Whether these changes will actually trigger any sudden strategic moves is purely speculative.
But the looming transition is one possible explanation for why Suburban and Sibley still largely operate the way they always have. Sure, the Hopkins blue-and-yellow branding is in place, and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians is opening a few new clinics, but doctors, vendors and other community members say they see little evidence of any strategic shifts or real changes in day-to-day business.
A new man at the top could open the spigot for more Hopkins action around here. But Rothman will have plenty to occupy his attention, much more than just day-to-day health care in Montgomery County and the District.
As CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Rothman will oversee a $5 billion enterprise that includes its research efforts, international ventures and comparatively straightforward network of hospitals.