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

Carolyn Simonsen

President and Interim Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Simonsen, president and interim chief executive officer 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 the 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, 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.

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. Dr. Spotts is responsible for population and community health and wellness for the system’s accountable care organization or ACO and 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.

Lee Shaver  Vice President, Support Services

A. Lee Shaver Jr.

Vice President, Professional Support Services

Lee Shaver oversees organizational, professional, support services, including clinical and facilities engineering, durable medical equipment, environmental, home health, imaging, mail, nutrition, patient transport, rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, patient transport and security. He is the service liaison for three areas of the Trivergent Health Alliance Managed 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.

Melanie Heuston

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P.

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, is vice president and chief nursing officer or CNO. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master’s in nursing administration and doctorate in nursing practice, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her clinical expertise is in the field of cardiothoracic ICU nursing and she has held a variety of executive nursing roles in hospital and system administration. Her management focus has been on recruitment, retention and leadership development, including workforce issues related to building professional practice environments, developing high-performing teams, integration of resources and systems and career advancement for nurses at all levels. She began in her current position in April 2017, and has recently led the organization to become a Magnet® Recognized hospital, the highest credential from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or ANCC for excellence in nursing care. With the national Magnet® credential, Meritus Medical Center joins only six other hospitals in Maryland, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center, with this distinction.

Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D.

Vice President and Chief Quality/Transformation Officer

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., is vice president and chief quality/ transformation officer, 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 Managed Services Organization, in which Meritus is an affiliated partner. There, she successfully aligned and implemented best practice pharmacy models and led drug utilization initiatives for a cumulative, three-year savings of $11 million. 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.

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

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. 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.

Stephen Nelson, J.D.

Stephen Nelson, J.D.

Vice President and General Counsel

Stephen Nelson, J.D., serves as vice president and general counsel providing oversight of all legal affairs. For the past 26 years, he served as in-house counsel at Mayo Clinic, an academic medical center. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance and a law degree from the University of Denver. He is health-law certified by the Florida Bar Association and a member of both the American Health Lawyers Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He has also served as an adjunct health law professor at the University of St. Francis in Jacksonville, Fla.

Laura Minteer

Laura Minteer

Vice President, Human Resources

Laura Minteer serves as vice president of human resources, leading the management and strategic planning for recruitment, employee relations, compensation and benefits and employee health. She recently transitioned from her role as the human resources lead for Meritus Health within Trivergent Health Alliance MSO, where she had been since 2016. Previously, she was the senior human resources executive at Mount Nittany Health in State College, Pa. She has a master’s degree in human resources management from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., and a bachelor’s in business administration from Shippensburg University, also in Pennsylvania.

Laurie Bender

Laurie Bender

Interim Chief Compliance Officer

Laurie Bender is currently serving as the interim chief compliance officer, responsible for establishing standards and procedures to ensure programs identify, prevent, detect and correct non-compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She has been with the organization for 35 years, starting in budgeting and finance before moving to the compliance department to start up the internal audit function and eventually manage both compliance and internal audit. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University, both in Maryland.