November 9, 1994
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John J. Hutchins, M.A., who has presided over a dramatic growth in international patient admissions at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the last eight years, has been appointed director of International Patient Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He assumed his new position on October 25.

Hutchins' duties will include responsibility for foreign patient services, marketing programs and education similar to those at Cleveland. At Hopkins, the international office also assists patients and their representatives, and coordinates all aspects of admissions and stays, with the help of interpreters fluent in 36 languages.

"At Cleveland Clinic, John built the annual volume of international business from $7 million to $70 million," said James A. Block, M.D., president and chief executive officer of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in announcing Hutchins' selection.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity and challenge presented at the world-class Johns Hopkins Hospital," said Hutchins, 53, a veteran of 25 years' experience in hospital administration, ranging from an administrative residency at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1969 to his recent role as director of the Interaational Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

In bolstering the volume of foreign admissions at Cleveland, Hutchins crafted a five-year marketing plan aimed at attracting patient referrals, including initiating affiliation agreements with 24 foreign professional societies, foreign governments and/or medical institutions.

He also planned 35 medical conferences that were held in 17 counties over the last six years and initiated seven managed-care contracts with foreign governments. His plan extended to establishing medical service contracts with international corporations and holding annual education programs for physicians from 40 nations.

From 1980 to 1985, Hutchins was senior associate administrator and chief operating officer at the 375-bed Al Hada hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, which included two acute-care facilities, an ambulatory care center and a 100-bed rehabilitation institute.

For the previous five years, he was an associate administrator and chief operating officer for the 500-bed hospital, ambulatory center and regional emergency service at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He was an assistant administrator there from 1970 to 1975.

His professional affliations include the International Hospital Federation and the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Hutchins received his master's degree in health-care administration from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970 and a bachelor's degree in science and business administration from Oregon State University in 1965.

Hutchins and his wife, Linda, an adult nurse practitioner for 22 years, have four children, Angie 28; Beth, 23; Amy, 21, and Christopher, 20.

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