At Good Samaritan Hospital since 1990, Lawrence "Larry" M. Beck has served as president of the institution since 1994 when Good Samaritan merged with Helix Health, now called MedStar Health. During his tenure as president, he led the tremendous growth of this large Baltimore medical institution. In addition to expanding its emergency services, efforts were undertaken to strengthen specialty services the hospital had been known for during its 30 year history—acute inpatient rehabilitation, joint replacement surgery, rheumatology, and renal dialysis. As a teaching facility, admissions grew more than 130 percent during the 1990s, mostly from the local communities of Northeast Baltimore. Good Samaritan Hospital has been one of Maryland’s fastest-growing hospitals.
In addition to expanded services, the hospital gained national recognition for quality and service excellence propelled by a focus on the importance of the hospital's workforce in driving excellent patient outcomes. Professional advancement programs geared to the frontline employees were a cornerstone of the hospital's focus on its most valuable asset.
His passion for continuous improvement helps Good Samaritan prosper financially while garnering national credit for patient, employee, and physician loyalty via the hospital's "Putting You First" program and gaining national accolades for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services.
Since 2010, after stepping down as president, Mr. Beck has continued to serve Good Samaritan Hospital as past president/advisor, assisting the new president in strategic areas, including inpatient rehabilitation, leadership development, philanthropy, and advocacy.
Mr. Beck, in addition to his continued relationship with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, chairs, at the national level, the Executive Committee of CareerSTAT, the health care division of Jobs For The Future, focusing on career advancement opportunities for frontline health care workers.
Mr. Beck also enjoys speaking nationally on topics such as the Affordable Care Act (American College of HealthCare Executives), health care leadership tools ( American College of Healthcare Executives, George Washington University, and Stevenson University) and showcasing his own work to organizations interested in advancing the careers of frontline health workers.
His more than 42 years of experience in hospital leadership include administrative training and subsequent leadership positions in several Maryland hospitals, including Bon Secours, Carroll County General, and as president of Garrett County Memorial. His career began at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, MI, where he held housekeeping and supervisory positions that led to his hospital leadership track.
Beck has a bachelors degree in business from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and a master's in business administration and a master's in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a member of several professional societies, including a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives, has served on the American Hospital Association Governing Board for Metropolitan Hospitals, numerous Maryland Hospital Association committees and task forces, and has served on the board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland.