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Verna S. Meacham appointed Nexus Health President & CEO.

The Board of Nexus Health, a Maryland-based, not-for-profit health services company based in Oxon Hill, the parent company of the Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC), selected Verna S. Meacham, MPH, FACHE, CPHQ, to be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexus Health. Her appointment was effective June 1, 2009.

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FWMC is a 41-bed, licensed acute care hospital located in Fort Washington, MD; the Carolyn Boone Lewis Health Care Center (CBL), a 183-bed, long-term care facility in Washington, D.C.; and Consulting Inc., a for-profit company. Both FWMC and CBL are not-for-profit companies.

According to Beverly J. Anderson, Ph.D., Chair of the Nexus Health Board of Trustees, "The selection of Ms. Meacham provides a pivotal change for us. During what has become a critical period in our economic history, and in the history of the healthcare industry overall, we're pleased to have an individual of Ms. Meacham's experience and success in healthcare leadership serve at the helm of our system." Meacham comes to Nexus Health from the Midwest-based SSM Network Healthcare System where she served from 2008 to 2009 as the Interim President of SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, a 122- bed acute care facility and one of 20 SSM hospitals within the faith-based system founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The System was the recipient of the 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Meacham served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2007 through 2008.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Meacham holds a master's degree in health services administration from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and a bachelor's degree in human biology and psychology from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

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