October 27, 1994
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Terence T. Cunningham, M.A., a veteran of more than 27 years in hospital administration for the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed vice president of administration at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He assumed his duties on Sept. 19.

For the last two years, Cunningham has been chief executive officer of the 1,000- bed Willford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, a university-affiliated, worldwide medical referral facility for the Air Force.

In this capacity, he directed a $300 million budget and a staff of 4,500 that annually handled 1.3 million outpatient visits, 28,000 admissions and three million prescriptions-the equivalent of a Kaiser Permanente model HMO.

"Mr. Cunningham has had a distinguished career in the Air Force," said Gennaro J. Vasile, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hopkins Hospital, in announcing his appointment. "A seasoned executive, he possesses a unique background, with operational knowledge as well as extensive administrative experience with major academic medical centers and managed-care organizations."

"It is an inspiring challenge to have the opportunity to join a world-renowned organization such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the midst of a very exciting time in American medicine," Cunningham noted. "I look forward to sharing my experiences, as well as being exposed to many of the Hopkins traditions."

Before his assignment at Willford Hall, Cunningham, 51, had served in various administrative positions at Air Force facilities, including Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio; Office of the Air Force Command Surgeon in Belleville, Hl.; Torrejon Hospital in Madrid, Spain; David Grant Medical Geld, Calif.; the Air Force Center, FairInspector General's Office, San Bernadino, Calif., and the Rhein Mein Clinic in Frankfurt Germany.

He has been a consultant to the national Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations for implementing total quality management and served as a contributing editor for the JCAHO's textbook on total quality management. In addition, Cunningham has been a member of numerous professional associations.

He received his master's degree in hospital administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1974 and a bachelor's degree in microbiology from California State University in Los Angeles in 1967.

Cunningham and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Wendy, 25, and Tom, 21.

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