Adams to retire after years of service at Bayview
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:20

Community groups to honor Adams’ work

by Nicole Rodman

    For Gayle Adams, her job is all about building relationships.
    As director of Community Relations at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Adams has spent most of her 40-year career serving as a liaison between the hospital and the communities it serves.
    Now, Adams is saying farewell to the many people she has formed relationships with over the years as she prepares to retire on July 7.
    Gayle Adams’ work at Bayview predates Bayview itself.
    She began working at what was then called Baltimore City Hospitals as an intern while she was pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
    She was later hired by the hospital full-time.
    Ten years later, In 1984, Baltimore City transferred ownership of the hospital to Johns Hopkins.
    The hospital’s Community Relations department, headed by Adams, was established the following year.
    As director of Community Relations, Adams’ role has been to connect the hospital to the community.
    “My job includes responsibility for our community outreach, community health education, community development, government relations and some hospital administrative tasks,” she explained.

To that end, Adams and her staff attend community meetings, fairs, festivals and other community activities.
    In her role representing Bayview, Adams has worked with many organizations in the Dundalk area.
    According to Amy Menzer, executive director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. (DRC), Adams has been an integral part of the DRC and the wider community.
    “Gayle has been involved in the DRC from its inception, for which we are deeply grateful,” Menzer said.
    Menzer noted that she has learned much from working with Adams over the years.
    “I have benefited from her counsel on how to handle issues ranging from personnel to policy to programmatic and will miss her level-headed and thoughtful perspective, laced with humor,” she explained.
    Adams also worked closely with the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce for many years.
    “Gayle has either supported us through a position on the board of directors or has headed committees over the years,” Chamber office manager Dotty Cristy noted.
    “With her experience in community relations with Hopkins Bayview, she has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful  to the Chamber,” Cristy said, adding, “Gayle will be greatly missed.”
    In addition to the DRC and the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Adams has represented Bayview through her work with a variety of other organizations.
    She served two years as president of the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce and has also worked with the Greater Dundalk Community Council (GDDC) and Union Baptist Church.
    In 1999, the Optimist Club of Dundalk recognized Adams’ tireless efforts by naming her Humanitarian of the Year.
    “Johns Hopkins Bayview is part of the community, so it needs to be part of helping to make it a good place to live,” Adams said of her community efforts.
    While she will be missed in the community at large, Adams’ absence will be deeply felt by her colleagues as well.
    “Her passion for serving our patients and neighbors, and her commitment to improving our neighborhoods, are unsurpassed,” Bayview president Dr. Richard G. Bennett said.
    “She always has been an advocate to ensure that campus development enriches the neighborhoods around us. She is a treasure, and we will miss her.”
    For her part, Adams says she will miss “all the wonderful people I’ve worked with over the course of my career.”
    As far as retirement goes, Adams has made no firm plans.
    “I want to take a few weeks off to see if I like laying by the pool with a book, and we have a family wedding and a vacation planned in October,” she said, noting, “Nothing is definite beyond that.”
    Adams will be honored by both the hospital and the community at two separate retirement parties.
    On Thursday, June 26, the DRC, the Chamber of Commerce and the GDDC will host a celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sparrows Point Country Club, 919 Wise Avenue.
    Tickets cost $20 and include appetizers and cake. A cash bar will be available.
    Those wishing to attend may call Amy Menzer at 410-282-0261 or e-mail or pay at the door.
    Bayview will also honor Adams with a retirement party on the hospital campus on Monday, June 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.
    For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 410-550-4921 or e-mail