Samuel Ross, M.D., M.S., is the President of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Chief Community Health Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health. Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) is one of the largest health care systems in the nation. BSMH owns and operates health care facilities in Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Along with managing an acute care hospital in the heart of West Baltimore, Dr. Ross is also responsible for a vast network of community outreach divisions that focus on positively impacting outcomes that influence the social determinants of health, i.e. affordable housing, education, job skills, behavioral health, substance abuse and rehabilitation. He is a tireless and passionate advocate for improving health disparities, inequities and access to care in the communities Bon Secours Mercy Health serves.
He is a past member of the Maryland Hospital Association Executive Committee, where he served as Vice-Chair, and previously chaired the Women/Minority Business Initiative for the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA). He currently is a member of the MHA Nominating Committee. In 2018 he was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. He also currently serves on Catholic Health Association Health Equity and Disparities Committee and Maryland Catholic Charities Risk Oversight Committee.
Ross is one of Baltimore’s most dynamic health care executives. He served as Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore branch, and is the immediate past Board Chair for 340B Health. Dr. Ross is a former Board member for Americas Essential Hospitals and chaired the membership committee. In the March 2018 issue of Becker’s Hospital Review, Dr. Ross was named one of 50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know.
He was recognized by The Daily Record in 2013 as one of the Top 20 Most Admired CEOs in Maryland. Dr. Ross has received recognitions by: the National Association of Health Services Executive – Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter Healthcare Leader honoree; Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program, a finalist for the 2013 Sondheim Exemplary Leadership Award; Smart CEO, 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards finalist (Healthcare), and he was named in the May 2012 issue of Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.
He served on the former Baltimore City Police Commissioner’s African –American Advisory Council, the board of Behavioral Health System Baltimore, and in 2015 he co-chaired the Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force.
In 2014, Bon Secours and sixteen (16) other west Baltimore partners (West Baltimore Primary Care Access Collaborative) were awarded one of five Health Enterprise Zone designations by state of Maryland. Their focus was on reduction of health disparities in low income populations and population health management through impacts on the social determinants of health. He is a frequently requested presenter at local and national meetings such as Congressional hearing, Catholic Health Association annual assembly, Meeting of the Minds annual gathering, Neighbor Works annual meeting, NAHSE regional meeting, Anchor Institution Task Force annual meeting.
Prior to his arrival to Baltimore and Bon Secours, Dr. Ross was a member of the staff of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas where he served in varied positions for over 14 years including: Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Staff/House Staff Division.
Bio posted September 2020