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Employee satisfaction survey
Clinical Center employees can
voice their opinions and suggestions on how to improve their workplace in a voluntary,
confidential employee satisfaction survey that will be conducted in March. The
survey represents an opportunity for all employees to influence the Clinical Center's
opportunity to impact the future of the Clinical Center
"We're among the most
respected clinical research hospitals in the world yet things can always be
better. This survey is an essential step in improving the quality of employment
here," said Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin.
The survey will be administered
for two weeks in March. Actual survey instruments will be mailed to employees'
homes. Employees can complete the survey at home and return it by mail or if
necessary, complete it during normal work hours and return it by mail.
To ensure complete confidentiality,
a private consulting firm that specializes in designing and administering surveys
concerning job satisfaction and quality, the National Research Corporation (NRC),
will oversee the survey and tabulate responses. Individual responses will not
be seen by anyone in the Clinical Center. Management will only review a results
summary and departments with more than 10 employees will get reports specific
to that group.
NRC will also administer
a Clinical Center patient survey at the same time as the employee version. Results
of both surveys will be compared to determine if employee and patient perceptions
are the same for various health care delivery areas. Often surveys are done
and no one ever hears about changes resulting from the survey. Clinical Center
management will review survey results of both the overall organization and by
department to create specific action plans. Employee survey results and relevant
action plans will be communicated to all employees in the fall of 2002.
Completing the survey is
an important responsibility. All employees are strongly encouraged to participate
in the employee satisfaction survey because everyone's voice counts. Questions
regarding the actual survey and/or survey process should be directed to first-line
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"Team NIH" enters Race for the Cure
Grab those running or walking shoes. The first-ever "Team NIH" will
be at the 2002 Komen National Race for the Cure starting line on Saturday, June
1, in Washington, D.C. colleagues, family members, patients, and friends are
invited to join together in representing NIH.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson recently shared his support
for this important event when he helped kick off Capital Celebration, the opening
activity for the National Race for the Cure, the world's largest five-kilometer
(5K), or 3.1 miles, run/walk race. It is part of a large series of 5K runs and
fitness walks, in support of breast cancer research and breast health initiatives,
with more than one million participants in at least 100 American cities and
three foreign countries.
The National Race has grown steadily from 7,000 runners and walkers in 1990
to 26,000 in 1995, to a record number of more than 72,000 last June. That number
in 2001 included 720 teams.
This year the Clinical Center is spearheading organization of "Team NIH."
"We hope all of NIH and its research partners will be part of the team
as we show support for this concerted national and international women's health
endeavor," said Clinical Center Director Dr. John Gallin.
How to register
Registration will soon be available throughout the community at local merchants.
Individuals may register to join "Team NIH" at any location by using
the code "NIH" on their race application form.
Registration tables will also be set up April 22-26, 11a.m. -2p.m., outside
the Clinical Center second floor and B1 cafeterias. The registration fee is
$25.00 per person and may be paid by check, cash or credit card. Online registration
and more registration details are available at http://www.nationalraceforthecure.org/registration.html.
Complimentary race day bus transportation from the CC to the race site on
Constitution Avenue will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. "Team
NIH" members registering at the Clinical Center may sign up for this service.
Buses will also be available following the event to return to the Clinical Center.
"Team NIH" National Race participants can also take the Metro to the
race. The Metro will open at 6 a.m. on race day; take the Red, Orange or Blue
line to Metro Center or the Orange or Blue line to the Federal Triangle or Smithsonian
On the actual race day morning, like other National Race teams, "Team
NIH" will gather at a pre-designated time and location off of the race
site. Watch for further details regarding this and race packet distribution
(for those who register at the Clinical Center). For questions regarding "Team
NIH" or to volunteer to staff the Clinical Center registration tables in
April or the race packet distribution tables in May, please contact one of the
"Team NIH" race coordinators: Pat Piringer, 301-402-2435, email@example.com;
Dianne Needham, 301-594-5788, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Georgie Cusack, 301-594-8128, email@example.com.
Further details regarding the Komen National Race for the Cure may be found
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NIH blood donor owns Guinness world record
Records in London has proclaimed Howard P. Drew Jr., a regular at the department
of Transfusion Medicine's blood bank, the world's most prolific blood donor.
