July 1, 1998
Completing merger plans swiftly, Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) formally became a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine at 11:59 p.m. yesterday and today will unveil HCGH's modified name and logo -- Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The first public display of the new name and logo will take place this morning at 10:30 in the main lobby of HCGH.
"This partnership gives us the resources to improve access and expand services for the communities we serve," says HCGH president Victor A. Broccolino. "Look for satellite ambulatory care centers, improvements to Howard County General's Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging departments, Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit and Special Care Nursery, as well as other service line enhancements." "We celebrate Howard County General Hospital's proud past and exciting future," says Edward D. Miller, M.D., chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "We are committed to preserving the best of this wonderful community asset while positioning it to serve its community and community physicians better in the future."
Characterized as a "reunion" because of Hopkins' involvement 25 years ago in establishing HCGH's predecessor, the partnership also means that funds will be available for HCGH's five-year strategic plan and five-year capital replacement plan. In addition, beginning in 1999, Hopkins will fund a new, community-based foundation to enhance the health and wellness of Howard Countians.
Hopkins also has agreed that HCGH's Board of Trustees will be comprised of two-thirds Howard County residents not affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The merger further provides that key representatives of HCGH will be appointed to the board and Executive Committee of Johns Hopkins Medicine. These new JHM board members include Alton J. Scavo, chair of HCGH's board, and Beverly M. Wilhide, vice chair. In addition, Steven A. Geller, M.D., president of HCGH's professional staff, will serve on the board of The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation.
Officials at Hopkins and HCGH express satisfaction at how smoothly the initial transition has gone. "The good fit between Hopkins and HCGH really has made the merger a painless process," says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Adds Miller, "Because of the high level of accord, we can focus and devote our energies on our shared short-term and long-term goals and objectives." These include growth in patient volume and preference, physician relationships, managed care contracts, community goodwill and continued recruitment of the best staff.
"During a time when hospital mergers and partnerships, especially in Maryland, have been extremely problematic, the overwhelming sense of good will and excitement about synergistic opportunities generated by the Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital merger is particularly gratifying," says George L. Bunting Jr., outgoing chairman of the boards of Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Johns Hopkins Medicine is known worldwide for medical research and highly innovative medical care. The organization unites the physicians and faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, physicians and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Health System to cover a full spectrum of activities in teaching, research and patient care. The $1.7 billion enterprise includes two other acute-care hospitals -- The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center -- as well as the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center and all aspects of an integrated health care delivery system, including suburban satellites, such as the recently expanded outpatient center at Green Spring Station, an 18-site ambulatory care practice and a home care group.
Howard County General Hospital, which provides coordinated health care services to residents of Howard County and surrounding communities at numerous facilities, was founded 25 years ago as Columbia Hospital and Clinics Foundation, a joint project of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. It was reorganized one year later as Howard County General Hospital, a private, not-for-profit community hospital.
Since then, HCGH has grown into a 233-bed, comprehensive, acute-care medical center that provides a broad range of services, including women's and children's services, internal medicine, family practice, orthopedics, surgery, cardiology, oncology, gerontology, psychiatry, emergency services and community health education. It is the county's fifth largest employer, with nearly 1,200 full- and part-time employees. The 600-member medical staff represents 34 specialties and subspecialties.