September 9, 2008

Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, Appointed Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Health System

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, has been appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Health System (TUHS), effective October 15, 2008. Johnson has served as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since being appointed to that position in April 2003 by Governor Ed Rendell.

As Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Johnson will be responsible for providing vision and leadership for the development and implementation of quality initiatives at all Health System hospitals and facilities -- including Temple University Hospital (TUH), Jeanes Hospital, Northeastern Hospital, TUH-Episcopal Campus, and all community-based physician practices owned and managed by Temple Physicians, Inc. This will include assuming system-wide responsibility for all patient-safety, infection control/prevention, and other key programs and initiatives that have an impact on clinical outcomes and patient-satisfaction -- both of which are monitored and measured regularly against industry benchmarks and rigid TUHS-specific standards.

Johnson also will work to promote, in collaboration with Temple's medical faculty, increased community outreach and public-health programs and initiatives.

"Secretary Calvin Johnson is a nationally recognized physician leader whose demonstrated success in achieving significant, positive results in public-service and academic medical environments will serve him well in his new role," said Joseph W. Chip Marshall, III, President & CEO of Temple University Health System, in announcing the appointment. "In addition, Calvin's long-term relationship with Temple -- as a former attending pediatrician in Emergency Medicine and a current member of the medical faculty -- has provided him with significant insight and understanding about Temple's mission of providing quality, safe care to the communities it serves."

"Under the leadership of Chip Marshall, Temple University Health System has become a recognized high-performing organization, and I am looking forward to re-joining the Temple team," said Johnson. "Serving as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Health System will give me the opportunity to apply my clinical and administrative experience in a focused way, to help protect and improve the health of those that Temple serves and to help meet the present and future challenges of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers.

"Temple's physicians, nurses, and entire team of healthcare professionals demonstrate their competence and commitment to provide high quality care to everyone they treat every day," continued Johnson. "I see this as a great opportunity for me to work with them to ensure the best possible health-care delivery and results for every person Temple touches.

"Finally, on a personal note," added Johnson, "my mother grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Temple, and my father earned his MBA from Temple's Fox School of Business. So, my return to the Temple campus has added meaning for my family and me."

A board-certified pediatrician, Johnson graduated from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, with a degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master's degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

While studying for his dual degrees at Johns Hopkins, Johnson also served as a commissioned Officer in the Medical Corps of the United States Army Reserve / National Guard, achieving the rank of Major.

In 1996, Johnson completed his three-year residency in pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His public-service career was launched when he joined the New York City Department of Health as Clinical Advisor for Health Policy and Programs in the Division of Family Health Services. Two years later, he was named Medical Director of the Division of Family Health Services.

In 1999, Johnson was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine; and, during the next four years, he worked as an Attending Pediatrician in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Children's Medical Center. Concurrently, Johnson was tapped to serve as Consulting Medical Director of Philadelphia Safe and Sound, a program focused on improving the health, safety and well-being of the City's youth.

In April of 2003, Calvin Johnson was appointed Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Ed Rendell. In that capacity, Johnson directs the health-services and regulatory functions of Pennsylvania's Department of Health, an agency with more than 1,500 employees and a budget of nearly $900 million, which serves Pennsylvania's 12.5 million residents.

During his five-year tenure as Secretary, Dr. Johnson successfully advanced the mission and effectiveness of the Department of Health by initiating and implementing several key strategies and programs -- including the allocation of more than $350 million to research projects in the fields of vaccine development, regenerative medicine, and antibiotic resistance; increasing state funding by $3 million for targeted HIV/AIDS prevention and early detection; and establishing a data-driven management system to improve performance management, resource allocation, and outcome measurement.

He also successfully implemented key components of the Governor's health-care reform plan, including hospital-acquired infection control and health-disparity reduction. Other priority initiatives included the creation of a surveillance and intervention pilot program to reduce youth violence, and the management of more than $50 million in annual federal appropriations for bioterrorism and public-health preparedness.

Johnson is a member of several professional organizations and societies, including the National Medical Association, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

His national leadership in a variety of medical, medical-research, and social-science fields is evidenced by his many past and present Board and/or Committee memberships in well-regarded organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the National Adoption Center, Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouses, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia Youth Substance Abuse Work Group, Physicians for Social Responsibility (Philadelphia Chapter), Philadelphia Interdisciplinary Youth Fatality Review Team, and the Institutional Review Board for the New York City Department of Health.

A sought after presenter and public speaker, Johnson has shared his expertise and perspective at local, national, and international meetings and seminars. Some of his most recent presentations included Driving Public Health Performance: Sustaining Success and Results in Public Health Practices (Taiwan Ministry of Health Symposium, in Taipei, Taiwan); Public Health Planning and Vaccination Policy Decisions: In the Shadow of Pandemic Influenza (Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, in Toronto, Canada); The Future of Health Information Exchange (Central PA Technology Council Health Information Exchange Conference, in Harrisburg, PA); Eliminating Health Disparities by Focusing on Quality (AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals' State of our Health Forum, in Conshohocken, PA); and Violence: What's Going On? (Alliance of Black Social Workers Conference, in Philadelphia, PA).

Johnson is married and has four children.

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