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Keeping Up with the Johnses
New guidelines help sort out institutional names.

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While a certain American president has trouble remembering the s in John(s) Hopkins, even department heads may flinch if asked to explain how Johns Hopkins Medicine differs from Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Why the confusion? According to Joanne Pollak, vice president and general counsel of Johns Hopkins Medicine, many Hopkins entities were created in the 1980s to respond to such regulatory and legal matters as certificates of need and IRS rules. Some, like Johns Hopkins HealthCare and Johns Hopkins International, were formed only in the last decade. And to complicate things further, many of these youngsters belong to several organizational families.

Pollak estimates there are between 35 and 40 entities in the ever-expanding Hopkins Medicine firmament. But you need to know only half of them to succeed in the following instructional exercise, based on Guidelines for the Correct Use of the Johns Hopkins Names, a document developed by Pollak and Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications (www.insidehopkinsmedicine.org/hopkinsnames.)

So, in the spirit of institutional taxonomy, grab your thinking cap––and no peeking at your ID badge!

Q. What is the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS)?
 It’s a term used to refer to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc., Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Inc., Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs Inc., and Howard County General Hospital. It does not include the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, but it does include The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation. It’s also important to realize that JHHS is not a legal entity.

Q. Why is it necessary to know its legal status?
We need to correctly identify the appropriate legal entity in contracts and when applying for grants and licenses. For instance, people sometimes refer to Johns Hopkins Medicine as if it were a corporation, but JHM is not a legal entity. It cannot “do” anything legally, such as sign contracts in that name.

Q. Is the Health System the same as The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation?
No. The corporation’s name refers only
to the single legal entity that employs roughly 1,100 people who support several other legal Hopkins entities with legal, financial, human resources and compliance services.

Q. What is Johns Hopkins Medicine?
Johns Hopkins Medicine is an operational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation. When we refer to JHM, we’re including the School, the Health System and several other organizations: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc., Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Inc., Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs Inc., Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC, The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Inc. and subsidiaries, and Johns Hopkins Medicine International LLC.

Q. And  Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions?
This term is often used to refer to the Johns Hopkins organizations located in East Baltimore. These include the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Q. How about Johns Hopkins Institutions?
Gather the entities in JHHS and JHM, then add The Johns Hopkins University.


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