University of Maryland Medical Center Appoints Independent Board of Directors
For immediate release: March 19, 2015
Louise Michaux Gonzales, Esq. Elected Chair; Board Establishment Marks new Governance Structure for the University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, March 19, 2015 – The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), today announced its newly-elected Board of Directors.
The University of Maryland Medical Center serves as a destination campus for the most complex levels of patient care in the State of Maryland. This unique role places UMMC in a central position of influence within the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. The new governance structure will elevate UMMC’s ability to strategically position its services and innovations to bring patients highly complex, efficient and compassionate care.
The new UMMC Board is accountable for the Medical Center’s mission to deliver superior health care, train the next generation of health professionals, and discover ways to improve health outcomes worldwide. The Board’s responsibilities include establishing strategic direction, monitoring performance related to quality and safety, patient satisfaction, regulatory compliance, and elevating mission effectiveness and community benefit.
The new UMMC Board of Directors was selected based on proven business acumen, community engagement and leadership abilities.
“The University of Maryland Medical Center is privileged to have this diverse group of business leaders at the helm,” says Jeffrey A. Rivest, FACHE, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMC. “We spent many months recruiting the very best minds from our community to lead us into the future. Together, we will further strengthen our position as a highly compassionate provider of health care to the residents of our city, state and beyond.”
The UMMC Board will be led by Chair Louise Michaux Gonzales, Esq. Ms. Gonzales is a partner and co-founder at Hylton & Gonzales, a law firm specializing in trusts, special needs trusts, estate planning and probate. Ms. Gonzales was appointed to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2010. She is also currently a Board member of UMMS, and formerly a member of the Boards of First Maryland Disability Trust, the B’More Clubhouse Inc. and the Maryland Legal Mutual Insurance Society.
“UMMC is a unique and sophisticated organization, and a special resource for the entire region. Our care teams integrate research, diagnostics and therapeutics in ways that have the greatest impact on people’s lives. I am extremely honored to lead this new Board, and I look forward to our role in guiding the Medical Center during a period of significant change in the healthcare landscape,” says Gonzales.
Ms. Gonzales is a member of the American Bar Association, where she served on the Board of Governors from 2004-2007, the Maryland State Bar Association, where she served as President from 1991 to 1992, and the Maryland Bar Foundation. A resident of Baltimore, Ms. Gonzales received her BA cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1971, and her JD with honors from the University of Maryland Law School in 1976.
Other members of UMMC’s Board of Directors are:
Calvin G. Butler Jr., Esq. is Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric. Previously, Mr. Butler held leadership positions at RR Donnelley and Exelon. Mr. Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is on the Board of Governors for The Center Club, the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation and is a Governor appointee to the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission. In 2014, Butler served as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk. Mr. Butler received his BA from Bradley University, where he currently serves as Vice President of Board of Trustees, and his JD from the Washington University School of Law.
Harriet E. Cooperman, Esq. is a partner at Saul Ewing LLP where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice. She was previously a partner at Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engelman & Belgrad, PA. Ms. Cooperman is the Vice Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich and Martin O'Malley. She is also a member of the Board of the University System of Maryland Foundation, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and a former Board member of Network 2000. Ms. Cooperman received her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. She received her BS from Cornell University where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial and Labor Relations Forum.
Carol L. Coughlin, CPA is the Chief Executive Officer of BottomLine Growth Strategies, Inc., a growth advisory services company serving high growth companies in the Baltimore/Washington area. Previously, she served as CFO for a number of healthcare companies, including Rush Prudential Health Plans/Wellpoint, Woodhaven Health Services, Prudential Health Plan of the Mid Atlantic and Harmony Health Plan/Wellcare. Ms. Coughlin is the Chairwoman of the Board of Hamilton Bancorp as well as a Board member of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. She received her BS in accounting and business from Towson University and her MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mark L. Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of Transdev North America. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Connex. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in public transportation in Maryland. He is a past-President of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association and founding member and past Chairman of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He sits on numerous boards including the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Mr. Joseph received his BS from American University.
Tim Regan is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Mr. Regan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering. He received his BS from the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy & Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Trautman serves as an Advisory Board member for Academy Health’s Interdisciplinary Research Interest Group on Nursing Issues. She serves on the boards of the Nursing Organization Alliance; Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education; Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC); Tri-Council of Nurses (AACN, ANA, AONE, NLN); Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES); National Advisory Council-Joint Commission; and Nursing Alliance for Quality Care. The Undersecretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs recently appointed her to the National Academic Affiliates Council. Dr. Trautman received her PhD in health policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and her BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Trautman is a 2007/2008 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.
The board also includes six ex-officio voting members:
Stephen A. Burch, JD, Chair of the UMMS Board of Directors
Jeffrey A. Rivest, FACHE, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMC and UMMC Midtown Campus
Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Jay A. Perman, MD, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Peter Rock, MD, MBA, the Dr. Martin Helrich Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at UMMC. Dr. Rock serves as President of the Medical Staff at UMMC.
Previously, the UMMS Board of Directors served as the governing body for UMMC. Structurally and operationally, UMMC and the Medical System had been one-and-the-same since the Medical System was separated from the State of Maryland in 1984. The change in corporate status and governance structure reflects the growth and diversification of the University of Maryland Medical System. Similar to all hospitals within UMMS, UMMC now has a dedicated governing Board. The UMMS Board will continue to provide governance oversight for the health system’s corporate operations, shared services and physician network.
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About the University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is an 800-bed teaching hospital and a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, and women’s and children’s health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All UMMC physicians are on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.umm.edu.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System currently includes 12 health systems and hospitals across Maryland including the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute; University of Maryland Shore Health System; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System, as well as the freestanding University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. UMMS also operates Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a joint venture with Johns Hopkins. For more information, visit www.umms.org.