CEO Sylvia Smith Johnson: Maryland General Hospital's Strong Female Leader

Sylvia Smith Johnson, MBA, has served as the president and CEO of Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore since June 2006.SmithJohnson

Prior to taking the helm at Maryland General Hospital, Ms. Smith Johnson served as vice president and COO of the hospital. Ms. Smith Johnson also served as the hospital's interim president from November 2005 to June 2006.

With Ms. Smith Johnson as CEO, Maryland General Hospital has completed a 97,000-square-foot core facilities replacement project, which included adding new operating suites and a new intensive care unit.

Ms. Smith Johnson has been recognized for her history of strong leadership. In 2011, she was inducted into SmartCEO magazine’s Brava! Women Business Achievement Awards Hall of Fame after receiving the magazine's 2007 Women Business Achievement Award for her strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion for giving back. In 2012, Becker's Hospital Review also recognized Ms. Smith Johnson by naming her to its list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Despite these women-centric awards, Ms. Smith Johnson believes that there is not much difference between being a woman or a man as a hospital leader. "Male and female hospital and health system leaders face the same challenge: How do I recruit and develop a team that will enable my organization to provide the highest quality of care in the most economical manner," she told Becker's Hospital Review in a recent interview.

In addition to her duties leading Maryland General, Ms. Smith Johnson is a member of the American Hospital Resource and Materials Managers Association and the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives. She has also served on the board of directors of Prime, a purchasing group for the Maryland Hospital Association.

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