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  Elias Zerhouni, M.D
  Elias Zerhouni, M.D.

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In its continuing efforts to position itself as a fully integrated academic health care system, Johns Hopkins Medicine has announced plans to integrate Suburban Hospital Healthcare System into the Johns Hopkins Health System. Though the proposed transaction will not involve financial exchanges, nor will Suburban Hospital’s name, leadership or day-to-day operations change, the Montgomery County-based facility is expected to become a wholly owned subsidiary corporation of the health system and member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in early fall, 2009. “Suburban is strong financially, very highly regarded in its community and located virtually on the doorstep of the nation’s capital,” said Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson. “Having it as part of the Hopkins family provides us the critical mass to better position ourselves to provide an integrated, regional approach to care that we anticipate the future will demand.”

What’s in a Name
Based on name alone, the average consumer might well be puzzled about the type of services an outpatient facility has to offer. So found a recent survey of consumers surrounding Johns Hopkins Medicine’s ambulatory care centers at Green Spring Station, White Marsh, Odenton and Cedar Lane. Though many of those interviewed recognized these facilities as medical buildings, some thought they were administrative or research offices. To enhance patients’ understanding, the centers have been newly christened “Health Care and Surgery Centers.”

 

 

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