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For Immediate Release February 28, 2019

Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Maryland Capital Region Health (UM Capital), have been named as 2019 Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record.

Fifty-three individuals were chosen by editors of The Daily Record as Influential Marylanders for significant contributions to their respective fields and for leadership in the state. The Daily Record launched Influential Marylanders in 2007 to recognize those who are leaving a mark on the community throughout the state.

Chrencik’s career with UMMS has spanned 35 years, and he has served as the System’s President and CEO since 2008. Prior to becoming CEO, he served in multiple executive positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Systems, and SVP and CFO of the University of Maryland Medical Center.  His stewardship of UMMS as it has grown into a major medical enterprise has strengthened the System’s reputation as a national leader in trauma care, organ transplantation, and children’s and women’s health. Under Chrencik’s leadership, UMMS has affiliated with Capital Region Health, St. Joseph Medical Center, Upper Chesapeake Health and Charles Regional Medical Center.

UMMS is responsible for approximately one-quarter of all healthcare services delivered across the state, and the System has also built a powerful partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine – the two organizations combine to be the physician engine of Maryland responsible for training half of Maryland’s doctors. Today, UMMS employs approximately 28,000 staff, and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 13 hospitals. The Daily Record editorial staff noted that Chrencik has led UMMS’ integration of more than a dozen acute care and specialty hospitals into a university-centered medical system and the System has made strides in quality of care improvements and is a leader in environmental awareness and energy efficiency.

“I am very proud and humbled to be recognized as one of the state’s influential healthcare leaders along with my colleague Dr. Perkins,” Chrencik said. “This honor truly belongs to the thousands of UMMS employees across our system who are making a difference in the lives of Marylanders each and every day, providing high quality health care in their time of need and improving the overall health of Marylanders.”

An accomplished clinician and hospital executive, Dr. Perkins was named UM Capital Region Health’s President and CEO last August, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Since joining UM Capital, she has been a catalyst for collaborative clinical, workforce, operational and financial performance improvements. She considers it a great privilege to lead the organization in meeting the health care needs of Prince George’s County and the surrounding region. Prior to joining UM Capital, she held executive leadership roles with the Anne Arundel Health System. From 1991-2006, Dr. Perkins was a clinical leader with the University of Maryland Medical System, having held roles of increasing responsibility at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she ultimately served as Vice President for Patient Care Service and Clinical Effectiveness. Dr. Perkins is one of 10 female CEOs serving Maryland’s 46 acute care hospitals, is the recipient of more than 12 research grants on clinical topics, and has shared her expertise in nearly 120 professional publications and presentations.  

“I am thankful to receive this honor among a group of exceptional leaders in Maryland,” Perkins said. “My appreciation extends to The Daily Record for this recognition. UM Capital has the opportunity to enhance healthcare in Prince George’s County and surrounding areas and we are privileged to do so. I am proud of the work we are doing to improve the health and wellness of our patients.”

"Influential Marylanders are inspirational. Their visionary actions earn them great respect from their professional peers and from the greater community," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "They spark innovation and progress, and by doing so, show how truly influential they are in our state. We at The Daily Record are pleased to recognize such an outstanding group of leaders in Maryland."

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UM Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s 28,000 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 13 hospitals. UMMS’ flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore is partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care.  Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. In addition, UMMS operates health insurance plans serving Medicare and Medicaid members. For more information, visit www.umms.org.

About UM Capital Region Health

Providing primary and specialty health care services to Prince George’s County and the neighboring area, University of Maryland Capital Region Health was established in September 2017 upon formal affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and is committed to making a positive impact on the health and well-being of patients and families. University of Maryland Capital Region Health operates the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, University of Maryland Bowie Health Campus, and the University of Maryland Family Health & Wellness Center in Suitland. Together, community physicians and University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) faculty provide clinical expertise across a range of specialties and programs including: acute rehabilitation; anesthesiology; critical and chronic ventilation care; emergency medicine; neonatology (including the County’s highest level neonatal intensive care unit); orthopedics; vascular surgery; a certified and designated primary stroke center; and the State’s second-busiest trauma center. University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty also lead the highly-regarded cardiac surgery program at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center. A new state-of-the-art regional medical center is expected to open in Largo in 2021.  For more information, visit www.umcapitalregion.org.

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