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DR. JAMES A. BLOCK TO HEAD JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL

 DR. JAMES A. BLOCK TO HEAD JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
 CLEVELAND, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. James A. Block, president


and chief executive officer of University Hospitals of Cleveland, has been selected after a nationwide search to be the next chief executive of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System of Baltimore. He will succeed Dr. Robert M. Heyssel as president and CEO; Heyssel is retiring after 20 years at the hospital's helm. Block's appointment, announced at a press conference today, takes effect July 1.
 "It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I make this announcement," said Block, "because I love University Hospitals and Cleveland. I have had the privilege of working here with the board, the physicians and the staff of this truly outstanding academic medical institution.
 "I am tremendously proud of what we have accomplished together over the last six years," continued Block. "I am confident that University Hospitals is well positioned to face today's challenging environment and to continue as one of the leading academic medical centers in the country.
 "It is a difficult decision for me to leave. But the chance to lead Johns Hopkins, the nation's most prestigious medical center, ranks as perhaps the greatest opportunity in my profession," he added. "That's why I'm compelled to take it. I wouldn't leave Cleveland otherwise."
 During his time at University Hospitals, Block took a leading role in developing a network of hospitals and physician organizations known as the University Hospitals Network, in creating a managed care benefits plan known as QualChoice, and in acquiring a multispecialty group practice of 120 physicians and dentists known as University MEDNET. He also led a major cost containment effort marked by a three-year price freeze, directed strategic planning activities that resulted in the construction of a $130 million hospital addition, and participated in recruiting a number of world-renowned physicians and researchers to the medical staff. Under his leadership, University Hospitals increased its market share, making it the most utilized hospital in the Greater Cleveland area.
 Officials at both University Hospitals and Johns Hopkins gave high praise to Block.
 "While Jim's departure is a loss for University Hospitals and for Cleveland, I understand his decision and compliment him for his selection by Johns Hopkins," commented A. William Reynolds, chairman of the board of trustees of University Hospitals. "During his tenure, University Hospitals has made solid progress. Personally, I have enjoyed our relation and am pleased that Jim's performance here has attracted national attention.
 "In the next days," continued Reynolds, "I will be reviewing our situation with the senior management of the hospitals and then will announce what steps we will take in regard to the appointment of a new president."
 The chairman of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins, H. Furlong Baldwin, welcomed Block with these remarks, "We have found a president we believe will not only maintain the standard of excellence expected of Johns Hopkins, but who also will advance the quality of care in the years ahead. We're enthusiastic because his vision of the way medicine will be practiced in the future, with emphasis on outpatient care, complements our own."
 The retiring Heyssel commented, "I've known Jim Block for more than 10 years. I've admired his leadership style and sense of values."
 Block, a native of Dayton, Ohio, earned his medical degree in 1966 from New York University Medical School after completing his undergraduate work at Haverford College. Over the next 20 years he served in the office of the Surgeon General; as a practicing pediatrician at Strong Memorial Hospital and Genesee Hospital, both affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine; as a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and as president of the Rochester Area Hospitals Corporation. He came to University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1985.
 University Hospitals of Cleveland is a 947-bed academic medical center serving the community and the nation for 125 years through patient care, research and teaching. Its main campus includes University MacDonald Womens Hospital; Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital; two hospitals dedicated to adult medical and surgical care, and one for psychiatric treatment. University Hospitals is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University's schools of medicine, nursing and dentistry, and together they form Ohio's largest biomedical research center.
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