communities, resources, and expertise."
The group formed a task force to develop, implement, and evaluate a model
nurse scientist training program that addressed NIH policies, procedures,
and applications related to conducting research, their nomination said.
PHS Outstanding Unit Citations were presented to four CC Commissioned
Corps officers in the Pharmacy Department's pharmaceutical development service
section for "development of many investigational new drug products
used in NCI intramural clinical trials previously supplied by other sources
or not available."
They are LTJG Richard O. DeCederfelt, CDR Luisa V. Gravlin, LCDR Raymond
F. Greene, and CAPT George J. Grimes, Jr.
CC staffers honored with PHS Commendation Medals were LCDR Laura Chisholm,
LCDR Cathy A. Conry-Cantilena, CAPT Charles McGarvey, LT Susan M. Orsega,
LCDR Monica Restrepo, CDR Daniel Sands, LT Astrid Szeto, and CDR Dianne
Receiving Unit Commendation Medals were LT Lois Kovac, LT Sharlene Savage,
LCDR Shirley Bruce, LCDR Richard Hills, LCDR Lenora Jones, CDR Katherine
Lambros Matrakas, CDR Mary Ellen Tolbert, CDR Simon Eng, LCDR Thomas P.
Gammarano, LCDR Raymond T. Jackson, LCDR Monica A. Restrepo, LT Diane Aker,
LCDR Daniel Cline, LT Patricia Garzone, LTJG Felicia Gray, and LT Karen
Digging for clues
Archaeologists unearthed a few historic artifacts atop the grassy knoll
across the street from the CC's front door during a dig last year in preparation
for Clinical Research Center construction. The smattering of arrowheads
warranted a second reconnaissance, which concluded recently. It turned up
a small cache of glass, china, and nails from the mid-1800s--nothing significant
enough to alter or delay construction. The Historical Preservation Act requires
that construction projects built with federal funds begin with the assessment
of cultural impact. On this dig were Marty Bowen (left) and Molly Stephens.
Help make breathing easier at the Clinical Center.
Smoking is prohitbited on the Sun Deck, within 100 feet of all entrances
and posted no-smoking areas, and in the parking garage and stairwells.
Don't make us kick your butts. Dispose of them properly.
Smoking and related litter targeted
It's been official since July 1995. Smoking's not allowed inside the
Clinical Center or within 100 feet of any entrance or posted no-smoking
area. It's also banned in the parking garage and in stairwells.
Now, piles of discarded cigarette butts mark nearby retreats popular
with smokers ducking out for a quick one and CC officials want the littering
"The 100-foot rule was necessary because of the stench and the litter
that resulted from smoking just outside building doors," explained
Dr. John Gallin, CC director. The building's negative pressure pulled smoke
inside when smokers did not move away from building entrances.
While the odor problem may have abated as smokers have complied with
the 100-foot rule, smoking-related littering has gotten worse.
Don't drop cigarette butts on the ground, officials urge. Thoroughly
extinguished cigarettes belong in ash receptacles, which are located along
the perimeter of the building.
Also, avoid smoking near the building's air-intake vents.
"The Clinical Center is a house of health," says Dr. Gallin.
"The current smoking policy was put into place because our patients
and staff deserve a smoke-free environment. They also deserve an environment
that is litter-free. Patients and staff should not have to walk through
trails of cigarette butts as they enter our building."
Chaplain interns named
Chaplain interns are working throughout the Clinical Center
this summer through a full-time, intensive education program offered by
the CC Spiritual Ministry Department. It's designed to help students preparing
for the ministry or interested in chaplaincy develop and refine the skills
needed for working with patients and families in crisis. With program participants
are Karen Morrow (standing left), department chaplain, and Dr. Ray Fitzgerald
(seated center), department chief. In front are Greg Jones, General Theological
Seminary, New York, and Jim Lucas, pastor of the Grace-Bosley United Methodist
Church in Reisterstown, Md. In back are Damian Kabot, Divine Word Theologate,
Chicago; Sunny Lee, Wesley Seminary, Washington, D.C.; Doug Burns, DeSales
School of Theology, Washington. D.C.; Jane-Ann Lowery, a member of St. Bartholomew
Parish in Bethesda; and Patrick Winslow, Catholic University. Two groups
of students train here each year. index
|| Dr. Ron Elin, chief of the
Clinical Pathology Department since 1975, will become vice chairman of pathology
and director of laboratories at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
Clin path chief accepts Louisville position
The only constant at the Clinical Center is change. That and Masur Auditorium.
