BWHC Leadership Updates
A major challenge for BWHC over the next three to five years will be the redesign of health care delivery to maintain and improve quality and safety with lower cost, while preserving our missions of scientific discovery, education and service to our community, locally and globally.
After careful planning and consultation, BWHC has reorganized its senior hospital leadership to help achieve these goals.
“We are gifted with an exceptionally skilled and creative senior leadership team, and these expanded roles and responsibilities position BWHC for continued leadership and success,” said BWHC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ron M. Walls, MD.
The following individuals are taking on additional responsibilities or transitioning to new roles:
Jessica Dudley, MD, chief medical officer of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, will now also serve as BWHC vice president of Care Redesign, building on her leadership and track record in this area. In this role, Dudley will partner with BWHC academic departments, divisions and clinical services to innovate new delivery models to deliver high-value service, including population health management.
David Bates, MD, MSc, has left his role as chief quality officer to take on a new leadership role as chief innovation officer. Bates, an internationally renowned expert in innovation science and using information technology to improve care, will identify opportunities to drive transformative change at BWHC. The goal is to help translate the inventions, discoveries and new ideas of BWH staff into services and products that benefit patients and improve the delivery of care. He will also serve as executive sponsor of the Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub), which catalyzes innovation at BWHC. Bates will continue as chief of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care.
Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, has been promoted to chief quality officer and vice president of Quality and Safety at BWHC, succeeding Bates. Kachalia has extensive experience in leading quality and safety programs through his former roles as associate chief quality officer and co-director of the Center for Clinical Excellence. He will work with the BWHC board and leadership to develop quality and safety goals and lead the development, implementation and measurement of these programs at BWHC. He will also direct the implementation of Partners-wide programs at BWHC and oversee performance related to state and national measures.
Tom Walsh, MBA, who has served as co-director of the Center for Clinical Excellence and administrative director of Business Planning and Analysis, has been promoted to vice president of Analytics, Planning and Performance Improvement. His strong experience in these key areas will be an asset to senior leaders and BWHC.
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