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Dome - A New Member of the Johns Hopkins Family

Dome January/February 2014

A New Member of the Johns Hopkins Family

Date: January 1, 2014

Steven Snelgrove
Steven Snelgrove

Steven Snelgrove, who most recently served as president of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, N.C., will take the helm of Howard County General Hospital on Jan. 16. The new president succeeds Victor Broccolino, the hospital’s president and CEO since 1990.

In a message to staff, Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean/CEO Paul Rothman and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson praised Snelgrove’s “breadth of experience with both community hospitals and academic medical centers.”

Snelgrove, 56, joined the Wake Forest University Baptist Health System in 1989 as director of facility planning and construction. In 1993, he became the hospital vice president of operations and has served as acting chief operating officer and vice president of human resources at the main academic campus. In 2011, he was named chief operating officer of two community hospitals in the system, the 94-bed Lexington Medical Center and the 81-bed Davie Medical Center, becoming their president in 2012.

Snelgrove says his first priority at Howard County General will be to “meet board members, physicians and employees to learn the vision and culture” of the 253-bed, 1,700-employee hospital, which was founded in 1973 and became affiliated with Johns Hopkins in 1998. “We want to make sure we embrace the community; provide high-quality, safe and compassionate patient care; have a strong balance sheet; and that we position ourselves for success in the evolving health care environment,” he says.

He says he welcomes the challenges of leadership during a period of profound health care changes “as we transition from a volume-based delivery system to one that is value-based.”

Snelgrove grew up in South Windsor, Conn., earning his undergraduate degree in health systems management from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the North Carolina health system, he worked in management for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, a 714-bed teaching hospital in Hartford, Conn, and at Baystate Medical Center, a 1,100-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, Mass.

The new president and his wife, Joyce, a realtor, will move to Howard County with their son, Scott, a college freshman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

—Karen Nitkin