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Schwartz Appointed to JA Board

Lisa Schwartz (provided)

Lisa Schwartz (provided)

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland has appointed Lisa Schwartz to a three-year term on its board of directors.

As M&T Bank’s business banking regional manager for Greater Baltimore, Schwartz leads the lending and servicing team that supports the branch network in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties. She also is responsible for the loan and deposit portfolios, as well as the development of new business.

Bringing 26 years industry experience, she previously spent 15 years as a retail regional manager overseeing 12 to 21 branch managers. Earlier in her career, she taught an economics class at Western High School while working for Equitable Bank.

“I am pleased to join the JA board,” Schwartz said. “To me, financial literacy is the cornerstone to ensuring that our future leaders are prepared to make responsible personal and professional decisions.”

KatzAbosch Named a Top Firm

INSIDE Public Accounting recently presented its fifth annual ranking of the IPA 200 public accounting firms. KatzAbosch was named to the list for the third time.

“With more than 540 firms participating in the IPA annual Survey and Analysis of Firms this year, along with many CPA firm associations contributing to the search to identify the IPA 200, this prestigious group joins the IPA 100 as the definitive ranking of the nation’s largest public accounting firms,” said Kelly Platt, principal of The Platt Group, the publisher of IPA.

For the most recent fiscal year, IPA 200 firms range in size from $14 million to $31 million, and from 60 to 235 staff. These firms employ more than 12,000 staff across the nation, up 9 percent from last year.

Founded in 1969, KatzAbosch is one of the largest CPA and business consulting services in the mid-Atlantic region.

Hopkins Leaders Recognized for Influence

Modern Healthcare, a leading industry publication, has named Johns Hopkins Medicine dean and CEO Paul B. Rothman and patient safety expert Peter J. Pronovost to this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. The list recognizes individuals deemed by their peers and experts as leaders in the industry.

“The answers to complex questions must be addressed through a team approach and stem from cross-collaborations,” said Rothman. “I am honored to be listed and to be able to work in an industry where our remarkable discoveries and medical breakthroughs allow us to improve the lives of our patients.” A distinguished physician, scientist, educator and academic health care leader, Rothman is responsible for the governance of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s $7 billion academic medical center and global health system.

Rothman and Pronovost were selected by the publication’s editors and readers for their leadership and impact in the health care industry. Nominees were chosen from government agencies, health care systems, providers and professional associations. Readers voted for their top five candidates from a list of 300 nominees. Pronovost also appeared on Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare list.

Chosen for his national and international contributions to quality and patient safety, Pronovost is most known for his development of a scientifically proven checklist for reducing deadly bloodstream infections associated with the insertion and use of central lines to deliver drugs and take blood samples from critically ill patients.

PHR Names Interim President

Park Heights Renaissance has announced that Cheo D. Hurley has been named interim president and CEO. Hurley replaces Julius Colon, who recently resigned.

A Baltimore native, Hurley has been with the organization since 2009, most recently as vice president for community and economic development. In his new role, he will oversee all operations of the nonprofit organization, including administration, community relations, financeand real estate/economic development.

“Cheo has been with Park Heights Renaissance for more than five years and understands the community and the unique challenges and opportunities ahead,” said board chairman Larry Jennings. “We feel confident that he is well prepared for this interim role, as we begin a search for a permanent president and CEO.”

Hopkins Names Faculty to Patient Safety Academy

In a new effort to eliminate harm and reinforce a culture of caring in health care, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, Cynthia Foronda and Brigit Van Graafeiland have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy.

A program launched to connect health systems and transform the clinical health care setting, the Academy will give 33 Johns Hopkins scholars the opportunity to propose, plan and lead a sustainable, multidisciplinary patient safety or quality improvement project while evaluating its effectiveness on patient outcomes.

“The Academy will bring accountability, continuity and inter-professional collaboration to the table,” said Melinda Sawyer, the academy’s program co-director and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s assistant director of patient safety. “The scholars, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and others will incorporate teamwork and focus on advancing care through every discipline.”