The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) has appointed four new members to its Board of Directors: Alicia Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Revenue Advisory Services for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS); V. Dixon King, Jr., MD, MBA, President of the Medical Staff of UM UCH (ex officio); Sanjeev Kumar, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist at UM UCH; and Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive for UMMS.
“Our new board members bring a variety of experiences and backgrounds to help us as we work to transform healthcare in our region,” said Elizabeth Wise, MSN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UM UCH. “We are committed to excellence through healthcare services, facilities and technology, and our new board members will help us create the healthiest community in Maryland.”
Cunningham, who will serve on the Board’s Finance Committee, has over 30 years of healthcare financing experience and is an expert in Maryland’s unique hospital reimbursement environment. She joined UMMS in 1996 as the reimbursement and clinical economics manager for the University of Maryland Medical Center and has been instrumental in the development of the $4.5 billion healthcare system that UMMS is today. She is currently responsible for all aspects of both strategic and operational activities for reimbursement and revenue advisory services as well as payer relations and contracting. Cunningham previously served on the board of directors of CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients and Providers), the state-designated health information exchange in Maryland, for seven years, where she chaired the Reporting and Analytics Committee. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
dr King, who was elected President of the UM UCH Medical Staff in July, will serve on the Board’s Quality Care Committee. He is a Board-Certified Pathologist in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology who serves as Chair of the Department of Pathology and Associate Medical Director of the Kaufman Cancer Center. He serves on several UM UCH committees, including as Chair of the Cancer Committee and also as a member of the Breast Cancer Advisory Board, Credentials Committee and Institutional Research Board/Research Review Committee. dr King received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in anatomical pathology, residency in laboratory medicine and fellowship in medical microbiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and is currently pursuing his Masters of Applied Statistics in Health Sciences from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
dr Kumar has been a member of the UM UCH Medical Staff since 2006, where he serves on the Medical Staff Qualifications and Medical Executive Committee. dr Kumar is certified in Anaesthesiology and Obesity Medicine and has been elected as a Medical Staff Representative to the UM UCH Board of Directors, where he will serve on the Quality of Care Committee. He received his medical training at King George Medical College in India and completed his anesthesiology internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York.
Since 2016 dr. Rowen is Chief Nurse Executive for UMMS, where she serves as the system leader for nursing practice, standards of care, professional development in nursing and partnership with nursing schools. From 2007 to 2021, she served as Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she oversaw 5,500 nurses, nurses and other healthcare professionals. In that role, she led the organization to a triple Magnet designated organization, which less than three percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved.
dr Rowen has authored numerous publications on topics such as patient safety, teamwork and communication, leadership, health-related issues and best practice standards. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and has served as co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for AAN. She is also a board member of UMMS, where she is a member of the UMMS Quality Committee, and of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. dr Rowen has also been appointed a member of the Quality of Care Committee of the UM UCH Board. dr Rowen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and a Doctorate in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, where she also earned a Certificate in The Business of Health Care acquired.