Ronald Peterson has been appointed president of The Johns
Hopkins Hospital, effective Dec. 17, 1996. The appointment was
announced "in recognition of the superb leadership he has
provided as acting president" by university president William
Brody and George Bunting, chairman of the boards of Johns Hopkins
Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins
The hospital's 10th president since it opened in 1889, Peterson will also continue to serve as president of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a position he has held since 1984, and as acting president of the Hopkins Health System. He became acting president of the hospital and health system in September.
At Bayview, Peterson directed a $100 million physical redevelopment program and turned a $7 million a year loss under city ownership into a $5 million a year surplus.
In June 1995 he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Johns Hopkins Health System, positions he still holds, in order to bring stronger coordination and cohesion to the health system's operations and strategic planning. He is also chairman of the Hopkins Medical Services Corporation, another key component of the health system, and a director of the Hopkins Home Care Group and the Dome Corporation.
He has served as a director of the administrative board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, a component of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
A Hopkins alumnus with a graduate degree in hospital administration from George Washington University, Peterson began his career at Hopkins Hospital in 1973 as an administrative resident. He became administrator of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic in 1974 and later of the Hopkins Children's Center and of Hopkins Hospital's Cost Improvement Program.
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