"Building Ten at Fifty"
Building Ten at Fifty: 50 Years of Clinical Research at the NIH Clinical Center, was produced as part of the Clinical Center's fiftieth anniversary celebration and unveiled at the Fiftieth Anniversary Scientific Symposium on Oct. 14.
Written by local freelance writer, Pat McNees, it is based on scores of interviews with current and past NIH and CC employees and patients as well as historic documents and articles. McNees has spent the past year immersing herself in the Clinical Center and getting to know the people who work and are treated here.
"When I learned that the Clinical Center wanted someone to write a brief history for its upcoming fiftieth anniversary, I leapt at the opportunity. Now, a year after undertaking the assignment, I am even more amazed by the place," she says in the foreword to the book.
A native of California, McNees began her writing and editing career in
New York working in book publishing at Harper & Row and Fawcett. She then
became a freelance writer and editor publishing articles in a variety
of publications including New York Magazine, the Washington
Post and Parents magazine. She is the author of several
books and specializes in organizational histories. Recent books include
By Design: The Story of Crown Equipment Corporation, 1997, The
First Fifty Years of the Young Presidents Organization, 2000, and
Girls in Science and Engineering for the National Science Foundation,
"The Clinical Center deserves a fuller history, and the investigators and institutes whose work has not been covered here may feel justifiably slighted," she states in the foreword. "Many wonderful stories remain to be told, and I hope to help tell them. But here's a start. For now, let us just say, Hats off to the Clinical Center, the people who work there, and the patients, who everyone agrees, are the most important partners in the research that goes on in Building 10."
For free copies of the book, call Clinical Center Communications at 301-496-2563.
Accreditation visit to Clinical Center set for early December
The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will conduct an accreditation survey of the Clinical Center on Tuesday-Thursday, December 2-4, 2003. Healthcare sites such as the Clinical Center are reviewed every three years to ensure they are meeting the standards for quality of care and the safety of the environment in which care is provided.
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's leading standards-setting and accrediting body in the healthcare sector.
During the upcoming accreditation visit, Clinical Center staff will have
the opportunity to highlight the Clinical Center's patient care and clinical
research support processes and programs. NIH-community members may access
more information on the Clinical Center's preparation efforts for the
JCAHO survey team visit at: http://intranet.cc.nih.gov/od/jcaho/;
Non-NIH community members may access the same information through: http://www.cc.nih.gov/jcaho/publicnotice.shtml.
Questions related to the actual survey process should be directed to Laura
Lee, 301-496-8025; e-mail: email@example.com.
CRC boasts new features
The exterior of the new Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center is nearly complete, and interior spaces are currently being fitted in anticipation of the late 2004 opening.
When the Clinical Center opened in 1953, press reports touted such modern conveniences as air conditioning. While not substantially different from other modern hospitals, the new facility will have new features not available 50 years ago when the original facility was built.
A main advantage of the new building is flexibility. Laboratories can become offices and offices can become laboratories to meet changing priorities. Also, built in between each two patient floors are interstitial spaces that accommodate huge ducts, venting and cabling, so infrastructure changes can be made without interfering with patient care on the floor below.
An important new feature is a "single-pass air" system so that air comes in one end of the building and out the other without being recirculated. "This will minimize the presence of allergens and the spread of pathogens," said CRC Project Officer Don Sebastian. The air system will also safely permit research on emerging infectious diseases, such as SARS.
Other new features in the CRC include:
hospital bed will have a flat screen TV.
- Larger rooms - "Patient rooms meant for double occupancy
will go from 225 square feet in the Clinical Center to 350 square feet
in the CRC," said Sebastian. "Even single-occupancy rooms in the CRC
will be larger than the double rooms in the Clinical Center."
- Temperature control - Each patient room will have
individual temperature controls.
- Light sensors - Many rooms will have motion-controlled
light sensors for energy conservation.
- Flat-screen TV - Each inpatient and day hospital
bed will have a flat-screen TV with cable connection. Computer access
may also be available at each bed.
- Physician on-call rooms - Each patient care unit
will have dedicated physician on-call rooms furnished with a bed, a
desk, and a lamp. Currently, on-call physicians have to find an empty
patient room to catch a few hours of sleep.
- Patient nourishment space - Each patient care unit
will have a separate room with a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee
maker for patients to store and prepare their own food.
- Physiological monitoring - The infrastructure for
physiological monitoring is built into each inpatient and day hospital
bed. Currently, a limited number of beds have this feature. This allows
for much greater flexibility in patient management.
- Mobile cabinetry - Much of the cabinetry in the clean
utility/medication and soiled utility rooms will be mobile, rather than
built-in, to provide greater flexibility.
- Conference rooms - Each patient care unit will have
a conference room.
2003 leadership certificate series takes the classroom into the workplace
To some, leadership is composed of ability, experience and intuition.
Developing leadership through trial and error, however, can be difficult
and fraught with risk. Making a wrong decision can penalize potentially
good leaders and the employees they supervise.
But can leadership be learned in a classroom?
The Clinical Center's Education and Training Section believes it can,
and in 2002, in conjunction with the University of Maryland, launched
its Leadership Certificate Series of courses for employees and managers.
CRIS user group convenes
The Clinical Research Information System (CRIS) project has convened a core user group to help with key initiatives. Dr. Steven Luxenberg (center right), the CRIS project's physician informaticist, leads the group. Members are (from left to right) Jennifer Chaney, Diagnostic Radiology Department; Lucia DeMenezes and Keisha Potter, Nursing Department; Jeanne Preuss, Department of Laboratory Medicine; and Sherry Sheldon, Department of Transfusion Medicine. Group members will be involved with training, testing, communications, and process change in support of CRIS. For more on the CRIS project, slated for implementation in mid-2004, visit http://cris.cc.nih.gov/public/ or attend an NIH all-hands CRIS informational session 12 noon-1 pm on Thursday Dec. 4 in Lipsett Amphitheater.
"I have never attended a class with a follow-up emphasis on return on learning," said one participant, while another called the classes "excellent, stimulating, fun, integrated, realistic and totally engaging."
"Return on learning," according to Stacey Bauman, an education specialist with the Education and Training Section, is a positive change through practical and effective application of what is learned in the classroom.
"We had a great group this year," Bauman said. "They really bonded and this, in turn, provided a rare opportunity to learn from each other." As part of the curriculum, she added, participants shared troubleshooting techniques used when faced with difficult situations within their own departments. "The fact that the Clinical Center administration supports this type of training demonstrates it believes in the benefits that can be derived from it."
The 2003 Leadership Certificate Series, which concluded in August, offered a number of innovative learning techniques. "The Well Rounded Leader Model guides participants through materials and tools to develop an in-depth understanding of what key areas impact leaders and how they are connected," said Bauman. Classroom study comes first, but then participants are given time to apply what they've learned to real situations before moving onto the next session. So instead of trying to memorize a concept, the concept is turned into a skill and is remembered instead of forgotten.
"The series helps staff to understand their inherent strengths and weaknesses, improve their ability to relate to others and to assess their leadership skills and styles," said Kathleen Krisko, an administrative officer.
"Programs like this," said Marcia Smith, a clinical coordinator, "will strengthen the Clinical Center in the long run - especially as the plan to offer parallel courses to upper management is put in place."
"It was particularly relevant for understanding both my own interaction and that of my supervisors," said Dr. Barbara Sonies, chief of the Oral Motor Function Section and director of the Oral Pharyngeal Function and Ultrasound Imaging Laboratory. "The ability to role play and discuss these styles
was a nice framework for the present and will impact my future interactions as well."
The program was comprised of three classes: Development Skills for the Well Rounded Leader; Working Effectively Within and Across Organizational Boundaries; and Motivating Yourself and Others to Meet Individual, Team and Organizational Goals. Employees attending all three classes attend the "Return on Learning" module, which provides individual and group coaching sessions.
For further information on the program, call Stacey Bauman at 301-496-1618.
Scientific symposium reflects on 50 years of medicine
A scientific symposium, held on Oct. 14 in Masur Auditorium, celebrated
the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Clinical Center. It brought
together past and present clinical researchers who reflected on
their scientific accomplishments at the Clinical Center. Past researchers
who returned to the CC to present at the symposium included former NCI
director Vincent DeVita, former NHLBI researchers Eugene Braunwald and
W. French Anderson, and former NINDS researcher Elizabeth F. Neufeld.
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health,
Yale University School of Medicine
former NINDS researcher and chair,
Biological Chemistry at UCLA
director, Clinical Neurosciences Program, NINDS
Gottesman, deputy director for Intramural Research, NIH, Dr. Thomas
Waldman, chief, Metabolism Branch, NCI, and Dr. Eugene Braunwald,
Hersey Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Frances Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
French Anderson, director of Gene Therapy Laboratories, University of Southern California
Dr. Joseph Gallelli receives Andrew Craigie
For nearly 30 years Dr. Joseph Gallelli has had his eye on the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Andrew Craigie Award.
"Some time ago, my former boss received the award and that's when I said that one day I would like to receive that award too," said Gallelli. "I figured if I worked hard and achieved my professional goals, it might be possible."
And he was right. This month, Dr. Gallelli will be presented with the AMSUS Andrew Craigie Award during the AMSUS 109th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The award is presented to an individual who has had a career of outstanding accomplishments in the advancement of professional pharmacy within the federal government.
Dr. Gallelli has been a research pharmacist at the Clinical Center for nearly 40 years. From 1962 to 1970 he served as chief of the Pharmaceutical Development Service and was later promoted to Pharmacy Department Chief where he served until 1995. Today he is a senior advisor for Biotechnology Product Development where he oversees and advises on the manufacture and development of biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology products for human use.
Dr. Gallelli's leadership, management and innovativeness have culminated in a number of significant accomplishments, including publishing the first text on the compatibility and chemical stability of intravenous medications based on original research conducted in his lab; publishing guidelines and recommendations on the safe handling, chemical inactivation and disposal of injectable antineoplastic drugs; and establishing the first post-graduate hospital pharmacy residency training program, which has graduated dozens of pharmacists in leadership positions today.
"The overall successes of the Pharmacy Department could not have been accomplished without having the best and the brightest pharmacists coming to NIH," said Gallelli.
The Andrew Craigie award was named after the first Apothecary General of the United States who served under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
NIH bids a fond farewell to Martha Kennedy
Martha Kennedy, a lead special procedures technologist in the Department
of Radiology, stepped into retirement last month after nearly 40 years
of service to the Clinical Center. But her absence has left a large void
among staff members in the Special Procedures division.
"She is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet," said Bonnie DiMichele, clinical nurse specialist. "Her presence was like sunshine around here. When you came to work, she made you feel good about being here."
Kennedy began her career with the Radiology Department in 1964 after graduating from an X-ray Technology school once housed in the Clinical Center. Since then, she's seen a lot of changes.
"I've watched the ACRF being built, I moved with the Radiology Department from the sixth floor to the first floor of the ACRF and I've watched technology go from labor-intensive x-ray photographic film processing to small portable ultrasound units to filmless imaging and computerized storage and image transmission," said Kennedy. "It was just great being a part of an important service that involves so many institutions and benefited so many people."
Kennedy said she was privileged to work with Dr. John Doppman and later with Dr. Richard Chang. She played an integral part in the development of the CT/ Angio combination interventional suite/lab, a room currently under construction that will house both the CT scan and the Interventional/Angio. The design will serve as a test site and will allow patients to receive both tests without being transferred from one room to another.
"I'm going to miss coming to NIH," said Kennedy. "Things were always changing, there was never the daily grind because the equipment was changing, the software was constantly changing and there were new patients to meet and see every day."
Kennedy will spend her retirement years in her home town of Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, where she will sail and work on remodeling her home.
"She was the perfect employee," said Dr. Chang. "If you ask anyone in this department about Martha everyone would tell you that she was wonderful and did a good job. She was knowledgeable in her field and worked well with the patients. She is the reason the Department of Radiology has a good reputation and is known for its goodwill throughout NIH."
Celebrating Physical Therapy Month
The Physical Therapy Section of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department and
the Clinical Nutrition Service, Dietary Services sponsored a Fitness Fair
last month to celebrate Physical Therapy Month. "We want to make people
aware of the risks of being obese and encourage people to start some type
of activity to decrease sedentary activities," said CDR Michaele Smith,
education coordinator, Physical Therapy Service. During the fair, employees
were encouraged to have the Body Mass Index tested. Those with BMIs
greater or equal to 25 received pedometers as an incentive to begin an exercise
CDR Smith demonstrates to Clinical Center Director John Gallin the uses of the pedometer and how it will motivate individuals to walk and exercise more.
A Halloween treat
Representatives from the National Confectioners Association, Vienna,
Va., which represents candy and chocolate manufacturers nationwide, visited
the Clinical Center recently in costume to pass out Halloween candy. "We
have been receiving candy from the association for more than three years
and they began delivering the candy in person last year," said Lauren Wood,
M.D., a principal investigator for NCI's HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch.
"They brought a lot of smiles to the children, who clearly enjoyed
The candy was distributed to all pediatric units, including
POB (oncology) and HAMB (HIV/AIDS) on OP13, as well as to patients from
other ICs on 13W, and units at the Children's Inn.
Paying tribute to Dr. John Doppman
NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni presented the Third Annual John Doppman
Memorial Lecture last month. His lecture, entitled "Imaging Research
Trends and 21st Century Needs," can be accessed on the NIH Videocast
The Doppman lecture pays tribute to its namesake who was a remarkable
member of the NIH clinical Research community.
Dr. John Doppman, chief of the CC Diagnostic Radiology Department for
26 years, died of cancer in August 2000 at the Clinical Center. During
his 36 years as a diagnostic and interventional radiologist, Dr. Doppman
developed, refined, and performed numerous semi-surgical, radiologic procedures
- including angiography, visualization and treatment of vascular malformations
of the spinal cord; and techniques for locating ectopic or elusive glandular
tumors. Many of these techniques are now standard practice in medical
Dr. Doppman also served as a mentor to many research radiologists of
the next generation.