Take it from one who has participated in an ocean of change.
Dr. Ron Elin, who will become vice chairman of pathology and director
of laboratories at the University of Louisville next month, has been chief
of the Clinical Pathology Department here since 1975. Planning for a new
lab, which opened in 1981 as part of the ACRF, topped the agenda during
those early years.
"It was a lot fun, a thrill for all of us to plan the lab and see
it built," he said.
"Originally, routine hematology was on the first floor next to a
very rudimentary outpatient clinic. Chemistry and microbiology were on the
fourth floor. Coagulation and my office were on the fifth. We went from
a highly modular laboratory to an open lab, and we're about to begin the
first major renovation in the next few months, the first in 16 years, so
the design has worked well."
Built into the new lab was a phlebotomy service. "When I became
chief, there wasn't one. Adding it was one of the first changes I made."
Until the advent of a phlebotomy service, blood draws were done by house
staff and nurses, Dr. Elin explained. "The team adds a real quality
to laboratory medicine because we can depend on the specimen being obtained
properly and delivered to the lab promptly."
An immunology service came a few years later. "Dr. Tom Fleisher
[who will serve as acting department chief] has done a superb job over the
years updating and expanding that service," Dr. Elin said.
"Now, we're about to add molecular diagnostics. Genes have been
identified for a number of diseases and as laboratory medicine evolves,
there's going to be more of a need to find out if patients have the defective
gene for a specific disease."
Dr. Elin began his NIH career in 1970 as a staff associate in NIAID.
He'd already accepted a clinical pathology residency in 1973 at his alma
mater, the University of Minnesota, when he hitched a ride home from a medical
meeting with the former chief of clinical pathology, Dr. James McLowry.
McLowry's plans for the lab sparked Dr. Elin's interest, so he stayed here
for a clinical pathology residency instead. "I was able to keep my
lab in NIAID and Dr. McLowry encouraged my research interest in magnesium."
He joined the Clinical Pathology Department staff the following year.
In his new position at the University of Louisville with its medical
school and teaching hospital, Dr. Elin will continue to be involved in the
same triad of patient care, teaching, and research that's offered here,
but the balance is different. "I won't have as much time for research,
but will spend more time teaching, which I've always enjoyed. What's a plus
is that there is a residency program. Residents are very curious people
and certainly keep you on your toes."
Dr. Elin pauses to look out his second-floor window past the bustle of
the CC's front door through the trees lining West Drive, a vantage soon
to be obscured by construction. "The plans for the new hospital look
great, but these windows won't have the same wonderful view that I've enjoyed."
Patient and nurse form special team here
||Staff nurse Lori Guthrie and Amanda
Rutz are a team, the kind of team that makes the Clinical Center a special
After college, Lori Guthrie came to the CC to add experience to her resume.
That was nearly nine years ago-and she has no intention of leaving.
Vicky Rutz didn't want to come at all, but now she's thrilled to bring
her daughter Amanda for treatment. Guthrie is a big part of why Rutz travels
here twice a year from Kansas, and patients like Amanda are part of the
reason Guthrie never left the Clinical Center for a "traditional nursing
Working as a 9th floor clinic nurse, Guthrie says she enjoys helping
patients and their families make the transition to the Clinical Center.
"There's an incredible amount of teaching that goes along with this
job," Guthrie says, "I like that."
CC nurses are a strong link between patient care and research. "We
provide direct care to patients and manage patient data as part of the research
team. We have the ability to become involved with the patient and with their
families during their triumphs and sadness."
Rutz, mother of a seven-year-old child with Turner syndrome, credits
the CC staff for her decision three years ago to bring her daughter Amanda
here for treatment.
"My doctor received a letter from NIH seeking research patients
with Turner syndrome. But I didn't like the idea," she says. "I
thought about it, and decided I didn't want someone doing research on my
But when she finally agreed to come and look around, she saw that the
giant government research facility wasn't as scary as she thought. And,
Amanda's condition, a rare chromosomal disorder of females characterized
by short stature, heart defects, and various other malformations, could
possibly be helped by the treatment offered.
"It was depressing to know that there was a medication available
that we couldn't afford-growth hormone costs approximately $10,000 to $20,000
a year. At NIH Amanda might be given medication that would help her grow
to a normal height and receive help with her other Turner syndrome symptoms.
We knew there was a chance she would be given the placebo, but we decided
if that's the role she would play in this, then we were all for it, but
it was a hard decision to make."
And what does Amanda think about traveling from Kansas to Bethesda to
visit doctors and nurses? She answers with a typical burst of energy that
only a seven-year-old can display: "It's fun! I like to see Lori and
wonderful stuff in Washington."
When asked why she came to the CC she crosses her legs and swings around
sideways in her chair to explain what she knows so well: "Turner Syndrome
is a birth defect that makes me small. They take my blood pressure and measure
me ten times to get it right. Then they take blood from this arm because
this arm didn't work. And I get shots and they do a bone density. That's
where you lie down on a table and be real still for hours and hours and
hours." (Real time: 45 minutes.)
Amanda paused from her explanation to relish a chocolate chip cookie
offered by a Red Cross volunteer.
"I knew from amniocentesis that I would have a girl with Turner
syndrome, but they couldn't tell me how severe. I prayed every day for God
not to give me more than I could handle. I guess I can't handle very much,
because she's a perfect joy."
Kids in school are giving Amanda a hard time, so Guthrie brought in a
social worker to talk about ways to deal with kids who are being mean. "We
have a wonderful interdisciplinary team," Guthrie says.
Rutz also feels fortunate for the CC team treating her daughter. "Any
questions I have are answered. I can call anytime and know that my phone
call will be answered right away. The whole structure of NIH is amazing
and I get a sense of pride to be part of it." (by Laura Bradbard)
New look for the Outpatient Cancer Center
| Outpatient Cancer Center,
gives a tour of the unit's new facilities to William "Billy" Washington,
nursing assistant on 12 West. The unit averages about 750 outpatient visits
The Outpatient Cancer Center
(OCC) on 13 East has a new look thanks to extensive renovations. As staff
and patients celebrated with a ceremony last month, patient Lanny Harrison
(left) had ribbon-cutting honors. Joining him were staff nurse Cathy Parker,
Dr. John Gallin, CC director, and Laura Chisholm, OCC head nurse. The new
unit features two-room suites, a comfortable waiting area for patients and
their families, a patient education room, and staff-friendly touches such
as in-room computers for nursing notes.
Certificates were presented recently to members of the ninth class to
complete the Neuroscience Nurse Internship Program for registered nurses.
Graduates are (seated from left) Colleen Campbell, Jennifer Boyd, Virginia
LeBaron, Donna Gaskins, and Jose Leandro. The neuroscience leadership team
includes (standing from left) Sandra MacDonald, acting nurse manager, neuroscience
program of care, Critical and Acute Care Patient Services, CC Nursing Department;
Dr. Mark Hallett, NINDS clinical director; Dr. Audrey Penn, NINDS deputy
director; and Beth Price, clinical nurse specialist for patient care and
staff education, neuroscience program of care, Critical and Acute Care Patient
Services, Nursing Department.
