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CLEVELAND HOSPITAL PRESIDENT TO HEAD HOPKINS HOSPITAL

 CLEVELAND HOSPITAL PRESIDENT TO HEAD HOPKINS HOSPITAL
 /ADVANCE/ BALTIMORE, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Board of Trustees has selected a 51-year-old pediatrician, Cleveland hospital president and leader in community medicine as the ninth chief executive of the 103-year-old Baltimore institution.
 James A. Block, M.D., currently president and chief executive officer of University Hospitals of Cleveland and University Hospitals Health System Inc., will succeed Robert M. Heyssel, M.D., on July 1, as president and chief executive officer of both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System. University Hospitals is the primary teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
 Block's appointment, announced today, came after a nationwide search for a new leader for Hopkins -- consistently ranked by physicians and the public as one of the nation's best hospitals.
 "We have found a president we believe will not only maintain the standard of excellence expected of Johns Hopkins, but also will advance the quality of care in the years ahead," said H. Furlong Baldwin, chairman of the Board of Trustees. "We're enthusiastic because his vision of the way medicine will be practiced in the future complements our own. As trustees, we feel this appointment fulfills our responsibility to assure that in the years ahead, Hopkins will continue in the forefront of medicine in the region and in the world."
 Said Heyssel, who is retiring after 20 years at the hospital's helm, "I've known Jim Block for more than 10 years. I've admired his leadership style and sense of values. I'm confident he will give The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System the strong leadership they both need and deserve in the coming years. I'm particularly pleased that his record in community health fits with many of our own community efforts."
 A native of Dayton, Ohio, whose family includes many physicians, Block graduated from Haverford College in 1962 and earned his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine in 1966. His subsequent training and choice of jobs reflect a strong interest in both administration and community medicine.
 After medical school, he worked first as chief of ambulatory services in the Surgeon General's Comprehensive Health Planning Office, then as associate director of the Community Health Service of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration of the U.S. Public Health Service.
 In these posts, he was responsible for developing programs for community, migrant and rural health centers, group practices and the Appalachian Health Program.
 In 1969, he resumed his medical training with a residency in pediatrics and ambulatory medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. From 1971 to 1979, he was a practicing pediatrician and head of ambulatory services at Genesee Hospital, a 400- bed community hospital affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also was medical director of the Genesee Health Service, a primary care group practice for outpatients he helped develop.
 During this same period, Block directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Hospital-Medical Staff Sponsored Primary Care Group Practice Program, a position he held for eight years.
 David E. Rogers, M.D., former president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, former dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and currently Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College, called Block's appointment "splendid for Hopkins. Jim is one of the visionary hospital directors of the last decade, with a nice feeling for the importance of the academic world and a basic concern for taking care of patients. Bob Heyssel has done an absolutely remarkable job during his tenure, and Jim is one of the few people in the country who can carry on that wonderful tradition."
 Added Rogers, "In the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's early days, Jim succeeded in developing a community hospital-based ambulatory care system that has served as a model for the nation. The program involved community hospitals in improving access to good primary health care. And he was marvelous at persuading diverse groups that this was the wave of the future."
 In 1979, Block became president of the Rochester Area Hospitals Corp., a nine-hospital consortium formed to develop new reimbursement systems and coordinate hospital planning in the region. In 1985, he moved to Cleveland to become president of University Hospitals Health System Inc., comprised of a 771-bed hospital, a 120-member physician group practice, four ambulatory care centers, a managed care plan and five affiliated hospitals.
 Block is a trustee of Cleveland Tomorrow, the Cleveland Growth Association and the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association; consultant to the Carnegie Foundation, a member of the American Academy of Medical Directors and adjunct professor of Health Policy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.
 The Johns Hopkins Health System is comprised of 1,036-bed Johns Hopkins Hospital and Outpatient Center, The Francis Scott Key Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center, The Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corp. -- a physician group practice that staffs 18 outpatient centers in the Baltimore region -- and Home Health Care programs. The system affiliates operate a total of 1,584 beds, and collectively are one of the largest private employers in Maryland.
 Last year, Hopkins Hospital, the largest in Maryland, recorded 301,000 days of inpatient care, 272,000 outpatient visits and 83,000 emergency room visits. Its staff of 5,400 includes 1,500 physicians and nearly 1,600 nurses. The hospital occupies 24 separate, but interconnected buildings on a 22-acre site. It operates more than 100 specialized outpatient and emergency clinics and draws patients from throughout the United States and abroad.
 Eight other individuals have served as director or president of the hospital since it opened in May 1889. Heysell served as either executive vice president or president of the hospital, the health system, or both from 1972 to the present.
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 /CONTACT: Elaine Freeman or Joann Rodgers of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 410-955-6680 (note: area code now 410 instead of 301)/ CO: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ST: Maryland IN: HEA SU: PER


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