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Dr. John Chessare

President and CEO
GBMC HealthCare

Dr. John Chessare has made major changes at GBMC HealthCare since taking over as president and CEO in 2010. In late 2010, Chessare put the health system on a new course by working with the board of directors on a vision statement.

“We must transform our philosophy and organizational structure and develop a model system for delivering patient-centered care,” he wrote in part in the statement. “We define patient-centered care as the care that manages the patient’s health effectively and efficiently while respecting the perspective and experience of the patient and the patient’s family.”

Chessare started his medical career as a pediatrician but moved into leadership and management because he saw that while employees are dedicated and professional, many health systems are poorly designed.

“Our vision forces us to redesign care,” he said. “Redesigning care has become our core competency. We are out ahead of most organizations in the movement from volume to value in health care because of this. We are thriving as a company because of our ability to redesign and innovate.”

Among the innovations under Chessare are patient-centered medical homes that provide advanced primary care in 10 sites in Baltimore County and city, home elder medical care for frail senior citizens and the system’s integrative and palliative medicine programs.

“Our country’s health care system is so wasteful and is not meeting the needs of the American people, so it is a joy for me to come to work every day to build (a working) system,” he said in a 2018 interview.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Maryland's Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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