Downloads & Resources How to use the Johns Hopkins Name Correctly

In an organization as complex as Johns Hopkins Medicine, it's not surprising when people are confused about when to use what name. It's legally important to use the various Hopkins names correctly, whether it's in a contract, a Web site, printed materials (including books and papers) or public speaking.

Please note that these guidelines aren't meant to replace the Johns Hopkins Medicine brand and graphic standards, found on this site.

When to capitalize the

When referring to legal entities (e.g., The Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation), you must capitalize The in the name.

When referring to a school within The Johns Hopkins University, use lowercase the in a running copy sentence; for example, "The course is offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine." However, when referring to one of the University's schools (possessive), use upper case The; for example, "She is a faculty member in The Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine."

The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation

This name refers only to the single legal entity employing over 2500 people who support several legal entities with services that include, among others, Legal, Finance, Human Resources and Compliance.

Johns Hopkins Health System

This term does not refer only to the legal entity The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation.

Rather, the term 'Johns Hopkins Health System' refers to a group of entities including The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries, as follows:

  • The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs Inc. (EHP)
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital  
  • Suburban Hospital, Inc.

Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Inc. are not part of the group of entities referred to as the Johns Hopkins Health System because The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation owns only 50 percent of each of these entities. These two legal entities are, however, part of the group of entities referred to as Johns Hopkins Medicine (see below).

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is not part of the group of entities referred to as the Johns Hopkins Health System.

It is critical to identify the actual legal entity(ies) in contracts and in applications for grants, licenses, etc.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

This term does not refer to a legal entity.

Johns Hopkins Medicine refers to the vehicle through which internal operational activities and external initiatives are coordinated. Although it is not a legal entity, it includes the following principal entities:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs Inc. (EHP)
  • Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
  • Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Inc. and subsidiaries
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine International, LLC
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Suburban Hospital, Inc.

Johns Hopkins Medicine should be used when referring to all of the above entities collectively.

It is critical to identify the actual legal entity(ies) in contracts and in applications for grants, licenses, etc.

Johns Hopkins medical institutions

This term does not itself refer to a legal entity. Johns Hopkins medical institutions refers to the vehicle through which internal operational activities are coordinated.

This term is sometimes used to refer collectively to:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Sometimes this term also is used to refer to more schools/entities than these four; however, use of this term for that purpose is discouraged.

It is critical to identify the actual legal entity(ies) in contracts and in applications for grants, licenses, etc.

Johns Hopkins institutions

This term does not itself refer to a legal entity. Johns Hopkins institutions refers to the vehicle through which internal operational activities are coordinated.

This term is sometimes used to refer collectively to all of the following principal entities:

  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs Inc. (EHP)
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
  • Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Inc. and subsidiaries
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine International, LLC
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Suburban Hospital, Inc.

It is critical to identify the actual legal entity(ies) in contracts and in applications for grants, licenses, etc.