Guinness recently selected his achievement for inclusion in the Medical Triumphs
section of the 2003 Guinness World Record Book as the standing record for "most
blood donated by a single person."
and 2000 Drew donated a documented 213 units of blood - about 28 gallons - at
the NIH Blood Bank and the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. The vast majority
of that amount, 170 units, was drawn at the blood bank in the Clinical Center.
Drew first made
contact with the Guinness folks in 2000 when he wrote to them asking what the
record was for blood donation. At that time, the record for "most plasmapheresis
blood donations" was being monitored. Learning this Drew again wrote to
Guinness in March 2001 requesting a claim for the most blood donated based on
units, not platelets. By summer 2001 Guinness, having received proof of Drew's
blood donation actions in the form of witness statements and documentation from
the American Association of Blood Banks, certified him as holding the record
for "most blood donated by a single person."
50,000 inquiries each year and uses stringent guidelines to certify records
in new and existing categories. From the time of accepting the new record category
of "most blood donated by a single person" two more claims were sent
to Guinness. They knew how much blood Drew had donated but hadn't received the
proof and had to accept the following claims, the first of which only held the
record for a day. April 5, 2001 - Robert Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand, 177
blood unit donations followed by April 7, 2001 - Arvind Kumar Agar donated his
195th blood unit at a blood bank in Indore, India on August 25, 2000. The latter
held the record until July 24, 2001 when Drew set the current world record.
The process time for accepting a record can vary from a minute to days, weeks
or months. "With more straightforward inquiries like 'The Oldest Cat' or
'The Tallest Sunflower' it is easy to check evidence against an existing record
to see if it's been broken. But other records particularly if they are new,
may take a bit longer," said Della Howes, Senior Records Researcher and
Television Research Manager for Guinness.
some records may never be broken. "For example, one of our most famous
record holders, whose record is yet to be beaten is Robert Wadlow, the tallest
person ever for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He measured eight feet,
eleven and one-tenth inches in height in 1940, shortly before his death. Even
the chap whose height I measured last month, Hussein Rissad, is a long way off
at seven feet, six and a half inches!" she said.
Of Drew's most
prolific blood donor status Howes reflected, "We at Guinness World records
are delighted to acknowledge his achievement because it helps so many people
and hopefully will encourage others to become donors if they are not already."
thrilled to hold the Guinness blood donor record it is more important to Drew
to be able to give his blood to help others. "I think it's a noble cause
to give blood. Every time I donate, I get the only feeling that's greater than
the one you get when you receive the help you need, and that's the feeling you
get when you help others in need," he said.
Just how much
he helps gets perspective when considering Red Cross estimates that a gallon
of donated blood helps to save 24 to 32 lives. And as one interviewer wrote
about him, "Drew, whose type O-positive blood makes him a universal donor,
has probably saved enough people to populate a small town." A specific
incident from Drew's past plays a role in his motivation to donate blood. In
1945, after two years of combat duty as a member of the U.S. Army's 333rd Artillery
Batallion in World War II, he was traveling in an army bus in Massachusetts
when the vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames. He escaped from
the overturned vehicle and went back to rescue fellow soldiers trapped in the
flaming wreckage. He saved several lives that day and was cited by the Army
for his heroism but he also suffered severe burns on his hands and face. Blood
donors came to his aid. Something Drew always remembers.
blood every two months. Its simple and it doesn't hurt," he said.
his roles as NLM reference librarian and U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major, Drew,
77, is a native of Hartford, Conn. and has lived in Washington since 1946. He
points out that in some ways his accomplishments parallel his fatherÃ•s life.
Howard Drew Sr. participated in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm and held
the world record for the 100- and 220-yard dashes in 1914. "That's two
generations of world records. I'm also proud that my dad and I each accomplished
'firsts' as African Americans," he said noting his father became the first
black judge in the state of Connecticut and his own blood donor record. According
to Guinness' Howes, the 2003 edition of the Guinness World Record Book with
Drew's record for "most blood donated by a single person" in the Medical
Triumphs section should be off to the printers in July and available by September.
In the meantime, Drew will be rolling up his sleeve for the next blood donation
adding to his donor record and saving lives.
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Rander elected head of communications of ASDVS
Andrea Rander, director of Volunteer Services, has been appointed as chair
of Communications for the American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services
(ASDVS), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.
