Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, and Charles Morris, MD, MPH, have been appointed to the new position of associate chief medical officer (ACMO), effective Oct. 1. As ACMOs, Britton and Morris will focus on overseeing specific initiatives and activities expanding the Active Asset Management program to improve BWHC’s ability to provide advanced, expert care affordably.
Britton, a cardiologist and former medical director for Care Transitions in the Department of Quality and Safety, has led numerous care redesign initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, she will lead efforts to optimize the continuum of care across the Brigham, including the hospital, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, outpatient locations and home care settings. The goal is to develop new models of care that improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Morris, an internal medicine and primary care phyisician at Brigham Circle Medical Associates, has led successful performance improvement initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, he will lead workflow redesign and enhanced team performance on inpatient units to advance care delivery and efficiency. Redesign will emphasize working with the clinical service directors, associate chief nursing officers and unit dyad leaders to improve safety, quality and the patient experience, as well as to identify early discharges and expedite acceptance of new patients.
“Our ongoing work in Active Asset Management, which targets specific improvements in efficiency, operations, and patient experience across BWHC, requires strong clinical leadership,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The strong leadership and experience that Drs. Britton and Morris bring to this role will be critical to our efforts to achieve these goals.”