LifeBridge Health has a new president and chief executive officer, but he’s a very familiar face.
Neil Meltzer, who will be succeeding Warren Green, took over the position on July 1. He worked in the system since 1988, when he first joined Sinai Hospital as its vice president of operations.
“I feel like I’m well-prepared in terms of understanding, in great detail, the organization,” he said.
Having worked with almost every organization in LifeBridge, Meltzer feels properly positioned to move the company into the future. His immediate goals are to finalize LifeBridge’s new strategic plan, retool and prepare for the health care reform and solidify the organization’s team.
Meltzer’s understanding of all levels of the health care system comes from the fact that he started literally at the bottom. One of his first jobs was cleaning mice cages in a basement research lab at a hospital in Massachusetts.
When he came to Baltimore in 1988, he said the city pleasantly surprised him by truly welcoming his family.
“I had never worked for a Jewish organization before,” he said. “It was actually both refreshing and embracing to be part of an organization that truly believes in the values of Judaism, and I think as a result of that, my family felt very comfortable and very welcome.”
In his time at LifeBridge and Sinai Hospital, he created the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute, the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital, LifeBridge Health & Fitness and the Office of Medical Education. He also helped expand the Krieger Eye Institute and restructure the Operations Improvement department and Sinai Physician Partners group.
Meltzer is also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, chairman of the Jewish Hospital Task Force of the Jewish Federations of North America, an executive committee member of the Maryland Hospital Association, a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and he serves on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s National Health Care Workforce Commission.
“I have a broad array of experiences, but I think one of things I do best is actually galvanize a team of people working together towards a common goal,” Meltzer said.