UMMS needs top leader

To The Point

July 30, 2008

With the departure of Edmond F. Notebaert as president and chief executive officer, the University of Maryland Medical System is in need of a world-class leader. UMMS is not only the Baltimore area's third-largest private employer, but it contributes more than $3.5 billion to the state economy when its various member hospitals are factored into the equation.

With so much at stake, the UMMS board of directors should move immediately to begin a serious and thorough national search for its next CEO. That person must have not only a vision for the nonprofit system's role in 21st-century health care but also an understanding of the organization's unique, and sometimes challenging, relationship with state government.

Until such a person is found, we would expect the board to appoint an interim CEO from within the organization as soon as possible. Such an appointee wouldn't necessarily be the ideal long-term choice for the post, but ought to be prepared to tackle the complex job in a proverbial heartbeat.

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