Elizabeth H. Johnson, MD, MS, FACP, Named President of Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care

July 28, 2022

Cambridge, MA – Elizabeth (Betsy) H. Johnson, MD, MS, FACP, has been named president of Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care (BILHPC) and will begin serving in this expanded leadership role effective immediately. Johnson has served as BILH Primary Care's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) since 2020, and will continue to be responsible for safety, quality, and clinical programs within the organization.

"Dr. Johnson possesses a proven leadership track record which will further support the strong foundation in place within BILHPC," said David Longworth, MD, chair, Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care, and president, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. "She has a passion for building and supporting a community model of health care that is value-based, integrated, and patient-centered with a strong emphasis on population health while supporting care team engagement and wellness."

During her most recent role with BILHPC, Johnson co-led BILHPC's Incident Command team through multiple COVID-19 surges and was responsible for ensuring ongoing access to vital primary care services for the organization's 420,000 patients, supported the launch and expansion of telehealth, management of BILHPC's 87 practices and the opening of vaccination clinics during that time. She was also instrumental in establishing the Primary Care Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, with a focus on promoting awareness and education related to racism and implicit bias.

From 2021 until earlier this year, Johnson also served as chief medical officer and senior vice president of the Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network and was responsible for the strategic redesign of the Clinical Excellence Division. Prior to joining BILHPC, Johnson served for four years as president and CEO of MaineHealth ACO. Previously, she was CEO of the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization and prior to that served as CMO at Martin's Point Health Care. Johnson's career started as an internist at Harvard Community Health Plan, Kenmore Center.

Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She also holds a Master in Health Care Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She serves on the Onpoint Health Data Board of Directors and is an instructor on Health Care Management, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

About Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care

Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care, a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, includes 87 primary care practices and more than 430 employed primary care providers throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Beth Israel Lahey Health Primary Care's dedicated providers, nurses and staff provide health care to more than 420,000 patients, working alongside these patients to get to know them, their health and their preferences, helping them take charge of their health so they can have the best health care experience possible.

About Beth Israel Lahey Health

Beth Israel Lahey Health is a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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