Foil the flu
||Vaccinations will be given in the Occupational Medical Service offices,
10/6C306, and will be given based on the first letter of the employees
last name. The program is for NIH employees only. An NIH photo identification
card must be presented. Contractors are not permitted to receive the
flu vaccination through this program. The following schedule can be
accessed at www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/flu.
On Campus: Building 10/6c306
First Letter Last Name
Thur. Nov. 6
Fri. Nov. 7
Mon. Nov. 10
Wed. Nov. 12
Thur. Nov. 13
Fri. Nov. 14
Mon. Nov. 17
Tue. Nov. 18
Wed. Nov. 19
Thur. Nov. 20
Fri. Nov. 21
Mon. Nov. 24
Tue. Nov. 25
Wed. Nov. 26
Mon. Dec. 1
Tue. Dec. 2
Wed. Dec. 3
Wed. Dec. 10
Thur. Dec. 11
Fri. Dec. 12
Beginning December 15, influenza vaccinations will be by appointment
Call OMS at x64411 to make an appointment.
Off Campus Sites
Rockledge I, Rm 5054
EPN, Rm 103
NSC, Conf. Rm. D
Tue. Nov. 4
Fri. Dec. 5
Mon. Dec. 8
Tue. Dec. 9
The Department of Laboratory Medicine needs volunteers and donations for their 31st Annual Holiday Fundraiser. There will be a white elephant sale, bake sale, pizza and a silent auction. All proceeds will help the Patient Emergency Fund and the Friends of the Clinical Center. All items are tax deductible.
When: Friday December 5, 2003
Where: Bldg.10, Room 2C310, (library/conference room)
9 a.m. Bake sale, coffee, tea and more to eat
10 a.m. Silent auction and white elephant sale begins
11:30 a.m. Pizza for lunch
2 p.m. Silent auction ends
To make donations or to volunteer contact Sheila Barrett 301-436-5668 or Norma Ruschell 301-496-4475
Important NIH Telephone Changes
Telephone dialing changes at the NIH will become effective on Monday, December 1, 2003. Changes that will affect most employees include:
- No more five-digit dialing - as a result of increasing demands for telephone
numbers, all Health and Human Services (HHS) operating divisions will
be required to dial all ten digits when placing a call to another HHS
number in the Rockville/Bethesda area.
- Must use full ten-digit dialing - you must use the full 10 digits 301-594-XXXX
for HHS numbers in the Rockville/Bethesda area. The same dialing rule
applies to the following exchanges: 402, 435, 443, 451, 594, and 827.
- Voice mailboxes will change from five-digits to ten-digits; however
you can use a password with a minimum of 5-digits.
- Dialing of non-HHS numbers remains the same - local domestic calls:
eleven digits (dial 9 for an outside line + the 10-digit telephone number;
long distance domestic calls: twelve digits (dial 9 for an outside line
+ 1 + the full 10-digit telephone number).
For more information visit: http://www.cit.nih.gov/dnst/DNSTweb/telephone.html
or contact the NIH Help Desk at 301-496-4357.
Use or lose
Employees and supervisors are jointly responsible for ensuring that any "Use or Lose" leave is officially scheduled or rescheduled for use during the remainder of the leave year before Saturday, November 29, 2003. In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent employees from taking previously approved leave. If this occurs and the employee's excess leave is forfeited due to sickness, an administrative error or an exigency of public business, the leave may be restored. Contact your administrative officer for more information.
Insights Into the Treatment of Hypereosinophilia Syndromes: Molecular
and Clinical Studies
Cynthia Dunbar, M.D., Senior Investigator, Hematology Branch, NHLBI
Amy Klion, M.D., Staff Clinician, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases,
12 -1 p.m.
Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Cancer, Ulcer, and Helicobacter:
To Have or to Have Not?
Martin J. Blaser, M.D., King Professor and Chairman of Internal
Medicine and Professor of Microbiology,
New York University School of Medicine
Anniversary Celebration of Clinical Research
Clinical Proteomics: The Next Revolution in Molecular Medicine
Lance Liotta, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Laboratory of Pathology, NCI
Lymphoma: A Mirror of the Normal Immune System
Elaine Jaffe, M.D., Chief, Hematopathology Section
Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Pathology, CCR, NCI
can be accessed on the NIH Videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov
Tanya C. Brown
writers: Dianne Needham, John Iler, Colleen Henrichsen
Clinical Center News, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 3C01, Bethesda, MD 20892-7511. Tel: 301-496-2563.
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