October 23, 2002
MEDIA CONTACT: Mary A. Madden
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Cook To Head Hopkins Community Physicians
Barbara G. Cook, M.D., has been named president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP), a large regional primary care group practice, with more than 100 full-time staff physicians practicing at 18 health centers statewide. Prior to being named president of the Johns Hopkins Medicine affiliate, Cook was vice president for medical affairs and then acting president. Her appointment was announced by Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
When Cook joined JHCP in January 2000, she was responsible for developing a new physician compensation model reflecting changes in the medical insurance reimbursement industry. Additionally, she provided clinical leadership to the health care staff and standardized staffing levels within the organization.
Prior to joining JHCP, Cook served as vice president and medical director for MedStar Physicians in Baltimore. She also worked as senior vice president and medical director for HelixCare, Inc. for four years. She served on the Board of Governors of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans for two years and as a family physician at the Ochsner Clinic for nine years. Cook served in the National Health Service Corps as director of the Outpatient Clinic at the Welch Emergency Hospital in Welch, W.Va. She received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA.
According to Cook, she takes the helm at JHCP at a difficult time in health care. "I've grown accustomed to the changing environment in health care and know what a test it will be to lead this organization into a demanding future," she says. "But we must and will respond to these changes in a way that continues to give our patients the superior care they are accustomed to while strengthening our own organization."
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians serves primary medical care needs through a network of 18 health centers statewide. This kind of community-based health care has proved to be convenient and affordable for diverse groups of JHCP patients: those with private commercial insurance, medical assistance, or who are part of a unique contract for military beneficiaries through the Department of Defense called the US Family Health Plan. JHCP provides internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and OB/Gyn practitioners, as well as a wide range of other primary care services, to patients during more than 400,000 visits annually.