The GBMC HealthCare system has named an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as the organization’s new vice president of human resources and organizational development / chief human resources officer.

Deloris Simpson Tuggle joined GBMC Dec. 5 and will report to John Chessare, president and chief executive officer of GBMC HealthCare. “GBMC is an impressive organization with a strong vision for the future,” Tuggle said. “The organization is embarking on several initiatives that place it at the forefront of healthcare reform and I’m excited to be in a position to help as we will be writing history in Maryland and throughout the country.”

Tuggle will have responsibility and oversight for planning, organizing and providing leadership and direction for the organization’s human resources functions including policy development, interpretation and administration; recruitment, orientation and retention of employees; compensation and benefits programs; performance management and competency assessment; employee relations and labor relations; training and development programs; volunteer services and spiritual support services.

“Deloris’ vast experience in all aspects of human resources including recruitment and retention, employee and labor relations, and compensation and benefits will serve GBMC well as we continue our transformation to a system that is driven to create better outcomes through the eyes of the patient,” said Dr. Chessare. “We are looking forward to Deloris’ skills and talents being a great asset as we build a more integrated healthcare system to achieve better health and better care at a lower cost while providing more joy for those providing the care.”

Tuggle comes to GBMC from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. where she spent three years in the roles of senior director of human resources and interim senior vice president of human resources for the Harvard Medical School-affiliated organization. Tuggle also served in human resources roles with the May Institute in Randolph, Mass., Lifespan Healthcare Systems in Providence, R.I. and Trans World Airlines. She also worked as a program manager with The Housing Services Company in Boston, Mass.

“Living in the Baltimore area is a wish come true,” Tuggle said. “I’ve always loved Maryland and have two brothers in the area. Baltimore in particular is full of diversity and culture and I’m very much looking forward to relocating to the area.”

Tuggle earned a master’s degree in dispute resolution and a bachelor’s degree in human services, both from the University of Massachusetts, a professional in human resources certificate (PHR) from Northeastern University and a certificate in contract administration training from the U.S.A. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Program.

She is a board member of Benjamin Healthcare Associates and previously served as co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Northeast Human Resources Association, as a columnist writing about diversity for the Boston Globe newspaper and as an elected official with the Town of Canton Housing Authority in Massachusetts.