September 30, 1997
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William M. Kent has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation (MSC). He has served as vice president for clinical operations at MSC for the last two and a half years.

In a letter announcing the appointment, Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System, praised Kent's outstanding leadership qualities. "He has improved operations dramatically at the seventeen sites managed by the Medical Services Corporations."

Kent began his career at Hopkins as manager of ambulatory care operations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989. In 1991, he became director of administrative services for the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center before joining the MSC in 1995.

"At a time when Hopkins faces many challenges in the evolving health care marketplace, the Medical Services Corporation remains committed to bringing Hopkins quality health care to the communities it serves throughout Maryland," said Kent.

Kent earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Wittenberg University before obtaining a masters in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine in 1987. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Karen, and their two-year-old daughter, Lauren.

He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Society for Ambulatory Care Professionals.

Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation is a non-profit, wholly owned affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Health System and provides primary and secondary care to families at 17 sites throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Annapolis, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Columbia, Frederick, Hagerstown, Laurel, Pasadena, Perry Hall, Rockville, and Westminister. MSC provides health care services to approximately 100,000 members of the Prudential Health Care Plan, FreeState Health Plan, Chesapeake Health Plan, Uniformed Services Family Plan, as well as private, fee-for-service patients. <

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