- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2002

Michael C. Rogers has been waiting for a chance to work as a senior manager at a corporation, although he has spent most of his career in the public sector.
"I know I can be a good manager, but I started to hit a point in my life where I wanted to do that on a higher level in a corporation," he said.
The goal prompted him to accept a colleague's offer to be the executive vice president of corporate services for MedStar Health, the Columbia, Md., nonprofit health system that owns the Franklin Square, the Good Samaritan and the Harbor hospitals in the Baltimore area. It also owns the Georgetown University, the National Rehabilitation, and the Washington hospital centers in the District.
"It's an exciting management position where I'm in charge of a range of issues at the corporate level," Mr. Rogers said.
When he starts in January, he will act as a regional supervisor over system strategic planning, marketing, public relations and communications, government affairs and fund development.
The 53-year-old is the executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, a federal planning organization for 17 cities and counties in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District.
"I took this job because I focus more as a regional leader than on any one location," Mr. Rogers said. "Washington and Baltimore are growing so much closer in regards to the economies that it makes sense to not focus corporate growth in just one market."
Mr. Rogers' four-year stint at the council has brought about the regional emergency coordination plan, a transportation plan to allow quick evacuation of the Washington area; and the regional incident communications system, a virtual system that offers quicker emergency communication.
Before working at the council, he was the director of such offices as contract procurement and operations for the D.C., Detroit and New York governments.
John McDaniel, chief executive of MedStar, said Mr. Rogers would be a leader in dealing with the Maryland, D.C. and Baltimore governments, as well as lobbying the federal government.
"Michael really has the right background, education and experience to be able to sort through complex issues and circumstances in the health care industry and simplify them for public and government consumption," Mr. McDaniel said.
Mr. Rogers said his first priority at MedStar would be to expand its services into the District's health care network. "It will be a challenge to expand MedStar in that market, but it's one of the things I'm looking forward to when I start the job," he said.
Mr. Rogers lives in the District with his wife, Angela Avant, and daughter, Mackenzie.

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