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Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital leader to step down after 20 years

Sheldon Stein, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s president and CEO, will retire from the role in November 2022. (Submitted Photo/Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital)

The longtime leader of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore will retire from his position at the end of this year, the hospital announced Tuesday. Sheldon Stein led the hospital for 20 years, overseeing significant growth and the establishment of many programs and initiatives. 

“It’s hard to put into words what this hospital means to me, but it has been an honor and a privilege to serve so many children from Baltimore and beyond alongside our committed staff,” Stein said in the announcement. “I’ve always seen myself as merely a facilitator to remove obstacles and provide resources so that our passionate team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and support staff can provide the best quality of care possible. My success would be nothing without the support of the entire MWPH community, whom I will miss dearly.” 

Throughout Stein’s time as its leader, the hospital has grown more than seven times over, going from less than $20 million in net assets to $144 million today. It also grew from 151 employees to 550 and added new locations in Prince George’s County and Harford County. 

The hospital invested over $50 million in capital improvements under Stein’s leadership, including opening and growing an outpatient facility, the Jack & Mae Rosenberg Outpatient Center, and expanding two inpatient units: the Sheila S. and Lawrence C. Pakula Center for Infant Specialty Care and the Phyllis C. Meyerhoff Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation. 

MWPH, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is jointly owned by two of Maryland’s largest health systems, the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The partnership was formed in 2006, under Stein’s leadership. 

Stein is best known among the institution’s staff for promoting the use of innovative tools, techniques and programs, the hospital said. During his tenure, the hospital launched a range of new programs, such as the Trauma and Healing program, a behavioral health program for children and adolescents who are experiencing or have experienced trauma, and Weight Smart, a weight management program for youths. Specialists from MWPH were invited by the Children’s Hospitals Association to participate in a task force to develop best practices for pediatric weight management. 

Stein has also received a number of honors for his work as MWPH’s president and CEO, including being named a Most Admired CEO by The Daily Record in 2016. A respiratory therapist by trade, he joined MWPH as vice president of patient care services in 1995, before rising to chief operating officer and then president and CEO. 

MWPH’s Board of Trustees will be hiring a firm to launch a national search for the hospital’s next leader, and Stein will remain in his role until November in order to assist with the search process.

In his final months leading the institution, Stein will oversee MWPH’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, Hope Heal Grow, which aims to raise $15 million by the end of 2022. The funds will go towards expansions and renovations to the Rosenberg Outpatient Center, the construction of the Ability Center, and the establishment of the MWPH Children’s Fund, which will be used for everything from equipment upgrades to capital improvements. 

After he retires, Stein plans to golf, travel and spend more time with his grandchildren, according to MWPH’s announcement.