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Introducing The Daily Record Power 30 Health Care

The last year has been an extraordinary challenge for Maryland’s health care professionals. They have had to address the most urgent health care crisis in a century, a remorseless coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the nation and the world.


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The pandemic has challenged the resourcefulness, skill and compassion of health care professionals. Both the public health care sector and private sector have found their systems, networks and underlying operations sorely tested.

The men and women leading our health care institutions, as well as key policymakers and advocates, have risen to this challenge. They are the 30 individuals you will meet in this special publication, The Daily Record’s inaugural Power 30 Health Care List.

This list was chosen by our editorial team. We reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. Many of the Power 30 are familiar to all of us, but some are known mostly inside their organizations or communities.

In these pages, we explore how these leaders view the health care landscape, not only how it now exists but what it may look like in the future. And, just as importantly, we’ve tried to offer a glimpse into the kind of people they are, what drives them to excel, to lead, to serve.

This list is part of a series of Power Lists throughout 2021 that will showcase the most powerful figures in law, higher education, manufacturing and other fields. It was preceded by our Power 100 List, which showcased the most powerful men and women from all fields of endeavor across Maryland.

You can find this and all our Power Lists on our website,

We hope you enjoy this publication, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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Bob Atlas
President, CEO
Md. Hospital Association

Victoria W. Bayless
Luminis Health

Kathleen A. Birrane
Maryland Insurance Administration

Jinlene Chan
Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services
Maryland Department of Health

John Chessare

Vincent DeMarco
Maryland Health Care for All

Joe DeMattos
Health Facilities Association of Maryland

Michele Eberle
Executive Director
Md. Health Benefit Exchange

Bruce Jarrell
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Aliya Jones
Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health
Maryland Department of Health

Thomas Kleinhanzl
President, CEO
Frederick Memorial Hospital

Ken Kozel
President, CEO
UM Shore Regional Health

David N. Maine
President, CEO
Mercy Health Services

Sam McClure
Executive Director
Center for LGTBQ Health Equity

Neil Meltzer
President, CEO
LifeBridge Health

Redonda Miller
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Joseline Pena-Melnyk
State of Maryland

Brian Pieninck
President and CEO

E. Albert Reece
University of Maryland School of Medicine

William Regine
Executive Director
Maryland Proton Center

Carmel Roques

Barry Rosen
Gordon Feinblatt

Kenneth Samet
MedStar Health

Joshua M. Sharfstein
Vice Dean/Director
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Lyle Sheldon
President, CEO
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Leslie Simmons
Senior Vice President, COO
LifeBridge Health

Kevin Sowers
Johns Hopkins Health System

Mohan Suntha
University of Maryland Medical System

Gustavo Torres
Executive Director
CASA de Maryland

Ruth Williams-Brinkley
Mid-Atlantic Regional President
Kaiser Permanente