No. 12: Neil Meltzer
PRESIDENT AND CEO, LIFEBRIDGE HEALTH
Neil Meltzer learned the importance of family and community growing up in Boston. In high school, the president and chief executive officer of LifeBridge Health worked in various jobs in a hospital, an experience that planted the seeds for his life and career.
“I grew up in a family that always taught me to believe if you were fortunate enough to have, that you should be giving back. It’s your obligation,” he said in 2020. His family raised money and volunteered for the American Red Cross and other organizations.
Meltzer went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Administration at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was named vice president of operations with Sinai Hospital in 1988 and eventually moved up to LifeBridge CEO in 2013.
Today, LifeBridge is a network of four hospitals, a medical center, LifeBridge Health and Fitness, and medical care centers in three communities.
“I am so proud of how our LifeBridge Health teams work every day to care for our patients and communities,” he said. “I am a true believer in the power of partnership. We can always learn from one another, and we will go farther if we work together. This has been particularly true in this pandemic, which has shown us how we are all connected. On a more personal level, one of the biggest success factors I’ve learned as a leader is the importance of being vulnerable and relatable.”
Meltzer takes pride in what his staff has created at LifeBridge. “We have a bold vision to transform health care delivery and improve the quality of life in our communities,” he said, highlighting a new emergency department at Grace Medical Center in West Baltimore and the launch of the West Baltimore Renaissance Foundation to support the community. LifeBridge has also helped support the community near its Sinai Hospital, among other lower-profile community projects.
During the pandemic, Meltzer has also had LifeBridge start two community mobile health clinics aimed at expanding testing and health care services to people at high risk of becoming sick with the disease but unable to go to testing centers.