John Michael Colmers will assume the newly created role of vice president for healthcare transformation and strategic planning at Johns Hopkins Medicine on Feb. 14. Most recently, Colmers, 57, served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he led a $9 billion agency with a range of programs, including Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, state health facilities and regulatory oversight. Previously, he was senior program officer for the Milbank Memorial Fund, a New York-based endowed national foundation that provides non-partisan analysis and research on health policy issues.
Colmers takes new VP post at Johns Hopkins Medicine
“As we prepare for the inevitable changes resulting from new healthcare reform laws and other market forces, it is imperative that we do so in a thoughtful, effective and strategic manner,” Dr. Edward Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, said in a news release. “There are a few individuals who are as qualified as John Colmers to help guide and share our response to these sweeping changes.”
Colmers is the immediate past chairman and current board member of AcademyHealth, a professional society of health researchers. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System. From 2004 to 2007, he served on the board of directors for CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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