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COG Executive Director to Join MedStar Health

Michael Rogers, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for the last four and one half years, has accepted a position with MedStar Health, a company that owns several hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, as Executive Vice President for Corporate Services. He will be responsible for strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications, government affairs and fund development.


MedStar, which is based in Columbia, MD,  owns the Washington Hospital Center, the Georgetown University Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in the District of Columbia and offers a variety of  other health care services in the Baltimore-Washington area.  Rogers will join the company in mid-January.


Over the last year, Rogers was the driving force behind the development of COG’s Regional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECPSM), the first such plan put in place by a regional organization following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Working in concert with the COG Board Task Force on Homeland Security and other regional stakeholder groups, Rogers demonstrated that COG was the best organization to lead the planning process and convinced Congress to fund it.  He also devised the plan’s key component, the Regional Incident Communications and Coordination System (RICCSSM), a virtual system that allows emergency officials to communicate quickly.


 COG Board members also credit Rogers with helping the organization take on more substantive issues, leading a strategic planning process, and raising COG’s profile as an important source for regional information and coordination.


 “Michael Rogers really raised the bar for this organization; his extensive network of contacts proved invaluable,” said Bruce Williams COG Board Chair and Councilmember/ Mayor pro tem of Takoma Park, MD.  “His vision for COG and his collaborative approach took the organization to a much higher level.  We were lucky to have him.”


Another COG Board member, Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald Connolly, said Rogers is “the consummate regional advocate. He moved the regional cooperation ball way down the field.  Much got accomplished during his tenure, including the Regional Emergency Cooperation Plan, the first region-wide telework goal and plans to address the region’s lack of affordable housing.  Michael also led the development of COG’s first-ever strategic plan and adopted a more professional compensation system.”                                                                   

Rogers established partnerships for COG with private and non-profit groups and increased COG’s visibility by inviting those partners to work with the Board on issues like growth, sprawl, and how high tech innovations can benefit local governments.


 “Michael Rogers was a Godsend to COG,” said COG Board member Jim Estepp, a member of the Prince George’s County Council.  “He is the epitome of professionalism and set a standard that will be hard for anyone to duplicate. I have immense respect for him.”


Rogers said the decision to leave COG was the most difficult of his career because he was able to accomplish many of his goals through his work with COG staff.  “I am very proud of this organization and the staff is second to none,” he said.


Previously, Rogers served as the Deputy Mayor for Operations/City Administrator for the District of Columbia, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contracts/Chief Procurement Officer for the City of New York, Vice President/Municipal Services for Ogden Services Corporation, New York City, Director of the Minority Business Development Agency for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Deputy General Manager of the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.  He also serves as an independent consultant on matters of government policy, operations, performance management, and privatization and outsourcing.


Rogers is a member of the boards of directors of several regional organizations including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Washington, National Capital Region Red Cross, the National Association of Regional Councils, and is current chair of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) for the National Capital Region.  He also served as past chairman of the governing boards of both D.C. General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.  Rogers received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. 


“Joining MedStar Health is a wonderful opportunity to become part of a company that provides superior healthcare services to one of the most vital regions of the country,” said Rogers. “My new assignment will allow me to continue to focus on regional issues and advocate for collaboration as an approach to meeting regional challenges.”


Release Date: Dec 11, 2001

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