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June 5, 2009- Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC (JHHC), the managed care arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), has signed an agreement with The Winkenwerder Company LLC for strategic consulting services, a move designed to build on and expand Johns Hopkins’ longstanding relationships with government health agencies.
Under terms of the contract with Winkenwerder, founded by William Winkenwerder Jr., M.D., M.B.A., who is also a former assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and longtime health industry expert, the company will provide consulting services to several entities of the Johns Hopkins Institutions, including JHHC, JHM and some components of The Johns Hopkins University. It will also help guide the development of “innovative solutions for government health care payers and related federal agencies,” according to Patricia Brown, president of JHHC.
One of the first projects will be the design of research and clinical programs to benefit returning, wounded military personnel and their families. Johns Hopkins has a 27-year partnership with the Department of Defense, collaborating in many areas to provide advanced care and research. Since 1993, Johns Hopkins has administered the US Family Health Plan for active-duty family members and retirees and their families residing in Maryland and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Johns Hopkins in support of important efforts to strengthen its leading role today in health care in the United States and even worldwide. Hopkins has so much to offer, not only as a thought leader, but also as a provider of cutting-edge research and education programs and world-class medical care and community health,” said Winkenwerder.
In addition, Johns Hopkins and Winkenwerder officials say they will work together to design and promote model programs for increasing healthy behaviors, preventing and managing chronic diseases, and improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.
The company also is expected to assist Johns Hopkins with electronic patient record technologies and to identify opportunities for further federal support for basic and applied research projects.
Executives at Johns Hopkins and Winkenwerder noted that strong academic medical centers are in a good position to develop and promote innovative and more effective models of care, while also bringing new treatments and better education to patients and their communities. “There are many exciting new opportunities for Johns Hopkins Medicine to work even more closely with the federal government, and we can certainly benefit from Dr. Winkenwerder’s expertise in helping bring these opportunities to fruition,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of the Johns Hopkins Health System.
The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine has provided international leadership in the education of physicians and medical scientists in biomedical research and in the application of medical knowledge to sustain health since The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889. The Health System includes three acute-care hospitals—The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital—which together provide an integrated health care delivery system. Johns Hopkins Medicine has been the largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding for the past 14 years. Since 1992, Johns Hopkins has administered the US Family Health Plan for members of the military and their families throughout Maryland and parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.
Founded in 2007 by William Winkenwerder Jr., M.D., M.B.A., who served as assistant secretary of defense for health affairs from 2001 to 2007 and also for more than 20 years in private industry and academic medicine, The Winkenwerder Company provides strategic consulting services to companies and health care organizations, including many of today’s leading health care innovators. Dr. Winkenwerder is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at North Carolina Memorial Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine. He also completed a fellowship in epidemiology and health services research at the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The Winkenwerder Company and its team of associates in based in Alexandria, Va.
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