History & Key Personnel


Rockburn Institute is a not-for-profit research and education group which was established in 1978 by faculty and staff of The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Early studies concentrated on state databases, case mix, case mix severity measures, measuring the impact of peer review, and the cost of graduate medical education programs.

In 1986, the Institute conducted a major study for the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals measuring the impact of prospective payment on psychiatric hospitals. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and altered the federal governmental approach to hospital payment.

Since 1990, Rockburn has supported integrated health systems’ programs in evidence-based medicine, value-based healthcare, and Clinical Integration. In 2009 the Institute initiated environmental studies focusing on storm water management.

We also serve Howard County and Maryland through our environmental studies focusing on storm water management, advocacy, education, and support of other non-profits.

Our work on housing in Howard County and Maryland aims to highlight the linkages between health and housing and advocate for housing solutions for seniors and all.

Dale Schumacher, MD is founder and president. Fern Nerhood is our lead analyst. Jean James is our database manager.  Richard Carroll is a senior advisor on the team. We are a non-profit with offices in Howard County, Maryland.

Key Personnel

Rockburn Institute      410-796-4554      dsrockinst@aol.com