Sherry B. Perkins, a clinician and hospital executive, has been named president and CEO of University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Her appointment is effective immediately.
Perkins has served as the system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2016.
“I am extremely confident that Sherry Perkins is the right leader to drive continued positive change for UM Capital Region Health, its patients, staff, physician partners and community,” says Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO of University of Maryland Medical System, said in a statement.
“She recognizes the critically important role that this regional health system plays in delivering high quality care to Prince George’s County and the surrounding area, and appreciates the significance of this transformative period during which we bring together community physicians and University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty experts to make a meaningful and positive impact on the health of patients and families.”
Capital Region Health operates mostly in Prince George’s County. The former Dimensions Health System became University of Maryland Capital Region Health when it affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical System last year.
Capital Region Health operates University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center and University of Maryland Laurel Regional Hospital Center along with other medical centers and offices.
Perkins’ background includes time as a clinical leader in the University of Maryland Medical System and executive leadership roles at Anne Arundel Health System. She is also a registered nurse, with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in nursing.
“It is the greatest privilege of my career to lead University of Maryland Capital Region Health into a very bright future as we address the health care needs of Prince George’s County and the surrounding region, both inside and outside the walls of our facilities,” Perkins said in a statement. “This role embodies the elements of hospital leadership and medicine that drive my passion to work with patients, families, and the people who take care of them. Safety, quality, patient experience, and clinical excellence – delivered through a strong collaboration between community and faculty physicians, nurses, and every member of our team from the front doors of our practices to the patient floor – are what will make the difference in the near and long term.”
The system convened a search for a CEO in February. Former president and CEO Neil J. Moore announced last December that he would leave in June.