As chair, Rander is responsible for the oversight of the organizations publications
"Partners in Community Health" and content management of the organizations
"Andrea's incredible energy and enthusiasm is perfectly suited for a journey
that will take our members into the 21st Century of
e-communications," said Bonnie Steele, President of ASDVS. "She is
a very inclusive person and not afraid to go out on a limb to learn new things;
both qualities that are important to the continued success of ASDVS."
Rander has been a member of ASDVS since 1990. Three years ago, she joined the
ASDVS communications subcommittee and immediately became a columnist for its
quarterly publication, highlighting books of interest that affect the lives
of volunteers and volunteer managers.
According to Steele, Rander's dedication to servicing the organization on both
the local and state levels allowed Rander to unanimously be elected to her current
position by each of the 1,200 ASDVS members.
"I've been involved with volunteer services for a long time," said
Rander. "It's time for me to give something back. This organization has
done much to develop me professionally and to develop the overall volunteer
program." ASDVS was organized in 1968, and is one of 13 membership groups
in the American Hospital Association. ASDVS is the only national professional
organization for directors of volunteer services in healthcare.
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QWI and Diversity Council
employee child care issue made clear
The Clinical Center Quality of Worklife and Diversity Council recently
collaborated with NIH ORS to sponsor two seminars in the Nursing department,
in response to varied employee concerns about child care services and facilities.
The council learned that there are many myths about child care services
both at NIH and in the greater community.
Much of the discussion centered on the issue of infant child care. Infant
and toddler care (under the age of two), is the most expensive type of care.
The high cost is directly related to the low adult-to-child ratios required
by state regulations and the scarcity of spaces for this age group. Members
of the discussion group spoke of anxiety and frustration in their searches
for care they could trust and depend upon.
Clinical Center staff have the additional problem of non-standard hours
of work, as the Clinical Center needs 24/7 coverage. Some parents have been
successful in having caregivers come to their homes, or sharing caregivers
with another family. Several staff also expressed the need for "back-up"
or holiday care. This type of care could help families when regular care
arrangements fall through or school-age children have a half-day or holiday.
A common thread of the conversation was that stable, quality child care
arrangements positively impact an employee's ability to work effectively
at NIH. In recognition of this fact, and in order to support employees,
the NIH currently supports several child care initiatives:
NIH sponsors three child-care facilities in the Bethesda-Rockville
area. These centers serve NIH and federal employees exclusively and provide
some tuition assistance for low-income families. These centers have extensive
waiting lists for care, so there are plans to increase capacity at two of
A new child care center is planned for the Bethesda campus. Planning
for a new facility to serve more than 100 children will begin this year.
Construction will begin at the completion of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical
The NIH Work and Family Life Center offers personalized child care
referral and consultation to NIH employees. This free telephone service
provides thorough and professional support for families to explore a wide
range of care options. Call 301-435-1619.
NIH recently conducted a Child Care Needs Survey and will use the
results to develop additional responses to meet needs identified in the
survey. Some ideas include: additional child care near NIH worksites, school-holiday
care, increased tuition subsidies for lower income employees, and methods
for employees to share information about solutions and resources for child
For more information about these programs or to discuss child care ideas,
contact Mary Ellen Savarese at 301-402-8180, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Clinical Center Quality of Worklife Initiative and Diversity Council.
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Security becomes more efficient
Security remains at a high level six months after the September 11 tragedy.
However trust has developed between security officials at NIH and employees.
"We have a great deal of confidence in the employee population,"
said Deputy Chief Robert Fuller. Employees are no longer required to have
their bags searched and walk through metal detectors when entering the Clinical
Center. According to Fuller, this may give the impression of having less
security, but in actuality security is still at a high level.
"We have become more efficient in our security efforts," said
Fuller. "We are becoming more confident in the systems that are in
place and we have fine tuned our entire operation."
Using metal detectors for visitors only has decreased crowds in the South
entrance of the Clinical Center and traffic into underground parking lots
has decreased with the use of added technology.
According to Officer Dwayne Moe, a vapor detector device is used in all
of the underground parking areas. Security guards take a white swab and
rub it on the steering wheel and portions of the car's exterior. The swab
is then placed into a machine that can detect microscopic material used
in explosive devices. The machine identifies the material and how much is
"With this technique we are able to do four-to-five cars per minute."
Security guards are still required to record the license plate number, NIH
parking tag number and time of day that each vehicle enters the garage.
