Carol Ball, RN, MAS, honored with inpatient unit dedication at Johns Hopkins Bayview.Carol E. Ball, RN, MAS, recently became the first nurse in the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine to have an inpatient unit named in her honor. In recognition of Ball's 47 years of service to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, formerly known as Francis Scott Key Medical Center and Baltimore City Hospital, is a hospital and medical office center in East Baltimore. It is located along Eastern Avenue near Bayview Boulevard. , the Bridgeview Unit in the John R. Burton Pavilion was renamed the Carol Ball Medicine Unit at a special dedication on November 18, 2011.
Ball, who currently serves as the senior director of nursing and administration at Johns Hopkins Bayview, has a reputation among colleagues and patients for being caring, genuine, collegial col·le·gi·al
a. Characterized by or having power and authority vested equally among colleagues: "He . . . , loyal and innovative. "She epitomizes what makes Johns Hopkins Bayview such a special place," says Richard G. Bennett, M.D., president of the Medical Center.
"It's more common that a unit is named after a donor, a retiree, or someone who is deceased," explains Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Ball began her nursing career in 1964 at Johns Hopkins Bayview (then Baltimore City Hospitals). Through the years, she held many different positions, including staff nurse, head nurse in the emergency department, nursing supervisor and director of nursing and support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services . In each of these roles, Ball has upheld an unyielding principle-a commitment to provide the very best care to patients. "Johns Hopkins Bayview's commitment and dedication to nursing started with Carol's leadership," says Maria V. Koszalka, Ed.D., RN, vice president of patient care services at the Medical Center.
In addition to living out her passion of mentoring young nurses and managers, Ball also has collaborated with other disciplines to develop a team approach to patient care at Johns Hopkins Bayview. During her many years at the Medical Center, she remained nursing's foundation through the transitions from Baltimore City Hospitals to Francis Scott Key Medical Center to today's Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center