Your article ("Hard Pill to Swallow," Mobtown Beat, June 30) gave a fair representation of the Johns Hopkins Hospital ward for AIDS patients and its problems. Because of the level of coordination of care achieved on the unit, it is always given the highest marks by medical students and residents. Osler 8 provides a level of service that you do not see elsewhere in the hospital. It really is remarkable. The fact that so many of the staff are "long timers" is an indication of the degree of collegial support found there. It is not an easy place to work; but it is gratifying to professionals interested in direct care with often marginalized patients.
The writer is the supervisor of the unit's social work team.
"Cleaning Up" (Feature, June 23) is a very well-written article, but please do not omit the dedicated work of "Hezekiah--Islands of Hope" founder, Father Joseph McDonough. The Hezekiah movement seeks a spiritual solution from chemical dependency. Hezekiah means "Island of Hope" for those seeking a spiritual solution. The weekly meeting places of "Islands of Hope" are at 901 Hollins St. and 1849 W. Pratt St.
Beginning this past March, I developed a radio outreach program for the Hezekiah movement and Father McDonough. The half hour program airs at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday on WOLB-AM (1010), and it streams on the internet at wolbbaltimore.com. May I suggest you listen to the program to hear the sincerity and interest in those recovering that Father McDonough's voice exudes.