The increased efficiency has made the heightened security precautions a
norm for many employees. "We are not reducing security measures until
national alert levels are reduced and we reevaluate all areas and issues,"
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Wanted: bone marrow donors to help save
The NIH Plateletpheresis Center and NIH Marrow Donor Program are
looking for volunteers to donate critical stem cells and bone marrow. The payoff
is potentially saving lives.
The first successful bone marrow transplant was conducted in 1968,
opening a new course of treatment of leukemia, aplastic anemia and other life-threatening
blood diseases. Since then, bone marrow donors have saved thousands of lives.
"It was a breakthrough in every sense of the word,"
said Jaime Oblitas, managing director of the NIH Plateletpheresis Center and
the NIH Marrow Donor Program. "Chemotherapy and radiation kills cancerous
cells, but also kills bone marrow, which contains stem cells." It is the
stem cells within the transplanted bone marrow, he added, that allow recipients
to grow healthy new immune systems and many times resume ordinary lives.
Thousands of patients who did not have a "matching"
donor in their families have received successful marrow transplants from volunteer
Critical to success is a donor's and recipient's genetic makeup.
"The tissues of the donor and recipient must be compatible for the transplant
to even be considered," said Oblitas. About 33 percent of patients in need
of a bone marrow transplant will find a matching donor among their siblings,
but most patients rely on the community to find a compatible donor.
The initial process is simple for donors. They can report to the
NIH Blood Bank to give blood for transfusion or simply to have a sample of blood
drawn for testing. Once they've expressed interest, a vial of blood is drawn
for tissue typing and the donor's tissue type is entered into a national database.
Matching could take days, weeks, months or, in some cases, years.
The marrow collection process is a surgical procedure that occurs
in a hospital operating room and is done under local or general anesthesia.
Part of the marrow is extracted from the back of the pelvic bone using sterile
needles and syringes. "Recovery is very quick," Oblitas said, "with
most donors having minor aches for several days up to a few weeks." Replenishment
of the lost marrow, he said, takes four-to-six weeks.
Approximately four million volunteer donors are listed on the
national registry, with more needed. "Diversity of types is especially
critical," Oblitas said. "Because the unique characteristics of an
individual's marrow are genetically inherited, Asian patients are more likely
to find perfect genetic matches among Asian donors, African Americans among
African American donors and Caucasians among Caucasian donors." The same
principle, he said, applies to other racial or ethnic groups.
Critical stem cells also may be gleaned from peripheral blood
stem cell donations. For this, four or five daily injections of a stem cell
growth factor medication are administered to a donor. This increases the number
of stem cells released from the bone marrow into the blood stream. During apheresis,
which is done at a blood center or hospital, blood is removed through a sterile
needle placed in the vein of one arm and passed through an apheresis machine
that separates and collects the stem cells. The remaining blood is returned
to the donor through another needle in the other arm. For further information,
or to sign up, call the NIH Marrow Donor Program at 301-496-0572.
-by John Iler
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"Principles and Practice of Clinical Research," a product of the
introductory course of the same name, first offered at the Clinical Center,
has recently been published. The book, edited by CC Director Dr. John Gallin,
is designed to introduce students to the essentials of clinical research,
and is intended for new and established clinical researchers, whether physicians,
dentists, or Ph.Ds. The book is divided into three sections: Ethical, Regulatory,
and Legal Issues; Biostatistics and Epidemiology; and Technology Transfer,
Protocol Development, and Funding. Many of the chapters are written by faculty
who teach the course. The course was created in 1996 to fill a void in formal
training in clinical research. Since then, nearly 2,000 students have enrolled.
Dr. Marion Danis, head of the section on ethics and health policy in the
Department of Clinical Bioethics and chief of the Bioethics Consultation service
at the CC, edited a book recently published by Oxford University Press. "Ethical
Dimensions of Health Policy," provides a history of the values of U.S.
health policy along with a discussion of the federal and state roles in policy
making, and an ethical examination of the social goals expressed through various
policies. Additionally, some of the major ethical controversies in health
policy are examined, and a connection between the disciplines of medical ethics
and health policy are established. Dr. Danis has served on the faculty of
the Division of General Medicine and Clinical epidemiology at the University
of North Carolina where she directed the Medical Intensive Care Unit and chaired
the UNC Hospitals Ethics Committee. She has also chaired the ethics committee
of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
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Blood bank receives
deposit from Centex
from Centex Construction Company, one of the contractors building the
Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, made a group effort to donate
blood to the NIH Blood Bank last month. Nearly 35 Centex employees donated
and sent out a challenge to all contractors to do the same. Shown from
l to r are Gary Thompson, James Bassetti, John Sloan, and Jaime Oblitas,
managing director of the NIH Plateletpheresis Center and the NIH Marrow
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Stem cell transplantation workshop
A workshop on "Immune Reconstitution After Stem Cell Transplantation"
will be presented Friday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Masur Auditorium,
Building 10. For information, call 301-435-0063.
