The Daily Record: Often rivals, 4 Maryland institutions honored for pandemic efforts, collaboration

Bruce Jarrell of UMB and Ronald J. Daniels of Johns Hopkins University

By Johanna Alonso
May 18, 2021

Looking back on a year of strife caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Baltimore Committee during its 66th Annual Meeting on May 18, 2021, honored four Baltimore organizations that rose to the challenges caused by the pandemic.

The committee awarded Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Medical System its 2021 Regional Visionary Award, citing their innovative and collaborative public health and medical work over the past year.

Presented by Howard Bank CEO and GBC Board Vice Chair Mary Ann Scully, the award seeks to celebrate individuals and organizations that have “significantly contributed to the betterment of the Greater Baltimore region.”

Scully cited major accomplishments over the past 14 months, such as Hopkins Medicine’s and UMMS’ work with the state of Maryland to launch the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital and their participation in state and city vaccination distribution efforts.

“Two organizations that were traditionally friendly rivals … have come together in unprecedented ways to confront a common problem,” she said. “They agreed to leverage their joint resources as part of a unified COVID-19 response effort.”

Scully also recognized UMB and Hopkins University for their work in the field of medical research. Most recently, she said, UMB has transformed a research lab into a testing center, worked to get vaccines to hard-to-reach populations and graduated nursing students early to support are hospitals and health centers.

She cited Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, a joint project of the university and health system, as an invaluable tool during the pandemic, having received over a billion page views since its early 2020 launch. Public health experts from the university have also contributed to both the city’s and the nation’s COVID-19 responses.

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Source: The Daily Record

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