Maryland General Hospital President and CEO Sylvia Smith Johnson Named One of "100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know"

For immediate release: October 11, 2012


Denise I. Papathakis, M.A. | 410-225-8352

BALTIMORE, MD, – Becker's Hospital Review has included Maryland General Hospital President and CEO Sylvia Smith Johnson among its annual list of "100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know." The 100 women were selected based upon their outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry including their management and leadership skills pertaining to oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

Smith Johnson was named Maryland General's president and CEO in June 2006 and has nearly 30 years of hospital experience. Smith Johnson was named Interim President and CEO of Maryland General in November 2005, having previously served as COO. From 1976 to 2004, she held increasingly responsible roles at the University of Maryland Medical Center, including Vice President for Operations.

"At Maryland General, our mission is to improve the health of our community through superior, compassionate care and medical education in partnership with our physicians and employees," says Smith Johnson. "It's an honor for me in my role at Maryland General to be recognized by Becker's Hospital Review. I enjoy the challenges facing today's hospital leaders, which include enabling a team to provide the highest quality patient care in the most efficient manner."

Under Smith Johnson's leadership, Maryland General Hospital received the 2012 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care (DFMC), which is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Maryland. The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement.

Maryland General Hospital was also recently ranked among the Top 25 "Best Hospitals in Maryland" by U.S. News & World Report, earning high marks for its diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, geriatric and pulmonology programs.

For more from Smith Johnson, including her insights on the role of women leaders in healthcare, read a related Becker's Hospital Review article


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.

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a private, not-for-profit network of 11 academic, community and specialty hospitals located across Maryland. UMMS employs nearly 15,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the state and generating $3.5 billion in economic activity. In fiscal year 2011, the system's hospitals, which have about 2,300 beds, recorded a total of 121,401 patient admissions, more than any other health care provider in Maryland.