* Debbie Fleischman, a member of the Howard County General Hospital care team for 19 years, has been appointed director of the hospital's clinical education. She will be responsible for patient and staff education, quality improvement initiatives and grant and policy development, as well as community/business partnerships.
Fleischmann is formerly the administrative director of Emergency Services. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore.
* Dr. Jeremy Nathans, professor of molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been awarded the sixth annual Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience by the McGovern Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Scolnick Prize is awarded each year to recognize an individual who has made outstanding advances in the field of neuroscience.
Nathans will receive $50,000 and give a public lecture at MIT on April 27.
Nathans identified the genes that code for the three kinds of light-sensing pigment molecules that are critical for color vision. He also has shown that alterations in these pigment genes are responsible for all of the common types of variation in color vision in humans.
* Franklin Square Hospital Center administrators have announced the following appointments:
Dr. Steven Fleisher has been named director of interventional gastroenterology. He was formerly the medical director of endoscopic ultrasound at St. Joseph Medical Center. He will continue to serve as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He earned his medical and surgical degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Dr. Charles Boice has been named director of gynecologic oncology. Boice, who has been providing gynecologic oncology service in the area for more than 20 years, received his residency training at the University of Southern California Medical Center. He is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University Medical Center.
Deborah E. Hall, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience, has been appointed administrative director of the Medicine Service Line. She is the former assistant chief nursing officer for Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pa.
Alfredo G. Sagisi, a registered nurse, has been named a nurse manager. He has held leadership positions in clinical development, informatics, long-term care administration and clinical nursing.
Sam Jones, a registered nurse, joins Franklin Square Hospital Center as a patient-care manager. He has worked in medical/surgical, radiology, the emergency department, critical care and education. He most recently served as the nurse manager for the orthopedics/neurology unit at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.