COOPERSTOWN — Douglas Hastings, Chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors, announced the appointment of Dr. Tommy Ibrahim as the next president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Healthcare Network. Dr. Ibrahim is expected to begin his tenure in this role in mid to late July.
Dr. Ibrahim has held leadership positions within the health care industry for the past 14 years, most recently serving as executive vice-president and chief physician executive for Integris Health System, a Top 25 health care system in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report, and the largest not-for-profit and state-owned health care system in Oklahoma.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Ibrahim as the next president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network,” said Hastings. “He brings to us the experience of being the top physician leader of a large, highly-regarded health system, along with an innovative and forward-looking drive to embrace the future of health care and to advance Bassett’s mission of improving the health of our patients and the well-being of our communities. I am optimistic about that future and look forward to working closely with Dr. Ibrahim to achieve it.”
“I want to thank Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the Bassett Medical Center Board of Trustees, and the other members of the search committee for their hard work on this search,” continued Hastings. “I also want to thank our clinicians, first responders, and all those who have contributed to Bassett’s superb response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is emblematic of Bassett’s recognized excellence in caring for a rural population. The board members across the network, along with Dr. Ibrahim, our administrative and clinical partners, and all Bassett employees, will move forward as one team into this next phase of Bassett’s long-standing service to the people of central New York.”
In his most recent role, held since 2017, Dr. Ibrahim was the executive leader of Integris Health System’s physician and medical staff leaders. He served as the physician executive in charge of leading the strategic direction for clinical services throughout the 19-hospital health system of owned and joint-venture assets, including all clinical operations, the physician enterprise and system integration objectives. The position included direct responsibility for system research, graduate medical education and medical informatics. Previously, Dr. Ibrahim served as chief physician officer and vice-president of Medical Affairs at Mercy Health Network in Des Moines, Iowa from 2014-17, and as senior vice-president and chief physician executive at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. from 2010-14.
Dr. Ibrahim received his Doctor of Medicine degree and his bachelor’s of medical science degree in England and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, an academic affiliate of Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Md.
He holds a master’s of science degree in Health Administration from Seton Hall University. He received a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas, in Dallas, and was nominated to Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Leaders of 2019.
He is a practicing hospitalist and boarded in internal medicine and hospital medicine. Dr. Ibrahim is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow in Hospital Medicine, and received the Certified Physician Executive accreditation from the American Association of Physician Leadership.
“I am humbled to become part of the Bassett family and to follow in the footsteps of the visionary leaders that have shaped the rich and historic legacy of this wonderful and leading health system,” said Dr. Ibrahim. “Grounded in innovation and the advancement of scientific research and evidence-based practice, Bassett has repeatedly demonstrated what it means to be a national leader in health care, through generations of contributions and medical firsts and as the cornerstone of patient care in central New York.”
“It’s truly an honor to be selected by this incredibly committed Board of Directors,” continued Dr. Ibrahim. “I look forward to locking arms with all of our board members, leaders, physicians, clinicians, and all of our 5,000 caregivers across the network to build upon the successes of the past in creating a strong and prosperous future in which Bassett’s mission, vision, and values resonate throughout the communities we are privileged to serve.”
Dr. Ibrahim’s accomplishments include improving rural health care at Mercy Health Network through the successful implementation of telehealth programs for rural Iowa network hospitals, and improving access to residents in remote communities.
Dr. Ibrahim has held board positions with Autism Oklahoma, Health Alliance for the Uninsured, and The Iowa Medical Education Collaborative, where he served as board chair from 2014-17. Founder of the J. Christian Autism Foundation, he was a Medical Missionary for International Medical Relief in 2016 and was a GI research assistant for the National Institutes of Health in 2009.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Ibrahim, and his wife Marian, along with their two children, John-Christian (10) and Sophia Haven (5), are looking forward to returning East and excited to call Cooperstown home. When not working, they enjoy camping, hiking, biking, lake living, travel and great food.