Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H., president and chief executive officer, is a seasoned health care executive with more than 27 years of experience on both the national and state level. He previously served as executive vice president of integrated care delivery and chief operating officer at Anne Arundel Health System in Annapolis, Md. Prior to that, he served for eight years as associate executive vice president of the American Hospital Association and president of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust. He holds both a doctorate in public health and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan. His Bachelor of Science in mathematics is from Lafayette College in Pa.

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

Carolyn Simonsen

Executive Vice President

Carolyn Simonsen, executive vice president 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

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.

Melanie HeustonMelanie M. Heuston,


Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer

Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing and patient care officer. 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.

Douglas A. Spotts Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D.

Chief Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D., FAAFP, chief health officer or CHO 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.

Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D.

Chief Quality/Transformation Officer

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., is 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.

Laurie Bender

Laurie Bender

Chief Compliance Officer

Laurie Bender is 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 more than 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.

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.

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.

Josh Repac

Vice President, Revenue Cycle and Clinical Support Services

Josh Repac, vice president, revenue cycle and clinical support services, previously served as executive director of revenue cycle and reimbursement for the organization. Prior to coming to Meritus health, he served as director of the Berkeley Research Group and manager advisory of KPMG, LLP, both health care reimbursement companies located in the Baltimore region. He is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore/Towson University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Lynn Haines, Esq.

Lynn Haines, Esq.

Vice President, Legal Services

Lynn Haines, Esq., vice president, legal services, previously served as associate general counsel for the organization, providing legal advice; drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts; and serving as a legal resource for various departments. Before joining the health system, she was in-house counsel for Access World (USA) LLC, a Fortune Global 500 subsidiary company in Baltimore, Md., and corporate counsel for Magnolia Management Inc., a skilled nursing home management corporation formerly located in Hagerstown, Md. She received her juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She is a member of the American Health Law Association and licensed to practice in Maryland. She also served as a volunteer mediator for the District Court of Maryland for many years.

Aaron George

Aaron George, D.O., FAAFP, FCPP

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Aaron George, Associate Chief Medical Officer, received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. and completed his residency in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Dr. George was a Andlinger fellow in health policy with the Center for Public Health in Vienna, Austria, where he focused on models of care delivery. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine, where he teaches coursework on the history of medicine. He has been a regular contributor to Medical Economics with a focus on population health, medical education and physician leadership development throughout the spectrum of clinical training. Dr. George is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.