Around the nation: Johns Hopkins to name new research center in honor of Henrietta Lacks

Bite-sized health care and hospital news

University President Ronald Daniels said the building will be "an enduring and powerful testament" to Lacks' contribution to medical science, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Maryland, and Minnesota.

  • Florida: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player and breast cancer survivor Paul Dombroski is leading a fundraising campaign to support the construction of Florida Hospital Carrollwood's breast cancer center. The center would be part of a $5 million renovation of the hospital's radiology department. The hospital plans to start construction fall of next year (Brezina-Smith, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 10/9).

  • Maryland: Johns Hopkins University announced last week that it will name a research building after Henrietta Lacks. Lacks, who died from cervical cancer in 1951, went to Hopkins for cancer treatment when, unbeknownst to Lacks, a cancer researcher extracted a sample of her cells. Lacks' "immortal," cell line, called HeLa, contributed to cancer research around the world as well as the development of the polio vaccine. The new building will support courses and programs that "enhance participation with members of the community in mutually beneficial research opportunities," Hopkins said in an announcement (Guzior, "Bizwomen," Business Journals, 10/9; "Hub," Johns Hopkins University, 10/6).

  • Minnesota: Mayo Clinic completed its one-year roll-out of Epic's EHR system across all sites. The new installation, which was part of the clinic's $1.5 billion technology upgrade, was one of the costliest EHR installations of all time. The EHR will help providers access patient records across the health system and allow patients to check in electronically (Arndt, Modern Healthcare, 10/9).

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