Leadership

Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Maulik Joshi serves as the president and CEO for Meritus Health. Prior to coming to the organization, Dr. Joshi was the executive vice president of integrated care delivery and chief operating officer for the Anne Arundel Health System, a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., that serves an area of more than 1.2 million people. Previously, Dr. Joshi served as the associate executive vice president at the American Hospital Association and president of the Health Research & Educational Trust. He has a doctorate in public health and a master’s in health services administration, both from the University of Michigan. Dr. Joshi has served on numerous not-for-profit boards within and outside of health care, including most recently, as a governor-appointed commissioner on the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission.

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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,

D.N.P.

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

Dr. Spotts is a graduate of Juniata College and The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and a Past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Dr. Spotts joined Meritus Health in February 2018 as the first VP/Chief Population Health Officer. This position was renamed Chief Health Officer in October 2019 and includes oversight of the Meritus Family Medicine Residency Program, the developing office of Graduate Medical Education (GME), leadership of the “Health” portion of Meritus’ Bold Goals 2030 Strategic Plan, value- based care transformation, and wellness and community health initiatives. He provides clinical and quality oversight to Meritus Medical Practices.

Prior to his arrival at Meritus Health, Dr. Spotts held the position of Chief Medical Information Officer of Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg, PA, 2011-2016 and Chief Health Information Officer in 2016-2018. He practiced family medicine in his home community for 23 years prior to his move to Meritus Health.

Dr. Spotts is an active member of Sunrise Rotary Club, Hagerstown-Fountainhead and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hagerstown. He is a member and President of the Washington County Health Advisory Board, board member of the Maryland Symphony and member of the Washington County Commission on Aging. He is a past Alumni representative/ board member and volunteer of Juniata College, a member of the Penn State College of Medicine Admissions Committee, and holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine.


Aaron George

Aaron George, D.O., FAAFP, FCPP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Aaron George, 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.


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.


Dave Lehr

Dave Lehr

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Lehr is Meritus Health’s first chief strategy officer. Before joining Meritus, he served as vice president and chief information officer for Luminis Health, based in Annapolis, Md. In his time at Luminis, Dave was selected as one of the top 25 emerging leaders in health care in 2019 by Modern Healthcare. He also served as a co-chair for the national opioid taskforce for the College of Health Care Information Management Executives (CHIME) which brings CIOs together from across the country to fight the opioid epidemic. Earlier in his career, Dave was an entrepreneur founding a consulting practice and the cloud based clinical decision support company, Maven Medical. He also worked at the electronic medical records company, Epic. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science in physics with a math minor from Pennsylvania State University.


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.


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.