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2021 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award

B’nai B’rith International is honored to present the prestigious 2021 Charles S. Lauer National Healthcare Award to President and Chief Executive Officer of MedStar Health Kenneth A. Samet for his dedication to community service, excellence in leadership and outstanding philanthropic commitment in the healthcare community and beyond.

The B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award was established 39 years ago to highlight the outstanding work of individuals and corporations that set the standards for health and education initiatives that better the lives of people throughout their communities and around the world.

​B’nai B’rith is honored to present this year’s award to Ken for his enlightened civic and philanthropic leadership and commitment to excellence in the healthcare community and beyond.

Both an online video presentation and a dedicated journal honoring Ken’s leadership and our heroes in the healthcare industry in the fight against COVID-19 can be viewed below.

Journal Honoring Kenneth A. Samet


An online presentation honoring the leadership of our honoree Kenneth A. Samet

Online Video Premiere and Virtual Tribute Journal Presentation

About Kenneth A. Samet

President and Chief Executive Officer MedStar Health

MedStar Health President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet is responsible for a $6.5 billion not-for-profit, healthcare delivery system.

With more than 35 years of experience in healthcare administration, Samet provides strategic oversight and management for MedStar Health—the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, comprised of 10 hospitals, a comprehensive network of health-related businesses that includes ambulatory, home health, a large multispecialty physician network, and an insurance product with approximately 160,000 members.

MedStar Health has large research and innovation platforms, and one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country. In addition, MedStar Health is one of the region’s largest employers, with more than 31,000 associates and 4,200 affiliated physicians, serving more than half-a-million patients and their families each year. MedStar Health is proud to be the long-standing clinical and medical education partner of Georgetown University.

Samet has dedicated his career to health care. He received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in 1982. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the American Hospital Association (AHA), District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) and Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), and served on the board of visitors for the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Samet is a past board member and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2012, following his commencement address to the school’s graduating class. In 1996, the American College of Healthcare Executives named Samet the national Young Healthcare Administrator of the Year. Samet was honored with the Anti-Defamation League 2015 Achievement Award, which recognizes leaders who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to justice, pluralism and understanding.

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