November 20, 1996
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Kenneth P. Wilczek, M.B.A., has been named executive director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Clinical Practice Association (CPA), the physician group practice representing all the clinical departments and full-time faculty physicians of the School.

In his new role, Wilczek will reshape and expand an organization that began as a billing operation to respond more effectively to a rapidly changing health care environment. "Wilczek brings to Hopkins not only top-notch clinical administrative and management skills and a track record of success, but also a new vision," said Edward D. Miller, Jr., M.D., interim dean of the School of Medicine. "He will take the lead in exploring new operational areas for the Clinical Practice Association, including developing and implementing clinical practice standards, improving patient access and integrating Johns Hopkins Medicine physicians, Johns Hopkins Bayview physicians, and all other non-part-time Hopkins physicians and related clinical services into a coordinated practice."

"Business as usual no longer is sufficient in the era of managed care and increased competition," Wilczek said. "We need a new kind of Clinical Practice Association that responds to the needs of our faculty, our institution, and most importantly, our patients. They need to know that they will continue to receive high-quality care at Hopkins regardless of whether that care is delivered through managed care or any other health care delivery model."

Reporting to Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., interim vice dean for clinical practice, Wilczek's chief responsibilities include planning and coordinating all the CPA's business and financial activities for the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station and the other ambulatory care sites of the CPA. He will participate in Johns Hopkins Medicine initiatives and assist in managed care contracting and strategic clinical initiatives in collaboration with Johns Hopkins HealthCare (JHHC).

Wilczek describes his four major priorities as strengthening patient services, enhancing revenue, restructuring to improve CPA function and developing strategies that allow the CPA to adapt rapidly to market changes.

In addition to serving as the CPA's chief administrative officer, Wilczek, as senior vice president for physician services in JHHC, is responsible for integrating the activities of the CPA and JHHC. He also serves as assistant dean for clinical practice within the School of Medicine.

Wilczek was recruited from the University of Miami (UM) School of Medicine, where he served as associate vice president for medical affairs and managing director of the UM Medical Group. Prior to joining UM, Wilczek was executive director and treasurer of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Inc., in Chicago, Ill., where over a 12-year period he helped guide its development into one of the nation's leading integrated faculty practice organizations.

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