December 20, 1996
Media Contact: Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-8659

Judy A. Reitz, Sc.D., who has held numerous clinical and administrative leadership positions at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center over the past 15 years, has been named Senior Vice President-Operations for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective December 23. She has been Vice President of Operations Integration for the Health System since October 1995.

Making the announcement of Reitz's new role in a newly created post, Hospital President Ronald R. Peterson said the move "reflects our ongoing plans to organize all of our operations around patient care, with clinical care and service quality supported by responsive, streamlined operations. We must act more efficiently, more effectively and more quickly to meet the challenges of a changing health care market."

Peterson, whose appointment as the 10th president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital came December 17, said Reitz's experience building teams and forging collaboration within the Health System and reorganizing patient care and administrative services "make her the ideal choice to help us take the next big step as we tackle the significant challenges of managed care and the new integrated method of delivering health care services to diverse groups at competitive prices."

In her new post, Reitz will be responsible for integration of hospital operations, including support, administrative and patient care related services. She will continue to lead reengineering and cost reduction efforts and spearhead service and performance improvement initiatives. She also plans to devote significant efforts to further collaboration across components of Hopkins related to health care, including Johns Hopkins Health Care, the School of Medicine's Clinical Practice Association, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation and Johns Hopkins Home Care.

"The health care industry is in the midst of profound change, and we must redefine and transform our patient care delivery and administrative systems with new levels of creativity, team spirit and consolidated bottom line mentality. This is essential if we are to continue meeting the challenges associated with excellence in providing care, discovering knowledge and educating future health care leaders in a competitive marketplace," Reitz said. "I plan to devote significant effort to team building, forging new linkages and mobilizing the extraordinary talent at Johns Hopkins. All of us involved in delivering and managing health care must adopt a collaborative team spirit in all we do and reaffirm our commitment to providing service that equals our clinical care and our science."

Reitz retains her posts as Vice President-Operations Integration for The Johns Hopkins Health System and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Reitz holds a doctoral degree in health finance and management from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and an advanced nursing degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She began her career at Hopkins as Director of Nursing Practice in 1981.

She and her family live in Cockeysville, Maryland.

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