June 2001

Meet the Leader of St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md.

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John Tolmie
President and Chief Executive Officer
St. Joseph Medical Center
Towson, Md.

John Tolmie, who has been president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Medical Center since January, finds invigorating challenges in the local health care market. “This is a complex market due to the number of providers, the highly regulated reimbursement structure and the level of clinical services available,” he said. “St. Joseph is in a position to effectively compete with other institutions in Baltimore and be a leader in many clinical specialties.”

St. Joseph is the hospital of choice for many residents of the Baltimore area. “We have the largest open heart program in the state, a large orthopedic institute, a unique eating disorders clinic and we’re known for a variety of surgical services,” said Tolmie. “We have a great depth of talent in our staff, physicians and board members, and their commitment to the mission of St. Joseph is extremely strong.”

Tolmie has been helping to fulfill the mission of Catholic Health Initiatives since its formation, when he was president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Regional Health Network which included St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa., and St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, Pa.
He also developed St. Joseph Health Ministries in Lancaster, which was formed after the sale of St. Joseph Hospital last June. “It felt right for me to stay with Catholic Health Initiatives, an organization that I believe in,” he said. “Catholic Health Initiatives offers national strength that helps smooth out peaks and valleys in market-based operations.”

Tolmie’s career in health care merges his interests in medicine and social service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, and master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. After completing an administrative residency in Roanoke, Va., he worked for Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Va., and Mount Vernon Hospital in Fairfax, Va., before joining St. Joseph in Lancaster. This June, Tolmie’s wife, Lynn, and their three sons ‘ Christopher, 16, Grayson, 13 and Hunter, 9 — will join him in the Baltimore area after finishing the school year in Lancaster.

“I’m enthusiastic about the opportunities here in Towson,” said Tolmie. “St. Joseph has many community outreach programs, which is an area that we want to continue to develop. It’s great to have Catholic Health Initiatives supporting our healthy communities work.”