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Jennifer Nickoles: Biographies

Jennifer Nickoles, M.S.

Vice President, System Integration and Affiliations
Jennifer Nickoles

As vice president of system integration and affiliations for Johns Hopkins, Jennifer is responsible for integrating our Johns Hopkins Health System network of hospitals across Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Florida; and leading the Office of Healthcare Transformation and Strategic Planning. She is responsible for developing and implementing Johns Hopkins Medicine’s strategic plan, as well as overseeing management and expansion of affiliations and partnerships with regional hospitals and health systems.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer led a joint team with representatives from the state of Maryland and Baltimore City, as well as leaders from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System, to stand up a 250-bed state-licensed COVID-19 field hospital at the Baltimore Convention Center (BCCFH). She held the position of chief operating officer and now serves in a governing role as a member of the BCCFH Oversight Committee. The field hospital is the longest-running facility of its kind and has expanded its mission several times — incorporating a regional supply chain hub, providing walk-in coronavirus testing, and administering vaccines and monoclonal antibodies in addition to providing acute care for patients with COVID-19.

Prior to this role, Jennifer served as chief of staff for Johns Hopkins Medicine, developing and ensuring the coordination and execution of JHM strategic initiatives and the governance structure of JHM. As a senior advisor to the dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of JHM, and the president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of JHM, she helped develop the five-year roadmap to expand JHM markets, the clinical delivery system and academic programs. As the director of the Office of Faculty and Research Resources, she designed and launched a senior faculty retirement program and the Academy at Johns Hopkins, a post-retirement college for emeritus faculty members at the schools of medicine, nursing and public health. During that time, she also created an institutional framework to manage more than 120 core facilities and implemented an enterprise-wide, web-based software program.

Jennifer began her career with Johns Hopkins in 1996 as a space management data coordinator in the school of medicine’s facilities management department. Over the next 20 years, she took on increasing levels of responsibility and served in a variety of operations, finance and management roles within the Department of Medicine in the divisions of nephrology, rheumatology, and pulmonary and critical care. She earned her bachelor of science in business and management as the Delta Sigma Pi Scholar from The Johns Hopkins University, as well as a master of science in real estate.  Jennifer also completed the Leading Transformation for Value-based Health Care executive program through the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is a Carol Emmott Fellow. 

She currently serves as a board member for Howard County General Hospital and is the co-chair of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign. Jennifer is passionate about mentoring and serves as a preceptor for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MHA residency program. She resides in Maryland with her husband and four sons.

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