Loyola University Maryland

Business Leader of the Year

About The Honoree

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Ronald PetersonRonald R. Peterson is president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine -- the umbrella alliance of the Health System and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As such, he provides senior oversight through an executive structure for the hospitals of Johns Hopkins Health System, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.  He also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians which provides ambulatory care at 40 locations throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area, and as a director of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Mr. Peterson served as the 10th president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital from December 1996 until July 2016 — a period during which the hospital maintained its record of being ranked #1 in the nation for 22 years out of the first quarter-century that U.S. News & World Report compiled its annual hospital ranking, beginning in 1991.

Arriving at Hopkins in 1973 as an administrative resident, Mr. Peterson became administrator of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic in 1974, of Hopkins Hospital's Cost Improvement Program in 1975, and of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in 1978. In 1982, he started the process of transforming the troubled Baltimore City Hospitals into what is now known as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, directing a $100 million physical redevelopment program and turning a $7 million a year loss under City ownership into a significant positive bottom line performance. He served as president of the medical center from 1984 until 1999. In 1995, Mr. Peterson was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Johns Hopkins Health System. He was named acting president of Hopkins Hospital and Health System in September 1996. The hospital position was made permanent in December 1996 and the health system position in February 1997. Since 1998, he has also served as the executive Vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

A 1970 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Peterson also holds a master's degree in hospital administration from The George Washington University. Born in 1948, the New Brunswick, New Jersey native now lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife, Elizabeth "Rooney" Peterson. Their daughter, Susie, a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is a member of the emergency medicine faculty at Hopkins; son, Joe, is an attorney in Baltimore, and they have four delightful grandsons.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

Johns Hopkins Medicine's vision, "Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine," is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

Johns Hopkins Medicine operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and 39 primary and specialty care outpatient sites. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years, most recently in 2013.