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Johns Hopkins Faculty, Staff Aid in Final Goodbye to Maryland Congressman


Rep. Elijah Cummings is shown here in 2016, speaking at
a Medicine for the Greater Good event at Johns Hopkins
Bayview Medical Center.

In the days following U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ passing, the nation mourned the loss of a respected longtime leader from Baltimore and civil rights advocate. Congressional leaders and lawmakers as well as members of the public paid their respects on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Washington, D.C., as Cummings lay in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Faculty and staff members from Johns Hopkins were also on hand to provide medical assistance in case of an emergency, including Christina Catlett, M.D., associate director of Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR); Jonathan Cohen, P.A.-C, physician assistant at Johns Hopkins Bayview; Pam Boone-Guercio, R.N., nurse educator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; and other current and former Johns Hopkins staff members. They served with seven others from Maryland’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MD-1 DMAT), which is part of the National Disaster Medical System and includes medical and disaster response professionals from the Maryland/D.C. area.

“We were prepared for any patient issue as well as a mass casualty incident,” Catlett says. “The team was glad to be of service for this special tribute to a Baltimore icon.”

Catlett adds that the overall medical support logistics and equipment were comprehensive and well thought out, based on the teams’ years of experience providing assistance at national security events.

Catlett and the team remained at the Capitol Building for about 12 hours.

Cummings served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District from 1996 until his death on Oct. 17, 2019.

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