June 7, 2013

Contact: Sharon Sopp or Susan Case, 410-740-7810
Kim Hoppe, 410-502-9430

Press Release

(Columbia, MD) – Victor A. Broccolino, President and CEO of the Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) since January 1990, known fondly by many as “Vic,” has announced his intention to retire on January 15, 2014, as the hospital completes its 40th anniversary year.

Howard County General has experienced considerable growth during his tenure. Today, patients can receive care from a wide range of specialists conveniently located on or near the hospital’s expansive campus, which has doubled in size since he assumed its helm.  Mr. Broccolino’s numerous accomplishments include expanding the hospital’s facilities and services – evident across the HCGH medical campus in new buildings, equipment, information technology and specially trained personnel – that today give Howard Countians local access to top-quality health care.

Mr. Broccolino was instrumental in HCGH’s becoming part of Johns Hopkins Medicine.  That forward-thinking vision continues to benefit patients in Howard County today.

“Vic Broccolino has been a pillar of leadership in the Howard County community for more than two decades,” said Ronald R. Peterson, President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Since bringing HCGH into Johns Hopkins Medicine in 1998, Vic has advocated to the Hopkins community the vital role of a community hospital in the delivery of care. Through his outgoing personality and commitment to the community, coupled with a tremendous respect for the potential associated with the promise of medicine that Johns Hopkins offers, he has built a strong community hospital that is well positioned to succeed in the quickly changing world of health reform.”

“Anyone who knows Vic understands the passion and dedication he has for his work and for the patients the hospital serves. His vision and leadership are but two reasons the hospital has enjoyed tremendous growth and clinical success in the last 23 years. His attention to patient safety and quality of care, coupled with his focus on the entire HCGH family, has resulted in the hospital becoming the best community hospital in Maryland,” said Evelyn T. Bolduc, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the hospital.

When asked about his plans for retirement, Mr. Broccolino said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife, children and 11 grandchildren (most of whom were born at HCGH). The employees and clinical staff he leaves behind at HCGH will continue the culture of caring for all that he has instilled for 23 years.

The Board of Trustees of HCGH and the Johns Hopkins Health System will begin to actively plan for this transition.   

About Howard County General Hospital

A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Md. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care. More than 3,300 babies are born at HCGH each year.

The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals from 59 different countries; and nearly 500 volunteers.

In FY 2012, Howard County General Hospital:

  • Provided services to more than 204,000 people.
  • Evaluated and treated 77,488 patients in the Emergency Department.
  • Admitted or observed 22,401 patients in the hospital.
  • Performed 13,358 surgeries.
  • Delivered 3,333 babies.
  • Treated 68,253 outpatients.
  • Provided outreach and wellness programs to more than 40,000 individuals.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

For more than a century, Johns Hopkins Medicine has been recognized as a leader in patient care, medical research and teaching. Johns Hopkins Medicine is made up of many member organizations, provides a full range of leading medical care in two states and the District of Columbia, and is active in delivering medical care and education in several countries around the world. Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a full continuum of integrated health services in settings ranging from primary care physician offices and ambulatory care centers to acute care services provided at six hospitals: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and All Children’s Hospital. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is the only hospital to have been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 21 consecutive years.


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