Miller Becomes 1st Woman to Lead Hopkins Hospital

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millerIn the spring 2016 issue of Carey Business, we announced that Redonda Miller (MBA ’04) had just stepped into a new role as senior vice president for medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

A short time later came an even more momentous announcement: Effective July 1, 2016, she would become the 11th president of Johns Hopkins Hospital – and the first woman to hold that position since the hospital’s opening in 1889.

The Carey alumna was selected after a national search co-led by the man she succeeds, Ronald Peterson, and Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty, vice president for medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

In announcing Miller’s appointment, Peterson cited her years of “progressive administrative experience” at Johns Hopkins Medicine, adding, “Her deep understanding and appreciation of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s culture and working knowledge of the Maryland financial rate-setting system make her extremely well-suited to lead at this time in our history.”

In an interview with The Hub, the university’s news website, Miller described some of her goals. “I would like us to focus more on the patient experience,” she said. “Our patients already receive the highest quality of care. I want to make sure every aspect of their experience is a good one.

“Another goal is to ensure that both our front-line providers and nonclinical staff members know how much they are valued and appreciated. The employees are really what make Johns Hopkins great.

“Finally, I want to continue building on the good work that’s being done in our community, particularly after last year’s unrest. Baltimore is our home. Providing training programs and jobs is an essential step toward economic advancement.”

Miller has been a part of the Johns Hopkins community for 28 years, arriving as a medical student and later completing her internship and residency in internal medicine at the hospital she today serves as president. Previously, she was an assistant chief of service and an assistant professor of medicine, before gaining promotion in 2006 to associate professor.

Among other previous positions that Miller held: associate program director of the Osler Medical Residency Training Program, assistant dean for student affairs for the School of Medicine, and vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Medicine.

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