Dr. David E. Baum is Thompson Health’s new senior vice president of Medical Services.
Dr. David Baum, second from left, joins honorary medical staff members Dr. Jeffery Page, left, and Dr.Philip Nevin, second from right, in chatting with Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO of UR Medicine, following Thompson Health’s Annual Meeting in April. Dr. Baum’s appointment as senior vice president of Medical Services/hospital medical director was announced in May.
A reception honoring Dr. Carlos R. Ortiz was held June 24 as he approached his final day as a member of Thompson Health's executive team, telling those present Thompson is poised to be "the leader of the pack."
A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Baum attended the University of Rochester Medical Center for his residency program and first came to Thompson Hospital in 1987, working as an attending physician in the Emergency Department until 1989. Dr. Baum, who in 1993 received a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School, returned to Thompson in 1998 and has served as an attending physician in the ED since then. He is past president of the F.F. Thompson Medical Staff and is a Thompson representative on the Board of Directors for UR Medicine.
With both clinical and administrative responsibilities, the position of senior vice president of Medical Services involves working closely with other health system administrators and with physician leaders, providing oversight for both hospital-based care and long-term care.
“Dr. Baum is a skilled, well-respected physician with a strong commitment to patient care. He will no doubt offer tremendous insight as he helps our team ensure Thompson continues to provide the highest quality of care in an ever-changing healthcare environment,” said President/CEO Michael F. Stapleton, Jr.
Leaving the position is Dr. Carlos R. Ortiz, who joined Thompson in 2006. A former board member of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and Accountable Health Partners as well as a current board member of both the Greater Rochester Area Health Foundation and the Greater Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, Dr. Ortiz received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association in 2010.
Stapleton credited Dr. Ortiz with being instrumental in championing quality initiatives and physician recruitment during his tenure at Thompson, noting Dr. Ortiz has mentored many leaders within the health system and throughout the greater Rochester area.
Dr. Ortiz says his plans include returning to clinical pulmonary work and teaching, both at the University of Rochester and in the physician assistant program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.