In a press release today it was announced that Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA, began his tenure as president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network today, Monday, July 13. Prior to assuming leadership of the Bassett network, Ibrahim served as executive vice president and chief physician executive for Integris Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Oklahoma. He began his career in medicine as a hospitalist before transitioning a few years later to administration.

“My experience as a physician has translated into a relentless pursuit of strategies to problem solve and implement systems and processes that are focused on our patients,” explains Ibrahim. “I believe that patients should come first in everything that we do, and that is the underlying reason for my decision to pursue health care leadership and the position of CEO for the Bassett network. I believe this is where I am best able to make the most impact on patients, creating health and well-being across large geographic areas and regions.”

Over the next several months, Ibrahim will be visiting staff and facilities throughout the Bassett network as part of an early listening and learning tour he began in June. His goal is to understand as much as possible about the health care system, its strengths, the challenges ahead, and the unique role Bassett plays in the communities served by the network.

“Our people are, without question, our single most important asset,” continues Ibrahim. “Bassett has a rich history and without the workforce we have, we would not be able to fulfill our patient care mission. I look forward to engaging with the network’s collective caregiver community to drive this organization forward and evolve as needed to assure we are always available to the individuals and families living in the nine-county region Bassett serves.”

Dr. Ibrahim, whose appointment was announced by the Bassett network’s board of directors in May, succeeds William F. Streck, MD, who served as president and CEO from 1984 through 2014, and then returned on an interim basis in 2018.

Ibrahim received his Doctor of Medicine degree and his Bachelor 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, Maryland. He holds a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from Seton Hall University.

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.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ibrahim, and his wife Marian, along with their two children, John-Christian (10) and Sophia Haven (5), enjoy camping, hiking, biking, travel, and great food.