The Johns Hopkins Hospital

For more than a century, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has had a tradition and mission of striving to lead the world in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and to train tomorrow’s great physicians, nurses and scientists. Above all, we aim to provide the highest quality health care and service to all of our patients. The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center Tower and the Sheik Zayed Adult Tower opened May 1, 2012, adding approximately 1.6 million square feet of state-of the-art medical facilities. The 12-story towers mark a new era for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Nationally and Internationally recognized Specialty Care, The Johns Hopkins Hospital is globally acclaimed for its exceptional services and programs. For 21 consecutive years, it has topped U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” in the magazine’s annual ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.

Part of a Premier Integrated System
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, founded in 1889, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, created in 1893, form the nucleus of Johns Hopkins Medicine. This is one of the world’s premier, integrated health systems, with six hospitals, four community-based health care and surgery centers, more than 30 primary health care sites throughout Maryland, managed care and home care services, and numerous strategic collaboration, affiliate and management agreements overseas, and multiple short-term consulting projects.

Shawn Brast, MSN, RN, CCRN, NRP

Shawn works in critical care transport, where he spends most of his time trying to save lives by getting patients to the hospital to receive care. In the past few years, however, he has also helped develop a program in which he takes critically ill patients from the hospital back to their homes so they can die peacefully at home on their own terms.

Lynn Billing, RN

Lynn has worked as both a hospice and Palliative Care nurse at some of the premiere medical institutions in the country. However, when her own father lay dying at the end of a prolonged illness, she realized that the emotions she sees her patients’ families go through are even more complicated than she had imagined.

Rita Moldovan, DNP, RN

Rita found herself drawn to work that focused on death and dying after her newborn son died from a heart defect. In the 30 years since, she has found a calling in helping fellow clinicians talk about death and dying with patients in a sensitive and efficacious manner.

Caitlin McGeehan, RN, BSN

Caitlin works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins, where her own grandfather was the recipient of a successful heart transplant in the early 1980s. He was a shining example to her of someone who used his “borrowed time” to live wisely and prepare for his family for his inevitable death. In her work, she feels it is a clinician’s responsibility to communicate candidly with patients about their treatment options so that they can, in turn, make choices that optimize quality of life.

Michael Arciaga, RN, NCIIM

Both of Michael’s parents were in the medical profession back in their native Philippines, and they encouraged him to follow their path. Working as a nurse in the ER, Michael has seen his fair share of death, and knows intimately that an ER gurney is not where you want to end your days. He has also been personally touched by the death and dying experience, and has fought to honor the final wishes of several of his own ailing family members.

Brian Fowler, RN, BSN

Between the ICU, oncology and the ER, Brian has 20 years of nursing under his belt. He currently spends his nights in the very busy Johns Hopkins ED, where he and his colleagues see everything from sudden heart attacks to violent shootings. He wishes young men and women that have been taught to glorify gun violence could see what he sees every night, so they could truly understand what it means to “get shot.”