GBMC Healthcare picked John B. Chessare, a pediatrician and hospital administrator, to be its next president, medical system officials said Friday.
The system, which includes the 300-bed Greater Baltimore Medical Center hospital in Towson and dozens of physician offices, has been searching for a permanent leader since Laurence M. Merlis left in January.
"I am thrilled to have been selected the next president and CEO of GBMC HealthCare, which has a long established reputation for high quality care in a unique setting," said Chessare, in a statement. "I look forward to the challenge of leading the organization and toward positioning GBMC for continued success in a competitive market and a changing healthcare environment."
GBMC officials said Chessare was the unanimous choice by the system board.
Chessare's most recent hospital administrator job was as president of Caritas Christi Health Care System's 264-bed Caritas Norwood Hospital outside Boston, where he left in 2008. He served as interim president of the six-hospital Critas Christi system, owned by the Archdiocese of Boston, for two years and was a contender for the job permanently, according to Boston media accounts.
Chessare has also served in other executive level medical system positions in Boston and Albany, N.Y. He's most recently been a consultant for health care organizations focusing on operation changes to improve patient flow and satisfaction and cost cutting, according to GBMC officials.
Chessare is a trained pediatrician and earned his medical degree from the University of Rome in 1979. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and attained his Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
He and his wife, Tracey, are expected to move shortly from Massachusetts to the Baltimore area. Their four children attend colleges on the East Coast.
"After a careful review of the candidates, the search committee concluded that Dr. Chessare's experience and perspective on executive and physician leadership, as well as his vision for the future, aligned well with GBMC's mission of Health, Healing and Hope," said GBMC board chairman Charles C. Fenwick Jr., in a statement.