Laurence M. Merlis, president and chief executive officer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), has been named chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Health Care Committee.
The GBC Health Care Committee studies and develops policies and positions on health care access and health care insurance industry issues affecting businesses.
“Health care in the region faces many challenges, including maintaining quality providers, recruiting new professionals and ensuring access to coverage options,” said Merlis. “I look forward to helping the Greater Baltimore Committee and its members develop solutions for these and other health care issues that face the greater Baltimore business community.”
Merlis has more than 30 years experience in health care. Prior to joining GBMC in July 1999, he served as executive vice president for Meridian Health System in New Jersey. While at Meridian, Merlis was responsible for the operations of the four hospitals in the system. He also served as president and CEO of Riverview Health Care Services Corporation and president and CEO of East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.
Under Merlis’ leadership, GBMC continues to serve as a leader in Maryland’s health care community and has received recognition including being named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report on several occasions.
“Merlis’ staunch advocacy to improve the quality and delivery of health care will serve the GBC Health Care Committee well as we continue to advance toward our goal of providing better health care for the region,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee. “He provides the leadership skills and expertise to help the business community meet health care challenges in today’s economic environment.”