Maryland General Hospital President & CEO Honored by SmartCEO

For immediate release: July 14, 2011

Sylvia Smith Johnson inducted into Brava! Awards Hall of Fame

Baltimore, MD – Sylvia Smith Johnson, President and CEO of Maryland General Hospital, has been inducted into the SmartCEO magazine Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards Hall of Fame.

Smith Johnson was one of the first winners of the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award in 2007, the award's inaugural year. Each year, the award recognizes 25 female business leaders from the greater Baltimore area who possess both a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for giving back to their communities. This year, SmartCEO also honored past winners of the Business Achievement Award with admission to the newly created Hall of Fame to recognize their continued leadership within their businesses and communities. One woman from each of the four previous classes of awardees was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Smith Johnson represented the 2007 class.

Smith Johnson was honored at a special evening program hosted at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum on July 13th for her strong, focused leadership at Maryland General. Under her guidance, the hospital has undertaken and completed a 97,000-square-foot, $57 million core facilities replacement project, which includes new state-of-the-art operating suites, an 18-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a post anesthesia care unit (PACU)/ preoperative suite, a new pharmacy, and expanded laboratory space. In addition, during her five years as President and CEO, Smith Johnson has ensured that Maryland General continued and expanded its long history of providing care and education to the community the hospital serves.

"The essential core of our mission is to provide quality care and health education to the people and communities that rely on Maryland General," she explained. "As a community hospital, we provide a range of services including free health screenings, free health education, and more as part of our commitment to helping the people of our community lead healthier lives."

Smith Johnson is also active in a number of industry organizations, including the American Hospital Resource and Materials Managers Association, the Maryland Association of Health Executives, and PRIME, a purchasing group for the Maryland Hospital Association.

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About Maryland General Hospital

Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.