August 24, 2021
Following a national search, Ron V. Cummins, Jr., MBA, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the academic flagship of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). As COO, Cummins will oversee the daily operations of the medical center’s Downtown and Midtown campuses and serve as a key member of UMMC’s executive leadership team.
Cummins previously served as Vice President of Operations at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the academic flagship of Penn State Health, where he provided strategic leadership for a diverse portfolio which included surgery, otolaryngology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pharmacy, food services, environmental and linen services. During his tenure, the medical center significantly improved its Member Score Percent Rank from 49th to 96th nationally in Vizient, an organization that analyzes operational performance for university health systems.
Additionally, Cummins served as one of four medical center COVID-19 incident commanders during the pandemic, led transitions to new pharmacy distribution, medical surgical supply distribution and food management programs; accelerated the growth of the specialty pharmacy program; and collaborated with Penn State College of Medicine to create a pipeline for aspiring diverse medical students.
“UMMC is an outstanding academic medical center, and I am honored to join the team,” Cummins said. “I am energized by the opportunity to collaborate with our talented staff, faculty and community partners to achieve UMMC’s full potential as a great place to work and leader in providing value-based care to Maryland and the region.”
Previously, Cummins held various business development and leadership positions in the private sector with Cardinal Health, Johnson & Johnson and Baxter Healthcare.
Cummins earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.