Saturday, January 12, 2013

Welcome to the MHRI President's Blog


A few months ago we were having a discussion at MedStar Health Research Institute on how to become a more open, transparent organization that provides all of our associates an opportunity to stay informed and get involved. As the research arm for MedStar Health, we do great work across the system of 10 hospitals and 20 other healthcare entities spanning the Washington DC and Baltimore regions ( The challenge is how our dedicated associates know about activities happening at other locations and to provide a forum for their input.

"Neil, just start a blog!" This was the suggestion from one of our associates and what a great idea it is. I have the fortune to be constantly exposed to the great work across MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and learn about new initiatives. My goal is for this blog is to be an informal way for me to share these things with you and solicit your comments.

Most entries will be brief. There may be a little tid-bit about something I learned, saw or experienced at MedStar. Some may be more meaningful, like a system-wide initiative I just learned about. In all cases, I hope to hear back from you with posted comments.

To start, I need your help. All good blogs need a good name. For now, it is simply called 'Notes from Neil.'  Other suggestions submitted that are on the final list are:
  • Neil's Nook
  • Pearls of Weissman
Help us name this blog! Post your suggestions as a thread to this first posting. 

Thanks and I look forward to this new dimension of MHRI!!



  1. I like Notes from Neil, but had fun goofing around with others too, Becky
    Neil's Notes
    Neil’s Notions
    Neil Knows
    Weissman’s Wisdom
    Thoughts of a Weiss Man

    1. I like this one from Becky - "Thoughts of a Weiss Man" and this one from Amy - "A Weissman Once Said..."

      How about any of these?:
      "In the Know" with Neil
      I-Spy with Neil’s Eye...
      The Weissman Report
      Writings of a Weissman (or Weissman's Writings)
      MHRI Matters (with a heart symbol - Like “matters of the heart”?)
      MHRI Messages
      [The?]President's Pen
      from Weissman's Window
      Weissman's Words

  2. I can't beat Becky's suggestions, so I'll vote for one. I like "Neil's Notes".

  3. Here are some to consider:
    Keep an open mind and have fun with these – One of them is a winner, I know.

    "Neil in Focus"
    "Neil's Vision"
    "a Weissman speaks"
    “Neil for a New View”
    “Neil, Here and Now”
    “Neil’s Post”
    “In the Spirit of Neil”
    “The Neil Zone”
    “The Neil Spot”
    “Neil: The View”

  4. Great suggestions and appreciate the creative fun-with-names! I just sent out my monthly message with the FOCUS eNewsletter introducing this blog so lets see what other suggestions our associates have. Thanks everyone! Neil

  5. Team Talk
    Weissman’s Words
    The Research Report
    Neil’s News
    The Spirit
    Research Rounds
    The Connection
    Neil’s Notes
    Neil’s News
    MedStar Missive
    Medstar Minutes

  6. A Weissman Once Said...

  7. Great play on words! Very creative. Lets give everyone one more week to enter suggestions and then I will ask the Department Heads to vote next Monday (Feb 18th) during our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Thanks everyone!

  8. A few more for thought/fun -

    WeissUp or WeizzUp
    Weissen Up
    Weiss Beats

  9. I like "The Spirit" as it points to the MHRI Values. Moving away from a "Neil-centric" title may help encourage the stated purpose of the blog to be a "forum". If the idea is to build up the blog as a community for MHRI a broader name could also allow for guest posts or other authors on a regular basis. In fact, I also like the name "MHRI Forum" or something to that effect.

    Just some thoughts. :)

  10. OK. The vote is in. And the winner is......

    In second place, as a close runner up, was 'A Weissman Once Said.." This was one of my favorites too because it is a great play on words.

    Believe it or not, by a majority vote of the Dept Heads, the simple 'Notes from Neil' and 'Neil's Notes' was the winner so for now, we will keep it simple keep the name. Thanks all for your contribution.

  11. Does your son still play little league baseball, your stories remind me of my own son when he was that age.
    Thank you.

  12. just saw this comment - yes, had a little league game today and got to pitch the first two innings - 4 grounders and 4 errors in the field so they started out 4 to nothing but came back - it was a beautiful day - thanks for asking