NIH Clinical Teacher's Award
The NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher's Award is the highest honor bestowed
collectively on an NIH senior clinician, staff clinician or tenure-track/tenured
clinical investigator by the NIH clinical fellows. The deadline for nominees
for the next award is June 1. Online submission forms are posted at http://felcom.nih.gov/Local/Subs/clinteach.html.
Point of contact for further information is John Paul SanGiovanni, who can
be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Primary care updates
The Clinical Center Nursing Department is sponsoring its primary care updates
beginning April 17 in Lipsett Amphitheater from 3 to 4 p.m. The first topic
covered will be "A ClinicianÃ•s View of Ground Zero." Subtopics include
deployment preparation, the impact of being at Ground Zero and other deployment
opportunities. The speaker will be Lt. Cmdr. Susan Orsega, CRNP, USPHS.
FARE abstract competition for fellows
The ninth annual Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2003 competition
provides recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural
postdoctoral fellows. FARE winners receive a $1,000 travel award for use in
attending and presenting their work at a scientific meeting. Twenty-five percent
of the fellows who apply will win an award. Applicants must submit a research
abstract that will be anonymously evaluated based on scientific merit, originality,
experimental design, and overall quality/presentation. The travel award must
be used between October 1, 2002 and September 30, 2003. The FARE 2003 competition
is open to postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Awardees (IRTAs), visiting
fellows and other fellows with less than five years total postdoctoral experience
in the NIH intramural research program. In addition, pre-IRTAs performing
their doctoral dissertation research at NIH are also eligible to compete.
Visiting fellows/scientists must not have been tenured at their home institute.
Questions about eligibility should be addressed to scientific directors of
each institute. Fellows are asked to submit applications and abstracts online
at http://felcom.nih.gov/FARE, from May 1-31. Winners will be announced by
the end of September. More information is available on the web site above.
Questions may be addressed to the relevant NIH institute's Fellows committee
Functional Genomics and Critical Illness and Injury Symposium
"The Functional Genomics of Critical Illness and Injury" will be
held Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, at the Masur Auditorium, Building
10. It will examine functional genomic approaches to critical care research
and the potential impact of the Human Genome Project on the care of the critically
ill and injured. Conference sessions include: The Critically Ill or Injured
Patient; Differential Gene Expression: Snapshots of Complexity; Functional
Aspects of Genetic Variability; Genomic Studies of Host - Pathogen Interactions;
Beyond the Transcriptome: High-throughput Proteomics; and Experimental Design
and Managing High-Dimensional Data. The symposium is sponsored by the Clinical
Center Critical Care Medicine Department, NIAID, NIGMS, NHGRI, NIAMS, and
NHLBI. Registration is required with no fee. For further information, or to
register, call 301-496-9320.
Take Your Child to Work Day - April 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Your child can experience some of the professions that contribute to biomedical
research at NIH Ã? especially yours! Children ages 8 to 15 are welcome. Please
coordinate their visit with your supervisor. Shuttle bus transportation will
be available. For more information and to register visit http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/nihkids.
For reasonable accommodations services, contact Gary Morin, 301-496-4628 (voice)
or 301-496-9755 (TTY) by April 18, 2002.
Free film series
|The National Library of Medicine is hosting a free public film series. "Wednesday
at the Movies" offers a mixture of popular films exploring the impact
of the telegraph, computers and the Internet on our society. Movies will be
shown with closed captions and a sign-language interpreter will be present
for the introductions and discussions. The series runs from April 3 - May
15, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A. Call 301-594-1947
to verify show dates.
Benefits for NIH School
Use the Giant of Safeway grocery club card to earn benefits for NIH School.
Just register for a club card and give the school code: Giant #2983 and Safeway
#0623. For more information call the NIH School at 301-496-2077, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program ends March 29.
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