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Neil Meltzer’s Vision for LifeBridge Health Series Part One: From Mr. Brown to Mr. Green

Posted Jul 09 2013 10:37am

On July 1, 2013 Neil Meltzer became President and CEO of LifeBridge Health . In this 4-part series he shares his vision for the organization.

Neil Meltzer’s professional – and personal — mission of delivering quality, cost-effective health care has been felt across the world. His work lives in the young girl from Sri Lanka whose treatments at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics will let her live her dream of becoming a dancer; in the grandfather whose cataract surgery at the Krieger Eye Institute will let him read aloud to his granddaughter; and in the man whose treatment at the Berman Brain & Spine Institute will let him return to college and re-build his life after traumatic brain injury.

These are the people – your family, your friends and your neighbors – that Meltzer holds in his heart when he comes to work each day. He began his relationship with Sinai Hospital as vice president of operations before ascending the ranks and eventually assuming the title of president and COO of Sinai Hospital and senior vice president of LifeBridge Health. Now, he succeeds Warren Green as CEO of the entire LifeBridge Health system. Meltzer believes that LifeBridge Health is a steward of its communities, and that we build our legacy one person at a time.

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“One of the great things about LifeBridge Health is that we have a full continuum of care,” he says. “We’re the organization with a community conscience, a social conscience; we work with our community as partners in their health.”

He first saw the power of this partnership as a high school student in New England. Now, he has that corner office in the C-suite, but his first jobs in a hospital were actually in the basement he cleaned rat cages in the research department; then he purged old X-ray films. As he’d emerge for a moment of fresh air, hed often encounter the hospitals then-CEO, Mr. Brown, who would make time to sit with the young man. Until that point, Meltzer thought that clinicians, such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists, were the primary agents of change within health care.

Mr. Brown would talk about aspects of health care that he was involved in, Meltzer reflects. And through those discussions, I ended up working for that hospital throughout high school and college. I just got a real liking for the kind of work he did, knowing that you could actually benefit the health of the public through health care administration. I really did want to influence the health of a population.

These impromptu talks with Mr. Brown sparked a lasting passion for public health, a passion that perfectly aligns with the industrys increasing emphasis on managing the health of a population well beyond the four walls of a typical hospital. Though he could have easily gone on to get an advanced degree in health care administration or even business administration, Meltzer pursed a masters in public health. This makes him especially well-suited to continue Warren Greens work of integrating and expanding LifeBridge Health not just in brick and mortar buildings, and not just in scope of influence, but in the trust and esteem of our neighbors.

-Laura Bogart

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premiere health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.

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