For Immediate Release March 12, 2024


Michael Schwartzberg:

Peggy Norton-Rosko

Following a nationwide search, Peggy Norton-Rosko, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has been named Chief Nurse Executive for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), an academic-focused system which employs more than 9,300 nurses, effective May 20th. 

Norton-Rosko brings more than three decades of nursing experience and leadership, including positions where her work has played a pivotal role in enhancing clinical outcomes, maximizing cost-effectiveness, building cohesive teams and expanding clinical programs to meet the evolving demands of the healthcare industry.

“Peggy’s extensive experience in nursing, hospital operations and process improvement across various healthcare settings will be instrumental in propelling UMMS forward,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, the System’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The hiring of great leaders like Peggy is crucial to our mission. Her proven track record of fostering team development and leading through innovation is exactly what our System needs as we continue to transform healthcare and make a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”

Most recently, Norton-Rosko served as the Regional Chief Nursing Officer for Trinity Health's Illinois and Indiana regions, where she oversaw nursing practices across a network that included an academic medical center, two community hospitals and a large ambulatory care network. She also served as an affiliate faculty member with the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

“I am honored and excited to join the team at UMMS,” said Norton-Rosko. “I am committed to supporting the established tradition of nursing excellence and looking forward to working with the team to create innovative approaches to patient care and nursing practice.”

Norton-Rosko brings experience leading a health system on a journey to become a high reliability organization, which UMMS is currently engaged in. While at Trinity Health, she served as interim president at Loyola MacNeal Hospital, where she was responsible for the regional implementation of Trinity Health’s high reliability journey to zero harm and spearheaded efforts that significantly reduced patient falls and improved Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury rates. Prior, Norton-Rosko worked in a variety of nursing leadership roles, including serving as the Chief Nursing Officer at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC and the System Chief Nursing Officer at Centegra Health System in Illinois. 

Norton-Rosko joins UMMS as Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, BCC, FAONL, FAAN, departs the System this summer following a 42-year nursing career, including the last 17 years with UMMS, where she currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Nursing and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state’s future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System’s anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit