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Joseph P. Ross

Joseph P. Ross

President and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph P. Ross began as president and chief executive officer or CEO in April 2011. He has more than 40 years of experience in the health care industry, including serving as president and CEO of Shore Health System of Maryland in Easton, Md., and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wis. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives or FACHE, a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Hospital Association and a founding board member of Trivergent Health Alliance. He holds a master’s degree in hospital and health system administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Carolyn Simonsen Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Carolyn Simonsen

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

Carolyn Simonson is vice president and chief administrative officer and also serves as the organization’s chief compliance officer or CAO. She is a nurse attorney with more than 30 years of health care experience in law, quality improvement, case and risk management, cardiac rehabilitation and critical care nursing. She was previously vice president of quality and care management at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., and also served in the Navy Nurse Corps. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Health Care Compliance Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.


Tom Chan  Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thomas T. Chan

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thomas T. Chan serves as vice president and chief financial officer or CFO. He began his health care career with KPMG and has 15 years of experience in Maryland’s health care rate setting system. He was previously vice president of finance management at Adventist HealthCare in Montgomery County, Md., and vice president and chief financial officer of Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. He serves on the boards of Trivergent Health Alliance and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. He has bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Brooke Buckley Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Brooke Buckley, M.D., FACS

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Brooke Buckley, M.D., FACS, is vice president and chief medical officer or CMO, serving as senior leadership’s liaison to the medical staff. She most recently served in several roles at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., including chief of the division of general surgery, associate chief for professional development in the department of surgery, medical director of both acute care surgery and the wound center and as an emergency surgeon on staff. Dr. Buckley holds board membership and appointed positions in the American Medical Association, Maryland State Medical Society and American College of Surgeons and is certified with the American Board of Surgery. She received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and completed her residency at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Ohio.


Melanie Heuston

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P.

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P., RN, is vice president and chief nursing officer or CNO. She most recently served as director of nursing at UPMC Passavant in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she led a team of more than 800 nurses and co-led the Magnet® journey. In addition, she taught graduate-level nursing students and served as preceptor for clinical experiences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing where she also received her doctorate in nursing practice and her master’s degree in nursing. She completed her doctoral residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She is a certified nurse executive and holds a certificate in the Fundamentals of Magnet®.


Lee Shaver  Vice President, Support Services

A. Lee Shaver Jr.

Vice President, Professional Support Services

Lee Shaver oversees organizational and professional support services, including clinical and facilities engineering, durable medical equipment, environmental, home health, imaging, mail, nutrition, rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, patient transport and security. He is the service liaison for three areas of the Trivergent Health Alliance Management Services Organization - supply chain operations, laboratory services and inpatient pharmacy services. He was previously the chief of operations and programming for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency in Ft. Detrick, Md., and holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Baylor University in Texas. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives or FACHE.


Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D.

Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., is vice president and chief transformation officer or CTO, overseeing operations improvement, clinical informatics and the new electronic health record or EHR conversion. Previously, she was the corporate director of pharmacy services at Trivergent Health Alliance Management Services Organization, in which Meritus is an affiliated partner. She completed her doctorate at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She is also certified as a green belt in Six Sigma.


Douglas A. Spotts Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D.

Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D., FAAFP, is the organization’s first chief population health officer or CPHO. Dr. Spotts is responsible for population and community health and wellness for the health system’s accountable care organization or ACO and he oversees Meritus Medical Group operations and clinical leadership for the 100 providers in the practices. Dr. Spotts has 25 years of experience leading medical operations for health care organizations, most recently serving as chief health information officer for the Evangelical Medical Services Organization in Lewisburg, Pa. He is board certified in family medicine and received his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is a fellow and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation or AAFP-F and a member of the American Association of Physician Leadership.


William Jason Cole

W. Jason Cole

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jason Cole is the vice president and chief information officer or CIO, responsible for all information technology for the organization. Previously, he served as senior director/CIO at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a part of Johns Hopkins Medicine Health System. He also served as senior leader of information technology for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians with 42 ambulatory locations. Additionally, he held several key positions at MedStar, affording him vast exposure to hundreds of application and infrastructure projects across MedStar hospitals. He began his career in technology at two large finance companies, Bank of America and MBNA Financial and earned his bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania.


David Hope Vice President, Physician Services

David Hope

Vice President, Physician Services​

David Hope, M.H.S.A., CMPE, is vice president, physician services for Meritus Medical Group. This position includes management responsibility for more than 20 primary and specialty care practices, occupational health and urgent care. David has extensive health care experience, serving most recently as the associate vice president of network operations at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. He stepped into that role following nine years as the organization’s associate vice president of ambulatory services. Additionally, David was administrator and chief executive officer of the Endoscopy Center of Ocala in Florida, and worked in health care in Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana. He has a master’s of health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a certified medical practice executive or CMPE.



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