As expected, James A. Block, M.D., president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and health system, has tendered his resignation to hospital trustees and plans to leave next month.
Block, whose announcement last week confirmed earlier reports that he planned to leave the institution, said in a letter to administrators his departure was prompted by a restructuring at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins.
The hospital and the Johns Hopkins University medical system, founded as separate systems, are to merge operations as a part of the restructuring, with a single executive over both.
Block, 55, who has been president of the hospital since July 1992, said he was wrong for the job. A pediatrician and administrator, he said the new medical chancellor needs to be a physician with strong academic credentials.
"Clearly, given the changes going on in healthcare, it is imperative that we integrate effectively these two institutions, in terms of their economics and their management," Block said.
He said he's unsure of his future plans.