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The top leader for the School of Nursing, a small but growing college that has accelerated enrollment and research since forming in 2010, said Wednesday that she will step down at the end of the next academic year.

Jean Johnson’s announcement will set up the second dean search for the University during the next academic year. The GW Law School will also be searching for its next leader.

Johnson will return to the faculty once she steps down. A GW release did not detail why Johnson was stepping down.

“I have had an incredibly rewarding career,”  Johnson said in a release. “I have always enjoyed telling people that there is nothing that I was passionate about that I haven’t been able to do at George Washington.”

The nursing school has developed into a steady growth engine as medical professionals demand more advanced degrees from nurses looking for expertise and career advancement. Johnson helped form partnerships with Virginia community colleges and saw the college earn top rankings for its online programs.

Enrollment in the school’s graduate programs grew from 281 to 439 over the past three years, leading to an undisclosed budget bump by the University this year, which will help hire five new full-time professors. The University also invested about a half-million dollars two years ago in funding a clinical skills laboratory for nursing students on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

GW’s top leaders praised Johnson, who has been at GW since 1981, for her ability to innovate.

“Her ability to envision new programs for the school in its startup phase has been extraordinary,” Provost Steven Lerman said in a release. “She has been a strong partner and leader who has engendered enormous trust from her faculty and students, which has been a great positive for the school and the university as a whole.”

The school will continue to try to develop new programs as it searches for its next leader, including a leadership program with the GW School of Business.

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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 10:18 a.m.

GW Hospital searches for new CEO

The GW Hospital

The position of CEO for the GW Hospital has been vacant for more than three months. Hatchet file photo

Updated Jan. 8, 10:51 a.m.

The GW Hospital is looking for a new leader after CEO Trent Crable stepped down more than three months ago.

Crable’s resignation was announced in a brief letter to hospital employees eight days before his departure Sept. 30, but the change in leadership was only made public Friday through an article in the Washington Business Journal.

The letter, which came from the outside company that maintains primary ownership of the hospital, called Crable’s decision to resign “mutually agreeable.”

Crable served in the post temporarily beginning in June 2008 before assuming the permanent title of chief executive officer and managing director of the hospital in January 2009. Chief Operating Officer Kim Russo and Chief Financial Officer Rick Davis will share the responsibility of overseeing hospital operations during the ongoing national search for a replacement.

Lisa McDonald, director of marketing and business development for the hospital, said Crable’s resignation was not related to the recent reorganization of the medical center, which split the three medical schools of the University into separate entitles after a yearlong review, or recent leadership shifts in the medical center.

McDonald declined to comment as to why the change in hospital leadership was not previously made public through its communication arm. The hospital has not published a press release on its website since Sept. 20 and it has not yet updated all of the site’s pages to reflect Crable’s resignation.

The top levels of University leadership were informed of the vacancy, but as a legally distinct body, the hospital has no obligation to report such news to the broader GW community.

McDonald also declined to provide a target date for naming a new leader.

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A distilled water pipe ruptured in Ross Hall Saturday, prompting University officials to switch off the line until it is repaired.

“Full damage estimates have yet to be determined — equipment and systems will be assessed to determine the extent of the damages,” Michael Chapman, assistant vice president for media, marketing and communications for the Medical Center, said.

The University said in a Medical Center News e-mail that the flooding was “severe” in the “southeastern sector of the building.”

Classes will continue to take place at their normal locations because the flooding did not affect any classrooms, he said. There is no time frame for when the water line — currently under repair — will turn back on.

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded The GW Medical Center with a $1.17 million grant to research the costs of cancer treatment, the medical center announced last week.

The grant will be used to explore treatment costs in relation to quality of care – essentially determining whether the is the quality of care is on par with the price of care. The research will benefit patients, consumers, and third-party payers, according to a medical center news release.

Specifically, the grant will research three types of cancers: colorectal, lung and uterine. By studying three treatments that correspond with the cancers – colectomy, lung surgery, and uterine hysterectomy – researchers will inspect the relationship between the pricing of the procedures and their outcomes.

Dr. Avi Dor, expert on medical pricing and professor of health policy in the School of Public Health and Health Services, is the primary investigator of the grant. The Research Project Grant is the oldest grant mechanism used by the NIH.

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