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Miller to become first female president of Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Redonda Miller will take over as president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital July 1, 2016 (Photo from Johns Hopkins Medicine).

The Johns Hopkins Hospital will have a woman president for the first time in its 125-year history.

Redonda Miller, currently the senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System, will take over as president of the hospital July 1.

Current president Ronald R. Peterson will remain executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine and president of the health system. A national search for the new president was led by Peterson and Paul Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Miller, 49, first came to Hopkins as a medical student and specialized in internal medicine during her residency.  But she also developed an interest in how health care is delivered on a larger scale, she told The Daily Record Thursday.

She eventually joined the hospital administration, became an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and went back to school part time, earning her MBA from the university’s Carey School of Business in 2004.

Miller also serves as vice president of medical affairs for the hospital, a role in which she has been responsible for staff administration, information management, pharmacy, infection control and patient safety, as well as spiritual care and chaplaincy, Peterson wrote Thursday in an email to the Johns Hopkins Medicine community.

While Miller still sees patients, for the past decade she has focused on care delivery, quality and patient safety. Being able to address systemic health care issues, in addition to treating patients one on one, has been particularly rewarding, Miller said.

Patient care — from the first smile they get when they enter the hospital to their comfort and treatment during their stay — will continue to be the hospital’s first priority when Miller takes the helm, she said.

The hospital will also continue to work on improving the health of its population by working with community health workers — who help connect the members of their community with the care they need —and transition guides, who help make sure patients are staying healthy after they are discharged, Miller said.

It’s a familiar area for her.

In recent years, the ongoing transformation of the health care industry in Maryland, where hospitals now have a financial incentive to make sure patients stay healthy outside of their walls, has kept Miller and her colleagues at Hopkins busy.

“The biggest challenge for us has been the pace of change in health care delivery,” Miller said, offering new regulations and a transition to electronic health records as examples.

“We embrace that, but there’s a lot to do,” she said. “It’s work that we welcome.”

“Redonda’s extraordinary combination of exceptional medical prowess, years of progressive administrative experience and the well-earned respect of senior clinical and administrative leadership will serve us well,” Peterson wrote. “Her deep understanding and appreciation of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s culture and working knowledge of the Maryland financial-rate setting system make her extremely well-suited to lead at this time in our history.”

Maryland’s hospital rates are set each year by the state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor.

A native of Ohio, Miller has been in Baltimore for 28 years. Her husband, Albert Polito, is a pulmonologist at Mercy Medical Center; they have two daughters, Francesca, 11, and Bianca, 7, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“This institution is clearly my home,” Miller said. “I’m excited and honored to be given this opportunity.”