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President and CEO,
Maryland Hospital Association
Johns Hopkins Telemedicine
HealthCare Access Maryland
COO and Executive Vice President,
Bob Atlas has been Maryland Hospital Association’s president and CEO since 2018. He has a long professional history in health policy and the business of health care, with a national perspective and a focus on innovations in health care delivery and financing that produce value for people and payers. For several decades before joining MHA, Atlas led premier health care consultancies and served as strategic counselor to leading health care organizations, insurers, health technology firms, and state governments. He launched his career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and worked in the agency now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A Marylander for more than 40 years, Atlas lives in both Montgomery County and Talbot County.
Rebecca Canino has been with Johns Hopkins Medicine since 2007. Her background includes a long history with international nonprofit startups, and when she returned stateside, the innovation, collaboration, creativity, and compassion for patients that she found within the Johns Hopkins Health System fit her personal mission perfectly. Canino is serving as the administrative director of the Office of Telemedicine, which provides telemedicine guidance and support to the entire Hopkins organization.
Traci Kodeck is CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Maryland healthier by connecting residents to health insurance and care. She joined HCAM in 2000, originally serving as an ombudsman/perinatal liaison helping pregnant and postpartum women navigate Medicaid. She later served as director of maternal and child health programs, chief of program operations, and vice president of programs. Kodeck became interim CEO in December 2015 and was unanimously appointed by the board of directors after a national search.
Leslie Simmons is executive vice president and chief operating officer of LifeBridge Health, with oversight of Carroll Hospital, Northwest Hospital, and Levindale Geriatric Center and Hospital. She also has systemwide responsibility for hospice programs, pharmacy and laboratory/pathology, imaging, and human resources. Simmons joined Carroll Hospital in October 2000 as vice president of nursing, and was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2010. She rose to president of the hospital in 2013.