July 28, 1998
Edward K. Dunn Jr., chairman of the board of Mercantile Mortgage Corporation, has been elected chairman of the board for Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), The Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective July 1. Dunn succeeds outgoing chairman George L. Bunting Jr., who served as chairman of the Hospital and Health System boards since 1994 and of Johns Hopkins Medicine's board since its establishment in 1996.
Known for his local business and civic leadership, Dunn also is chairman of the Development Committee of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and vice-chairman of the board of The Johns Hopkins University and the Robert Garrett Fund for the Surgical Treatment of Children.
In his role as business leader, Dunn is director of AEGON USA, AIM Funds, Baltimore Equitable Society, and PAICE Corporation. As a civic leader, Dunn also is a trustee of the Marion Burk Knott Scholarship Fund, Evergreen House Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Greenmount Cemetery, the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium, the Anna Emory Warfield Fund, the Ralph C. Heller Foundation, the Gottschalk Foundation Inc., and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Endowment Fund.
Previously, Dunn was president of both Mercantile Safe-Deposit and Trust Company and its parent, Mercantile Bankshares. He was a general partner of Alex Brown and Sons and president and CEO of Robert Garrett and Sons Inc.
"Johns Hopkins is a treasured resource of the community, the nation, and indeed, the world," Dunn said. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve it."
Other changes to the Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) board of directors include the appointments of Alton J. Scavo, senior vice president of The Rouse Company and chair of Howard County General Hospital's (HCGH) board of trustees, and Beverly M. Wilhide, chief assistant to the Howard County Executive and vice chair of Howard County General's board. Both also will serve on JHM's executive committee.
The appointments of the chairman and vice-chairman fulfilled commitments made as part of the recent merger between Howard County General Hospital and JHM. The hospital is now known as Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Scavo, who also is director of community development and general manager of the Town of Columbia in Maryland for The Rouse Company, brings 25 years of experience with the Columbia community. He is a member of the board of directors for the Columbia Festival of the Arts and has served on numerous non-profit, community boards.
"I am honored to represent Howard County General Hospital on the Johns Hopkins Medicine board and hope to assist members in providing a perspective that will help enhance health services for the community and our relationship with Johns Hopkins Medicine," Scavo said.
Wilhide brings a similar knowledge of Howard County and the role of HCGH in the community. In addition to serving as a trustee for HCGH, Wilhide is a member of the boards of directors for the Partnership for a Quality Community, Leadership Howard County and the Baltimore-Washington International Partnership.
In her role as chief assistant to the county executive, Wilhide chairs the Information Systems Steering Committee and the Year 2000 Task Force, and represents the county in the regional transportation planning process and has also been involved with a variety of community organizations and boards.
"I look forward to serving with the board, uniting my experience with a community hospital system with the internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Medicine," said Wilhide. "This merger will expand the availability and delivery of quality health care to an even broader community."
"We are fortunate to have on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine people with the professional excellence and commitment to community that Eddie Dunn, Beverly Wilhide and Alton Scavo so abundantly demonstrate," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "I look forward to working closely with them and the other board members to not only preserve, but to enhance all the components of Johns Hopkins Medicine. It is our special duty to ensure that as a member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine family, Howard County General Hospital continues to serve the people of Howard County and surrounding communities now, and in the future."