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Chase Brexton names new president and CEO

Patrick Mutch

Patrick Mutch

Chase Brexton Health Care has named Patrick Mutch as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, the health care provider’s board of directors announced Thursday.

Mutch is coming to Chase Brexton from Saint Agnes Hospital, where he recently served as the hospital’s interim president and CEO.

“I am extremely excited to join Chase Brexton Health Care, and carry on its legacy of community care serving some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable populations,” Mutch said in a statement. “Health care is changing to integrate all determinants of patient health including medical, behavioral, dental and social. Chase Brexton is uniquely positioned to accomplish this vision and be a leader in the community.”

Mutch will seek to further Chase Brexton’s status as a Federally Qualified Health Center and its growth across the central Maryland region. Mutch also plans to meet with LGBT community leaders in the coming months.

“I am keenly aware of the important role that Chase Brexton has served in Baltimore’s LGBT community over the past 40 years,” he said.

In November, Chase Brexton announced that current CEO Richard Larison decided not to renew his contract, months after the health care provider’s employees took on a public fight to unionize. Larison joined Chase Brexton in July 2012.

Mutch was hired after a month-long process undertaken by the board’s search committee. The committee also met with Chase Brexton staff to learn more about the qualities employees wanted in the organization’s next CEO, the board said.

“We were impressed by Patrick’s deep understanding of our welcoming, affirming, patient-focused care,” said Board Chair Carolyn Kennedy in a statement. “He possesses a wealth of experience in both non-profit and for-profit health care systems, and understands how to lead and develop integrated care models.”

Mutch has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in public health specializing in health care administration, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also been a practitioner faculty member for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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