Student workers welcomed
More than 100 high school and college students are working with mentors
in labs and offices throughout the Clinical Center this summer. They joined
staffers, including Walter Jones (third from right), CC deputy director
for management and operations, at Lipsett Amphitheater for an orientation
session last month. With Jones are (from left) Earnest Alexander, Pharmacy
Department; Laura Green, Outpatient Department; Sarasa Kimata, Transfusion
Medicine Department; Ednilson Moreau, Rehabilitation Medicine; Deborah Owolabi,
Nursing Department; Jennifer Kim-Ca, Spiritual Ministry Department; and
Dee Antonio, Nursing Department.
Focus of July seminar is nurse as scientist
The CC Nursing Department and NINR will sponsor the second research training
program for developing nurse scientists. It's set for July 21-23 in the
Natcher Conference Room.
The program offers information nurses need to advance their careers in
Applicants must have started a research program and anticipate NIH funding
as their next career step, planners say.
Applications for the 50 slots for attendees came from 44 states, Canada,
Israel, and Puerto Rico. The 50 participants selected by lottery to attend
represent 43 institutions from 24 states.
The research interests of this year's participants include substance
abuse and victimization among impoverished rural women, pain management
in cancer patients, and powerlessness in aging, chronically ill women.
Ramp repairs begin next month
Repairs are scheduled to begin on the P1 ramp mid-August and continue
through the end of October. The deterioration of the structure has accelerated
and will involve repairing more concrete than previously estimated, project
officials note. In addition, workers will replace the electrical snow-melt
system with a new, environmentally friendly glycol system.
During the P1 ramp closure, P1 level permit holders will be redirected
around to the P2 level entrance and up the interior ramp to P1. Colonial
Parking, who manage attendant-assisted parking on P3, will provide additional
support on the P2 level directing and assisting P1 permit holders.
Additional traffic control measures are being considered to handle the
anticipated traffic congestion, officials note. Flyers will be distributed,
signs will be posted, and email will be sent at least three weeks prior
to the closure. The P1 ramp guard will move to the P2 level adjacent to
the interior ramp leading to P1.
Board meeting set for July 10
The Clinical Center Board of Governors will meet at 9 a.m. on July 10
in the Medical Board Room.
The group is expected to consider the CC budget for the next fiscal year
and review priorities for the Clinical Center's strategic plan. At the board's
last meeting, which was Feb. 10, members endorsed the Clinical Center's
strategic plan and asked that the institutes be given an opportunity to
comment on priorities for the plan's individual projects.
Jesse J. Ferguson, Jr., clinics manager for the CC Outpatient Department,
died recently just prior to his planned retirement. As CCNews went to press,
a memorial service was announced for July 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium.
He was, co-workers said, highly respected throughout the NIH community for
his quiet determination in getting the job done, for his sensitivity in
helping staff, patients and their families facing painful issues, and for
his cheerful devotion. Those wishing to make contributions to a memorial
fund can contact Nancy Schulze or Gracie Millender in room 1C243. The phone
number is 496-2341. The memorial fund will benefit the Lamond Riggs Community
Center youth programs.
DTM offers procedures video
An instructional bone marrow video can be signed out from the Hematology
Service, building 10, room 2C390. The video demonstrates the bone marrow
biopsy and aspiration procedures, and outlines the bone marrow scheduling
policy. Please call the Hematology office at 496-6891 for more information.
How to make--and keep--money
Want more money? Maybe you can find out how by attending July's employees
- July 9, The Real Truth About Why We Save or Spend.
- July 16, Creative Debt Reduction.
- July 23, Working Through the Mortgage Maze.
- July 30, How to Save for Special Events.
Sessions are at noon in the Little Theater. Call 496-3164 for details.
Diggs seminar set for July 24
The third annual John W. Diggs Seminar is set for July 24 at 11:30 a.m.
in Masur Auditorium.
Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program,
will deliver the lecture. His topic is "Research Key to Understanding
Links Between Poverty and Health Status."
The program is part of the "Science Working for Us" seminar
series and is co-sponsored by the speakers bureau of the NIH Black Scientists
Association, the Office of Alternative Medicine, NINDS, and NIDDK.
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