June 10, 2013

Annual Meeting Recap

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The Horizon Foundation hosted its 2013 annual meeting on June 4th at Howard County Community College. Attended by a mix of community leaders and healthcare providers, the meeting focused on the Foundation’s accomplishments over the last year—including the appointment of a new President and CEO, the adoption of a new strategic plan, and programmatic successes in its initiatives. Read President and CEO Nikki Highsmith Vernick’s comments.

The meeting featured the Richard M. Krieg keynote address by Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

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Horizon Foundation President and CEO, Nikki Highsmith Vernick, with former Foundation president Richard Krieg (left) and annual meeting keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Brenner.

Dr. Brenner is a national leader in health care reform thanks to his groundbreaking work in Camden, New Jersey, where he was able to improve health outcomes while lowering costs because of his data-driven approach to community health. He has been featured in The New Yorker and on PBS’s Frontline. His speech at the meeting described the Camden Coalition’s data-centric approach to health care allocation and delivery and included an analysis of hospital utilization data in Howard County. A video of Dr. Brenner’s speech and slideshow will be available for viewing on our website in the coming weeks.


Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Joshua Sharfstein speaks at the Horizon Foundation annual meeting on June 4, 2013.

There were also several other notable speakers, including Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman, and Gabriella Sackrin, a social worker with Chase Brexton Health Services who shared stories of success from her work in Chase’s emergency room diversion program.

The meeting also featured awards The Horizon Foundation presented Victor Broccolino, President and CEO of Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, with its Richard G. McCauley Leadership Award.

The award, established in 2004 to recognize the Foundation’s first board chair, is given each year to a community leader who has had a transformative effect upon many institutions and organizations in Howard County.

Broccolino joined the hospital as President and CEO in 1990 and will be retiring at the beginning of 2014. He is one of the most highly regarded and recognized executives in Howard County, and is widely credited with great foresight in identifying industry pressures and spearheading a campaign to find a strategic partner for the community hospital. That effort resulted in the hospital becoming a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine in l998 and in the birth of the Horizon Foundation, which was established with the revenues from the sale.

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Horizon Foundation board chair John Isbister (right), former board member Ann Mech, and Howard County General Hospital President and CEO Victor Broccolino at the Horizon Foundation’s annual meeting on June 4, 2013. Broccolino was the recipient of the Foundation’s Richard G. McCauley Leadership Award.

Through Broccolino’s leadership, the hospital has been a key partner with the Foundation in many initiatives through the years.

Horizon also presented its Shirley Collier Giraffe Award to greeNEWit. This award was made in honor of the Foundation’s immediate Past Chair, Shirley Collier, a business and social entrepreneur who values those who “stick their necks out” and take risks to pursue new corporate or nonprofit innovations.

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Horizon Foundation board member and immediate past chair Shirley Collier and Jason Jannati, co-founder of greeNEWit, at the Foundation’s annual meeting on June 4, 2013. Jannati and his fellow greeNEWit co-founders, Josh Notes and Matej Harangozo, were the recipeints of the Foundation’s Shirley Collier Giraffe Award for their social entrepreneurship and innovation.

greeNEWit is an energy solutions company founded to help society build sustainable communities and better economies through conserving the use of natural resources. The company provides energy and water saving upgrades that help residents and businesses save money on their energy bills and reduce the carbon footprint. The company also serves as an information source for people to better understand how to use, produce and think about energy with a goal of inspiring positive action to make a change.

See more photos from the day on our photo page.