By Jessica Iannetta
July 8, 2021
The following is an excerpt from the original Baltimore Business Journal article.
MedStar Health is eyeing a more regional approach to growth post-pandemic following a recent leadership reconfiguration that included a familiar face taking responsibility for its entire Greater Baltimore portfolio.
Bradley Chambers, who currently serves as President of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, took on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Baltimore region starting July 1. Michael Sachtleben, President of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, was tapped for the same role in the Washington region. Both will retain their hospital presidencies as part of the promotion.
The Columbia-based health system decided to reorganize its leadership structure in order to better manage the system’s growing portfolio in the Baltimore-Washington region, Chambers told the BBJ this month. Much of the 23-year-old health system’s expansion has occurred beyond its 10 hospital campuses through facilities like outpatient sites, urgent care centers and physician practice sites. MedStar wanted to take a more regional approach to integrate those systems and ensure continuity moving forward, Chambers said.
In the Baltimore region, that growth will include everything from traditional capital projects at its hospitals to growing telehealth and at-home health services to new efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion both in medical settings and among MedStar’s own leadership and staff.
Chambers said his first priority is making sure the region continues its strategic growth in its four key areas: cardiovascular, orthopedics, cancer and neurosciences. Another priority will be to address the gaps in health access and equity, particularly in Baltimore City, that came into sharper focus amid the pandemic.
“We need to make sure that we’re getting into communities, neighborhoods, senior living facilities and providing the care to those who did not have access to that care or were limited in their ability to achieve that access during COVID,” he said.
Part of increasing that access could come in the form of MedStar Health Home Care, which Chambers will oversee for the entire health system as part of his new job. The pandemic highlighted the need to provide more health services at home and Chambers said he wants to better integrate Home Care with MedStar’s hospitals and other services so fewer patients have to come to a medical setting to be treated.
Source: Baltimore Business Journal