Johns Hopkins Hospitals
Johns Hopkins, a name synonymous with medicine, has long been a leading hospital in the field of medicine, specifically cancer. Mesothelioma care is a part of the lung cancer department where Johns Hopkins offers a multimodal approach marrying treatments of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy in order to best attack cancerous growths.
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s science and medical programs earn more federal research funding than any other medical organization in the country. In addition to their status as a “Center of Excellence” the Center is one of only 40 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center has active clinical research programs as well as laboratory research, education, and prevention and control programs. Pinned as a “cancer research powerhouse” by Science Watch, the review of scientific literature by Thomson Scientific found that the research of five of the Hopkins investigators was the most cited in all of cancer research, a very noble and prestigious honor.
Highlights of research done at Johns Hopkins include the discovery of cancer as a genetic disease. This finding led to the first genetic tests for a hereditary cancer and a screening stool test for colon cancer. Researchers also were the first to finish a map of a cancer genome, deciphering the genetic blueprints for colon, breast, pancreatic, adult and pediatric brain cancers.
Awards and Recognition
Among many other awards and honors, the Johns Hopkins Hospital has earned the U.S. News & World Report’s title of #1 hospital 20 years in a row. This ranking, of more than 4,800 American Hospitals, also placed Johns Hopkins first in the five medical specialties and in the top five in ten others.
Additionally, in 2003, the hospital was the first health care organization in Maryland to achieve the Magnet Recognition Program. This honor shines light on the excellence in nursing programs at the hospital. This recognition was awarded again in 2008 for another five-year term.
Of course being rated by national and international boards holds the hospital in high esteem, but being chosen by consumers as a top hospital is equally important. For 15 years in a row, the Johns Hopkins Hospital got the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation.