CEO Sheldon Stein Celebrates 20 Years

For immediate release: March 04, 2015


Jill Feinberg | 410-578-2681/443-630-0893

Specialty children's hospital uniquely positioned to respond to emerging healthcare needs

BALTIMORE, MD – Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) marks a significant milestone this month when Sheldon J. (“Shelly”) Stein celebrates his 20th year at the hospital, thirteen of those years as President and CEO. Under Stein’s leadership, MWPH, with campuses in Baltimore City and at Prince George’s Hospital Center, has grown to become a leading healthcare provider in Maryland. Founded as Happy Hills in 1922 by medical social worker Hortense Kahn Eliasberg, MWPH provides inpatient and outpatient specialty care and rehabilitation for infants and children with complex medical needs. In 2006 Maryland’s two leading academic medical systems – The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine – agreed to share joint ownership.

“Every day is a privilege and I am humbled to serve this special group of children alongside our committed staff,” said Stein remarking on his tenure. “Together with our owners and board members we continue to evolve to meet the healthcare needs of today’s children.”

MWPH has continued to re-engineer its healthcare model to best serve the changing needs of its patients. In 1922 rheumatic fever and polio topped the list of serious childhood illnesses. Today MWPH sees children with rehabilitation needs, autism, diabetes, feeding disorders, sleep issues, obesity, congenital challenges, lead paint issues and issues resulting from maternal drug addiction and exposure to crime and violence. The strategic plan calls for the hospital to provide more services in the community through outreach and preventive care training.

“We’re reacting to what these children need based on what’s happening in our society,” remarks Stein. “We will continue to configure great teams and offer state-of-the-art therapies to help transition kids from hospital to home.”

In the two decades that he’s served, Stein has overseen the historic partnership with Hopkins and UMMS; an expanded footprint including service at Prince George’s Hospital Center; several capital improvements including the opening of the Jack and Mae Rosenberg Outpatient Center and the Center for Neonatal and Pediatric Transitional Care; and several new programs including Weigh Smart, the Feeding Day Program and the Sleep Center.

“As a Board member, I have had the personal pleasure of working with Shelly for nine of his 20 years at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, and it has been an honor to work together to improve the lives of some of our youngest patients,” says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “He is a consummate professional in hospital leadership and an exemplary partner in patient and family centered care.”

"All of us at UMMS congratulate Shelly on the occasion of his 20 years of service to the children of our area," said Robert A. Chrencik, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System.  "We are privileged to have his leadership and partnership in helping children heal, grow, go home stronger, and learn the skills necessary to lead happier, more independent lives."

Stein joined MWPH in 1995 as Vice President for Patient Care Services; three years later he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer; then in 2002 to CEO. The 102-bed pediatric hospital’s fiscal health has grown and its outpatient volume has grown by more than 1,000%.

20 Years of Helping Kids Heal and Grow

1995* 2014*
Admissions 385 797
Average Length of Stay 74 days 28 days
Outpatient Visits 3,309 40,740
# Employees 151 567
Total Assets $27 million $101 million

*Sources: Annual Reports and hospital internal records

Stein earned an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a trained respiratory therapist who enjoys skiing, golfing and spending time with his grandchildren. MWPH was voted one of the “Best Places to Work” by Baltimore magazine in 2012. Stein couldn’t agree more: “It’s an inviting place to work where people are compassionate, dedicated and very mission driven.”


About Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital: Where Children go to Heal and Grow

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital treats more than 7,500 patients each year on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The 102-bed sub-acute hospital specializes in family-focused treatment of children with serious, chronic and/or complex medical needs. Founded in 1922 as a children's convalescent home, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is a jointly owned affiliate of The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine. For more information, please visit