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Carrie Adams, Pharm. D., Named Chief Operating Officer of Meritus Medical Center

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Carrie Adams, Pharm. D., was recently named chief operating officer of Meritus Medical Center by Maulik Joshi, Dr. P.H., president and CEO of Meritus Health. Meritus Medical Center is Meritus Health’s flagship medical facility, an acute-care hospital with 327 beds that provides care annually through 61,500 emergency department visits, 2,600 trauma visits, 10,000 surgeries and 1,800 baby deliveries.

Dr. Adams’ promotion comes following her leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic response by the health system. Her direction utilizing an incident command center that was set up in early 2020, led to the area’s largest drive-thru screening and testing center and a vaccine clinic that offered the first doses of the shots available to help protect community members of all eligible ages from getting very ill or dying from the virus. She also coordinated inpatient care needs during the dynamic and unprecedented challenges of the pandemic with steady dedication to the care of the tristate community served by Meritus Health.

“Carrie possesses an unwavering drive for providing the best for our patients and led our teams through the challenges of this pandemic with flawless execution,” said Dr. Joshi. “Through surges and the move to crisis standards of care, she remained calm, accessible and focused. Knowing she never wavered in the dynamics of an ever-changing pandemic ensures that Carrie is the right person to lead us as we adjust and direct more resources toward achieving our organization’s ‘bold goals’ for this decade.”

Meritus Health’s teams are working toward meeting the organization’s 2030 bold goals: to achieve zero patient harm, lose one million pounds in the community, become the lowest total cost provider in Maryland and be a nationally ranked employer of choice.

Dr. Adams started her career at Meritus Health as the pharmacy director of Meritus Medical Center. Prior to leading the COVID-19 response, she directed the teams involved in the clinical process redesign and installation of a new electronic health record. Since 2018, she has directed quality improvement initiatives, leading teams to significant changes in readmissions, preventable conditions and other patient outcomes.

Dr. Adams completed her doctorate in pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.