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Howard County General Hospital hosts 2nd annual State of Health Care

From left, Steve Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital; Carlessia Hussein, R.N., Dr.PH., Promise of Health in Howard County award recipient; Atul Grover, M.D., executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and keynote speaker; and Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, pose for a photo during the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Steve Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital; Carlessia Hussein, R.N., Dr.PH., Promise of Health in Howard County award recipient; Atul Grover, M.D., executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and keynote speaker; and Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, pose for a photo during the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Jennifer Smith, vice president of the Howard Hospital Foundation; Del. Jessica Feldmark, D-Baltimore and Howard; and Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman, chair of HCGH Board of Trustees, attended the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Jennifer Smith, vice president of the Howard Hospital Foundation; Del. Jessica Feldmark, D-Baltimore and Howard; and Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman, chair of HCGH Board of Trustees, attended the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Leonardo McClarty, president of Howard County Chamber of Commerce; Larry Twele, CEO of Howard County Economic Development Authority; Chuck Phillips Jr., senior vice president of KCI Technologies Inc.; and Steve Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital, pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Leonardo McClarty, president of Howard County Chamber of Commerce; Larry Twele, CEO of Howard County Economic Development Authority; Chuck Phillips Jr., senior vice president of KCI Technologies Inc.; and Steve Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital, pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Sue Song, former member of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees; state Sen. Clarence Lam, D- D-Baltimore and Howard; and Saba Salman Sheikh, M.D., of Columbia Medical Practice, were on hand for the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Sue Song, former member of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees; state Sen. Clarence Lam, D- D-Baltimore and Howard; and Saba Salman Sheikh, M.D., of Columbia Medical Practice, were on hand for the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Nikki Highsmith-Vernick, CEO of the Horizon Foundation; Paul Skalny, immediate past chair of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman, chair of the HCGH Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, HCGH vice president of Population Health and Advancement; William Saway, M.D., of Columbia Medical Practice and HCGH board member; and Heather Campbell, representing the office of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., attended the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

From left, Nikki Highsmith-Vernick, CEO of the Horizon Foundation; Paul Skalny, immediate past chair of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman, chair of the HCGH Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, HCGH vice president of Population Health and Advancement; William Saway, M.D., of Columbia Medical Practice and HCGH board member; and Heather Campbell, representing the office of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., attended the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

Guest at the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation listen to a presentation at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Kossiakoff Center in Laurel. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

Guest at the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation listen to a presentation at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Kossiakoff Center in Laurel. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

Atul Grover, M.D., executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, delivers the keynote address at the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

Atul Grover, M.D., executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, delivers the keynote address at the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County presentation. (Photo courtesy of Howard County General Hospital)

Howard County General Hospital presented an overview of the county’s health and the hospital’s latest activities at the second annual State of Health Care in Howard County: Our Changing Health Care Culture event Oct. 28 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Kossiakoff Center in Laurel.

Dr. Atul Grover, executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, delivered the keynote address, speaking about the changing health care culture. He provides strategic leadership in medical education, academic affairs, health care affairs, scientific affairs, learning and leadership programming, diversity and inclusion, public policy and communications for the Association of American Medical Colleges. In addition, he is a health policy and management associate at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University’s School of Medicine.

Carlessia Hussein, chair of the Howard County Board of Health and retired director of Maryland’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, was honored at the event with the Promise of Health in Howard County award, which recognizes those who have made sustained contributions to the health and well-being of the Howard County community.

Howard County General Hospital President Steve Snelgrove presented an assessment of the county population’s health and discussed the hospital’s latest initiatives, from subsidized employee housing to participation in the Howard County Bikeshare program. He summarized the hospital’s increasing capabilities in breast, musculoskeletal and psychiatric care and shared the latest on the hospital’s campus construction project.

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