University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Board Chairman Stephen A. Burch has announced the appointment of Robert A. Chrencik as the president and chief executive officer of UMMS, a network of nine academic, community and specialty hospitals throughout the state. Chrencik has worked for UMMS for 25 years and previously held the post of executive vice president and chief financial officer since 1999.
In making the announcement, Burch praised Chrencik’s years of service and commitment to the medical system and said he was uniquely qualified to assume the position of president and chief executive officer.
“We are pleased that Bob Chrencik has agreed to assume this important leadership position. With his extensive experience as a medical system executive, he has thorough knowledge of the system and a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing large and diverse health care institutions today. He is well-known and respected inside and outside of UMMS, and we look forward to continuing to work with him,” says Burch.
“The University of Maryland Medical System and its nine hospitals represent an extremely valuable resource for citizens throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. I am deeply committed to UMMS, and I look forward to continuing to serve this exceptional health system, which provides world-class care for citizens throughout Maryland and beyond,” Chrencik says.
Chrencik came to the University of Maryland Medical System in 1983 as the director of financial planning. He was promoted to vice president of finance and systems and chief financial officer in 1987 and later became senior vice president of finance and systems in 1989 until being named executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1999.
Prior to joining the medical system, Chrencik was a senior manager in healthcare consulting at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP in Baltimore and a supervisor in the accounting and audit practice at Coopers & Lybrand in Baltimore.
He earned a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant.
The University of Maryland Medical System includes the University of Maryland Medical Center, Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital, University Specialty Hospital, Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Shore Health System (Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital), Chester River Health System and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, which is owned in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Health System.
As the third-largest private employer in the Baltimore metro area, the University of Maryland Medical System generates nearly $3.5 billion in economic activity in Maryland and has $2.1 billion of operating revenues. The medical system employs 14,800 people, has more than 1,700 licensed beds and 83,000 annual admissions.