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At the recent MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) Fall Town Halls, associates gathered at three of our locations to be informed and engaged with what’s taking place across the MedStar Health System. Thank you to all the Research Institute associates that joined us at University Town Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center to connect with other associates and learn about the latest endeavors at the Research Institute.
Dr. Neil Wesissman opened the town hall with a safety moment. In the last few months, there have been two reported shootings on site of two of our MedStar locations, MedStar Harbor Hospital (Baltimore, MD) and University Town Center (Hyattsville, MD). Dr. Weissman discussed the importance of being prepared for workplace violence or an active shooter situation. He encouraged associates to watch the “Run, Hide, Fight” video created by MedStar associates which demonstrates what to do in the event of an active shooter situation in the healthcare setting. The RUN, HIDE, FIGHT video and other tools and resources are available on StarPort at starport.medstar.net/go/ActiveShooter-CodeSilver
Jim Boscoe, our new Director of the Office of Research Integrity provided updates to associates regarding the IRB and IACUC committees. The Georgetown-MedStar eIRB system, Huron, implemented a recent update to the application system to include minor modifications and a more stable environment for users to experience. The Office of Research Integrity has an open position in their department and are exploring opportunities to make improvements with operations. The IACUC committee recently implemented a new electronic application system, Streamlyne, to manage and review animal research studies. The system went live on October 17th.
The operating goals and initiatives for FY20 were discussed. Associates should have been provided with the MHRI “Plan-on-a-Page” which highlights the goals for the Research Institute for FY20 and provides a clear line-of-sight for associates to support their engagement with the organization. A fun game of Jeopardy was played which covered the FY20 Plan-on-a-page and celebrated the winning team at each town hall. If you did not receive a copy of the Plan-on-a-Page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to all our winning Jeopardy teams! Thank you all for playing!
The Power to Heal campaign begins November 1 and runs through November 30. Associates are invited to join the gratitude movement by participating and making a Gift of Gratitude in honor of a colleague, friend or caregiver. Since 2016, 21 new investigators have been supported by MedStar associates. This year’s Power to Heal Campaign at MedStar Health Research Institute will benefit the New Investigator Fund. To learn about the projects that were funded by the 2018 campaign, view the press release here.
Research would not be possible without our associates and without the patients who participate. Thank you for being a part of our vision to advance health through research.