The Calvert Memorial Hospital board of directors has named longtime local physician Dr. J. Michael Brooks of Calvert Family Practice Associates as vice president of medical affairs. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Brooks has been in private practice for 22 years. He replaces Dr. Robert Schlager who left in May to accept a position at another hospital in Maine.
“Dr. Brooks is well known in the community for his calm and thoughtful demeanor as well as his lifelong commitment to quality health care,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “He is the right physician to lead us into the future as the hospital grows and continues to enhance the quality of care provided at CMH.”
“His experience with patient care and hospital administration make him an ideal advocate for our many quality and care improvement initiatives,” said Xinis. “Today, it’s not enough to care for patients when they are ill. We must do everything we can to help them stay healthy in the first place.”
Dr. Brooks became an active member of the CMH medical staff in 1990 after serving seven years as a doctor in the US Navy. He has served as chairman of the hospital’s department of family medicine multiple times as well as numerous other committees over the past 22 years. He was a member of the CMH board of directors from 1996-2003. He is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.
Additionally, he was recognized twice by Calvert Memorial for his leadership and service to the community. In 2004, he was honored for his work on the CMH Physician Leadership Development Program and again in 2005 for his participation in the athletic programs of Calvert County. In 2007, Dr. Brooks was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by Calvert County Public Schools for his work at Huntingtown High School.
“I decided to accept the position to take on a new challenge – to take on a new role in medicine, to be involved with primary care advocacy,” said Dr. Brooks, “and to be involved with strategic planning for the medical future of our hospital and community.”
“After 20-plus years as a community primary care physician,” he said, “I understand how health care is managed on an individual basis with each patient and how that relationship will impact the future of health care in our community.”
Dr. Brooks said he plans to continue to practice part-time. “I have been a family physician over half my life and I still enjoy attending to patients of all ages. That’s why I look forward to continuing to see my patients at Calvert Family Practice Associates. Providing medical care for Calvert County families is a great honor and privilege. Serving as a family physician for multiple generations of county families has and continues to be a heartwarming and gratifying experience.”
Dr. Brooks said his priority for the coming year is “to strengthen the engagement with the Calvert community to meet patient and community medical needs as our healthcare system expands to less costly and more efficient care settings.”
He went on to add, “It is also vital to enhance community-healthcare provider relationships so the delivery of health care continues seamlessly beyond the hospital, and is as focused on preventing illness as it is on treating disease.”
“The challenge for CMH is to strengthen the current excellent relationship it has with its medical staff in creating new and meaningful alignments between the physicians and the hospital,” said Dr. Brooks. “Partnering with physicians is the key to improve health care while reducing costs. Success in delivering high quality, high value health care depends on the hospital and medical staff taking action together.”,