Howard County General Hospital has hired Elizabeth Edsall Kromm as Senior Director of Population Health and Community Relations, the hospital announced.
Edsall Kromm, who started working at the hospital on Jan. 26, served as policy director for Howard County government under former County Executive Ken Ulman. Before that she was a senior adviser to former Howard County Health Officer Peter Beilenson when he occupied the post from 2007 to 2012.
Edsall Kromm was one of a handful of county employees replaced by County Executive Allan Kittleman, who took office in December. Kittleman announced her departure along with other staff members earlier this month.
According to a news release, Edsall Kromm will work with the population health division of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which includes care management, disease management, clinical analytics and predictive modeling.
She will also serve as the leader in community relations, working toward community health, wellness, disease prevention and overall population health management goals, the news release states.
"Health reform prompts all of us to innovate to connect the health delivery strategies with the goals of public health in community. Elizabeth brings a unique background and perspective that will no doubt accelerate our efforts to support the Howard County community," said Patty Brown, senior vice president of Managed Care and Population Healthfor Johns Hopkins.
Edsall Kromm was considered co-architect, with Beilenson, on the Healthy Howard Initiative and Healthy Howard Health Plan. She also is an adjunct professor at Hopkins School of Public Health.
"The business of health care is moving toward a model of population health, emphasizing prevention and focusing on keeping people healthy and well, " said Steven C. Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital. "Elizabeth has just the right knowledge and experience to help lead our hospital in creating and implementing a successful strategy for the future."