Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Ronald R. Peterson
MSA SC 3520-15528


Born in 1948 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Attended The Johns Hopkins University; The George Washington University.  Married; two children.

Profile from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare -

Ronald R. Peterson is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine -- the umbrella alliance of the Health System and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians which provides ambulatory care at 17 centers throughout Maryland, and as a trustee of the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.

Tenth president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital -- rated the nation's best for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report -- Peterson arrived at Hopkins in 1973 as an administrative resident and since then, has carried out one assignment after another on behalf of Hopkins.  He became administrator of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic in 1974, of Hopkins Hospital's Cost Improvement Program in 1975, and of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in 1978.

In 1982, Peterson started the process of transforming the troubled Baltimore City Hospitals into what is now known as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, directing a $100 million physical redevelopment program and turning a $7 million a year loss under City ownership into a positive bottom line performance averaging $5 million a year.  He served as president of the medical center from 1984 until 1999.

In 1995, Peterson was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Johns Hopkins Health System, in order to bring stronger coordination and cohesion to its operations and strategic planning.  He was named acting president of Hopkins Hospital and Health System in September 1996.  The hospital position was made permanent in December 1996 and the health system position in February 1997.

A 1970 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, with a master's degree in hospital administration from The George Washington University, Mr. Peterson has served as a director of the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, a component of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and is a member of the AAMC Advisory Panel on Health Care Delivery.  He is currently vice chairman of The Governorís Workforce Investment Board, and holds an appointment by the Governor to the Maryland Economic Development Commission.  He serves as a member of the boards of the Maryland Mentoring Partnership Board and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, as well as the executive committee of the Maryland Hospital Association.  Past chairman of Baltimore's Workforce Investment Board, he is also a past board member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Central Maryland United Way.  His civic activities have also included volunteer work for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the church and school in Harford County attended by his family. Born in 1948, the New Brunswick, New Jersey native now lives in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife, Elizabeth "Rooney" Peterson. Their son, Joe, is an attorney in Baltimore and daughter, Susie, a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is currently serving a residency at Hopkins in emergency medicine.

Mr. Peterson was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame in 2005.

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