FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2006
Contact: Joan Shnipper (firstname.lastname@example.org) 410-328-6776
Sylvia Smith Johnson, a former vice president at the University of Maryland Medical Center, has been chosen as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maryland General Hospital following an extensive nationwide search. She has served as Maryland General Hospital’s interim president since November 2005 and will begin her new job immediately. Maryland General is a 227-bed community teaching hospital near downtown Baltimore that is part of the six-hospital University of Maryland Medical System.
In announcing Smith Johnson’s appointment, University of Maryland Medical System President and Chief Executive Officer Edmond F. Notebaert called her “an exceptionally skilled and talented leader with extensive health care experience.”
“Sylvia Smith Johnson has served in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Maryland Medical System for the past three decades, first at the University of Maryland Medical Center and, for the past two years, at Maryland General. She is an extremely capable and effective executive who is highly respected by staff, physicians and members of our Board of Directors,” said Mr. Notebaert.
“I am confident that Smith Johnson is the right person to lead Maryland General in serving its patients with excellent quality and compassionate care,” adds Maryland General Board Chair Marilyn Carp.
Ms. Smith Johnson has nearly 30 years of hospital experience. From 1976 to 2004, she held increasingly responsible roles at the University of Maryland Medical Center, including Vice President for Operations.
In 2004, Smith Johnson became Chief Operating Officer at Maryland General Hospital, where she was responsible for 400 employees and a $30 million budget. She established new decision support processes for capital, space and human resources, redesigned the organizational structure to better align responsibilities and oversaw all major renovation and construction projects.
Smith Johnson was named Interim President and CEO in November 2005 when her predecessor, Colene Daniel, left to become President and CEO of Greater Southeast Community Hospital and Hadley Memorial Hospital.
“In the time I have spent at Maryland General, I have gained great appreciation for the dedicated and skilled employees and medical staff who work hard to provide excellent care to our patients. Maryland General has been an important health care provider to the Baltimore community for 125 years, and I am proud to lead the hospital as we continue that important mission,” says Smith Johnson.
Smith Johnson has a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of Maryland, University College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Loyola College executive program. She has also received management training at the Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the American Hospital Resource and Materials Managers Association, the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives and serves on the board of directors of PRIME, a purchasing group for the Maryland Hospital Association.
Founded by local physicians in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 227-bed urban community hospital primarily serving Baltimore City. With more than 1,500 employees and 500 physicians, the hospital provides care in more than 30 specialty areas, including obstetrics and gynecology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and renal dialysis.