Joseph P. Ross
President & CEO
Joseph P. Ross has nearly 35 years of experience in the health care industry. Before being named president and CEO of Meritus Health, he was president and CEO of Shore Health System of Maryland in Easton. During his more than 15 years at Shore Health, Mr. Ross created a system-wide approach through the merger of Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital. Prior to leading Shore Health System, Mr. Ross served as president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wis., for eight years. He holds a master's degree in hospital and health system administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Hospital Association, a member of the board of directors of the Terrapin Healthcare Insurance Company, a member of the board of directors of Leadership Maryland, a member of the Health Care CEO Roundtable and a member of the board of directors of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Mr. Ross is also a founding board member of Trivergent Health Alliance along with the CEOs of both Frederick Regional Health System and Western Maryland Health System.
Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Raymond A. Grahe joined Washington County Hospital in 1979 and was instrumental in the successful construction of Meritus Medical Center. Mr. Grahe will leave his position as chief financial officer and senior vice president of strategic ventures and finance with Meritus Health in July 2014 to become the first CEO of the Trivergent Health Alliance Management Services Organization (MSO) recently created to benefit Meritus Health, Frederick Regional Health System and Western Maryland Health System in six key areas. Active in professional and community organizations, he serves as treasurer of Meritus Medical Center, TriState Health Partners, THP ACO and Meritus Healthcare Foundation; chairman of the Maryland Physicians Care board; chairman of the board of managers for Colonial Health Alliance; and member of numerous committees for the Maryland Hospital Association and HSCRC.
Heather Lorenzo, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Heather Lorenzo provided her expertise to Meritus Health in several capacities before becoming chief medical officer, including chief medical information officer, physician advisor to care management, and interim vice president of medical affairs. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and went on to become the chief of residents and associate program director for internal medicine residency at the David Grant Medical Center on the Travis Air Force Base in California. Since then Dr. Lorenzo has worked as a hospitalist at multiple Maryland hospitals, including Shady Grove Adventist and Montgomery General Hospital.
Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
A nurse attorney with more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Carolyn Simonsen served as vice president of business integrity before being named chief compliance officer and vice president of audit and business integrity for Meritus Health. Over the course of her career, Ms. Simonsen has held a number of both management and staff positions in the areas of healthcare law, quality improvement, risk management, case management, cardiac rehabilitation, and critical care nursing. Prior to joining Meritus Health she was vice president of quality and care management at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she provided planning and leadership for the organization's quality, safety, regulatory, and accreditation programs. Ms. Simonsen also served in the Navy Nurse Corps from 1971-1973. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association for Healthcare Quality.
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
Jesus Cepero has more than 25 years of experience as a nurse. Before being named vice president and chief nursing officer of Meritus Health, he was executive director of heart and vascular services at St. Josephs Medical Center in Baltimore. During his time at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Mr. Cepero led the redevelopment of the hospital's heart program and introduction of a vascular services line to the organization. Prior to working at St. Josephs Medical Center, Mr. Cepero served as vice president of nursing, Critical Care/Heart Institute at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a masters degree in public administration from Seton Hall University, and a master of science degree in nursing from Kean University and a Ph.D in Nursing Research from the Catholic University.
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Jake Dorst has over a decade of experience in information technology for hospitals and healthcare systems. Before being named vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of Meritus Health, he was chief information officer at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia. In that role, he was responsible for information and data integrity, data centers, technical service centers, production scheduling functions, help desks, voice and data communication networks, computer program development, and computer systems operations. Mr. Dorst received a bachelor of science degree from Christopher Newport University and is currently pursuing a master of business administration (MBA) degree.
Vice President, Finance
Dale Bushey, vice president of finance for Meritus Health, provides direct supervision of the health system's finance, patient financial services, and health information management departments. In his role, he works to maintain and manage budgets, financial reporting, accounting, payroll, accounts payable, the revenue cycle, taxes, coding and transcription, and treasury functions. Mr. Bushey brings a wealth of financial experience to his position, most recently working as the executive of finance. Before joining Meritus Health, he worked as a controller for the Carlisle Regional Medical Center and manager of financial reporting for Capital Blue Cross. He is a graduate of Penn State University and holds an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University. He is also a certified public accountant. Mr. Bushey serves on the boards of Franklin County Head Start, Potomac Case Management, and the Healthcare Family Credit Union. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Vice President, Support Services
As vice president of support services for Meritus Health, Lee Shaver oversees materials management to include purchasing and distribution, environmental services, clinical engineering, security, mail room, and facilities engineering. Mr. Shaver has extensive experience in healthcare. Before his promotion to vice president, he worked as the executive director for supply chain and logistics for Meritus Health. His previous experience includes working as chief of operations and programming for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency in Ft. Detrick and the director of medical logistics at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Mr. Shaver holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University, is a member of Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society for Healthcare Administration, and he is a board certified healthcare executive as a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Vice President of Quality Management
As the vice president of quality management, Eileen Jaskuta is responsible for the oversight of data management and reporting, performance improvement, safety, evidence-based care and clinical risk management. Her goals include creating and managing the annual quality management strategic plan for the organization and identifying trends and opportunities for quality improvement.
Ms. Jaskuta received her Master of Science in health care administration from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa. She has a black belt graduate certificate in quality and continuous improvement: Six Sigma Lean Methodologies. Most recently, Ms. Jaskuta was the vice president of quality at Mercy Health System in Conshohocken, Pa., and the vice president of nursing and quality at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Pa. Her professional accomplishments include affiliations with the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Quality, serving as a reviewer for various journals and as a guest lecturer at St. Joseph University.