For Immediate Release April 24, 2018

BALTIMORE - (April 24, 2018) – The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) today announced several changes to its executive leadership team focused on achieving strategic goals as the premier health care system serving Maryland and the region.  In pursuit of optimizing performance in delivering exceptional quality, safety and patient experience, as well as population health management in an evolving health care delivery environment, new leaders have been appointed to oversee key functions. 

Michelle A. Gourdine, MD has been named Senior Vice President for Population Health and Primary Care for UMMS, where she will oversee efforts across the System to both develop and implement population health strategies and deliver primary care services in hospitals, clinics and other care sites.  A particular focus of Dr. Gourdine’s will be working with UMMS’ newest member, UM Capital Region Health, serving Prince George’s County.  A veteran of more than two decades in medicine and public health leadership and a former member of the UMMS Board of Directors, Dr. Gourdine served as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and as Health Officer and Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health. Dr. Gourdine serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a Senior Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Gourdine is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was a resident in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and practiced community-based pediatrics from 1991–1995. She is secretary of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and serves as chair of the Committee on Education Policy and Student Life.

Keith Persinger, MBA, has been named to the newly-created role of Chief Performance Improvement Officer at UMMS, a position that will operationalize a new performance improvement structure and focus across UMMS to enhance operating and financial performance.  Persinger has held executive-level roles of increasing responsibility since joining the University of Maryland Medical Center in 1993 following several years as a healthcare consultant with KPMG.  At UMMC, Persinger has served as Vice President of Finance and Senior Vice President of Finance; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  His areas of responsibility have included patient care services, hospital operations, financial management, strategic management, decision and operations support, financial and capital planning, debt management and oversight of physician services contracting with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Persinger holds both BS and MBA degrees in finance from Loyola College.

Leonard Taylor, Jr. has been named Senior Vice President for Asset Planning for UMMS.  In his new role, Taylor will provide executive leadership and professional project management over initiatives focused on improving patient outcomes while increasing operational efficiency and reducing waste through both UMMS facility-related projects as well as planning and change management with external communities.  Taylor has served in various leadership positions at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 2005, including most recently as UMMC’s Senior Vice President, Operations and Support Services.  As an operational leader for UMMC, Taylor served as project executive on several major initiatives including the design and construction of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Tower and the Epic electronic medical record implementation. .  Taylor holds a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, a M.F.A. in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and a MBA from the George Washington University.  He was previously the principal of an architectural and facilities practices firm and a senior facilities executive at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 – 2005.

“Our entire university-based health system must continually strive to accelerate improvement in how we deliver safe, high quality patient care and how we operate in today’s increasingly complex health care delivery environment.  These changes to the UMMS executive leadership team are a reflection of our commitment to insuring we deliver the best possible care -- in and out of the hospital setting. Our focus on continuous performance improvement is in the best interest of our patients and the communities we serve,” said Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. “I am pleased to have a talented team leading the way.”

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 25,000 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 14 hospitals.  UMMS’ flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, 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