He is also named Associate Dean at the UM School of Medicine
John W. Ashworth III, chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, will be promoted to senior vice president for network development with the University of Maryland Medical System, according to Edmond F. Notebaert, president and CEO of the Medical System. In support of this position, and in recognition of the essential partnership between the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System, Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, has appointed Ashworth to the position of associate dean for the School of Medicine.
In his new position, Ashworth will focus on developing the system’s statewide network, directing acquisition strategies, and working to strengthen partnerships with hospitals and physician groups throughout Maryland. Additionally, he will continue to serve as the Medical System’s principal liaison to the Shock Trauma Center and other hospital emergency services, as well as to community-based health advocacy and support groups relating to trauma and emergency care.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major teaching hospital that is part of the six-hospital University of Maryland Medical System.
“During more than 30 years with our Medical System and working closely with the School of Medicine, John has established an impressive record of achievement in many areas, including the rejuvenation of the physical plant with new patient-centered facilities and extensive technological improvements, supporting the development of high quality clinical programs, building strong external partnerships and physician relationships and leading innovative workforce development initiatives. He is perhaps best known for his role in developing and leading Maryland’s world-renowned Shock Trauma Center,” says Notebaert.
“Adding John to the dean's staff at the School of Medicine will bring great value to our expanded interactions with other affiliated institutions,” says Wilson.
Prior to becoming CEO of the Medical Center, Ashworth served as its chief operating officer. He had previously been director of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and had also served as senior vice president for strategic planning and program development.
“I have been envisioning the creation of this role in Medical System Network Development for some time and knew that John would be the right person for the job. We are very fortunate to have someone with John’s expertise and experience to assume this important role in network development,” says Notebaert.
Ashworth has held numerous national leadership posts, including chairman of the Hospital Council of the American Trauma Society and president of the American Trauma Society. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and an M.H.A. degree from George Washington University. He is on the faculty in the Department of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“My goal is to build on the progress both the Medical System and the School of Medicine have already achieved as a thriving network of hospitals and outpatient facilities, and I look forward to strengthening our relationships with many internal and external partners in order to further our position as Maryland’s premier health care network,” says Ashworth.
A search is underway for the new CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Ashworth will assist Medical System leadership in the transition while a successor is being sought.
The University of Maryland Medical System was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, not-for-profit organization. It has evolved into a six-hospital system with more than 10,700 employees and 1,650 licensed beds. Its academic, community and specialty service missions help patients from throughout Maryland as well as the Mid-Atlantic region and the nation.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine was established in 1807. It is the fifth oldest -- and first public -- medical school in the United States and the first to institute a residency training program. The UM School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland.
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