Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service (invited)
As U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin serves as America’s Doctor to provide the best scientific information on improving health and reducing the risk of illness and injury. She also leads the U.S. Public Health Corps to oversee public health initiatives that affect all Americans.
Dr. Benjamin is the Founder and Former CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, former Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and Past Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. In 2002 she became President of the Medical Association State of Alabama, the first African American female president of a State Medical Society in the U.S. She served as President of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and Chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Co-chair, Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (invited)
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown is in his second term, leading the administration’s work to improve health care throughout the state. As Chair of the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council and the Co-Chair of the Governor’s Health Reform Coordinating Council, Lt. Gov. Brown leads the state’s health care reform efforts. He recently launched the innovative Health Enterprise Zones program to eliminate disparities in health outcomes among Maryland’s racial groups and geographic areas.
A colonel in the United States Army Reserves, Lt. Gov. Brown is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq. As chairman of the Governor’s Subcabinet on the military base realignment and closure process (BRAC), he successfully led efforts to prepare Maryland for the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs.
Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, he represented Prince George’s County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates and as Majority Whip. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
CEO Panel Moderator
Helen Darling, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Business Group on Health
Ms. Darling is president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit, membership organization that provides practical solutions to its employer-members' health care problems and represents large employers' perspective on national health policy issues. Its 342 members include 67 of the Fortune 100.
She serves on the Committee on Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, where she has been co-chair for 10 years. She is also on the Medical Advisory Panel, Technology Evaluation Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Learning Health System in America and the National Advisory Council of AHRQ. She is on the board of directors of the National Quality Forum and the Congressionally-created Reagan-Udall Foundation.
Ms. Darling received the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s Health Quality Leader Award this year and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care, by Modern Healthcare in 2011. In 2003, she was given a lifetime appointment as a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences for her work for the Institute of Medicine.
William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adventist HealthCare
Mr. Robertson has led Adventist HealthCare – the first and largest health-care system in Montgomery County, Md. – since 2000. Based in Rockville, Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest private employers in Montgomery County, employing more than 6,200 people and caring for nearly 450,000 patients each year.
He is involved with a number of community organizations including The Governor’s Workforce Investment Board; The Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland; The Maryland Workforce Corporation Board; the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board and Economic Development Committee; the Montgomery County Economic Advisory Council; the Strathmore Hall Foundation Board; IMPACT Silver Spring Council of Advisors; the Maryland Hospital Association’s (MHA) Executive Committee, MHA’s “Who Will Care?” Initiative, MHA Operations Committee, MHA Task Forces on Health Care Reform and Future of Payment System in Maryland; and the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees.
J. Knox Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Inova Health System
J. Knox Singleton was first named to lead Inova Health System in 1984 when it was called the Fairfax Hospital Association. He joined the Fairfax Hospital Association as executive vice president for operations in 1983. During his tenure, he has led Inova through a period of significant growth and expansion to now comprise of hospitals, nursing homes, emergency- and urgent-care centers, assisted-living communities, a home health agency, community health and wellness programs, and various community clinics.
Mr. Singleton is a director and officer of numerous community organizations that address issues such as affordable housing and human services. He is a trustee of Maryville College in Maryville, TN, serves as president for the Community Coalition for Haiti and is a Ruling Elder of Vienna Presbyterian Church. Mr. Singleton is one of 16 members appointed to George Mason University’s Board of Visitors by the Governor of Virginia. He was named 1990 Citizen of the Year by The Washington Post and received the 1993 Community Care Award for Health from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
Neil Meltzer, President, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LifeBridge Health
Mr. Meltzer has total responsibility for Sinai Hospital, a 494-bed community teaching hospital in Baltimore, Md. and is also LifeBridge Health’s Senior Vice President. LifeBridge Health includes Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital Center, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Hospital, Sinai Rehabilitation, LifeBridge Health and Fitness, SurgiCenter of Baltimore, Maryland Kidney Stone Center as well as a number of other smaller subsidiaries.
He joined Sinai Hospital in 1988 as Vice President of Operations and became senior vice president and chief operating officer in 1996. His professional activities and associations include membership in the American College of Health Care Executives, The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore City Workforce Investment Board.
Mr. Meltzer currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Hospital Association and is a member of its Executive Committee and Chairman of the Council on Legislative and Regulatory Policy. The Governor of Maryland appointed Mr. Meltzer to chair the State’s Workforce Investment Board Health Care Committee effective September 2008, which he continues to chair. He has also been appointed to serve on the National Health Care Workforce Commission.