Report Cards for Quality

That handsome guy on the right is Mr. Scott Becker, former CEO of  Conemaugh Health System and Chair-Elect of the Board of the 1889 Foundation, both in Johnstown, PA.  He was in the audience during my plenary presentation, “Measuring Quality: Do Metrics Really Bring Transformation?” at The Governance Institute’s (TGI) January Leadership Conference in Naples, FL. more »


Summer in Steamboat Springs

I had the good fortune of spending two beautiful summer days meeting with the governance and medical staff of Yampa Valley Medical Center as they contemplate their role in a future characterized by delivering population health. They  recognize that they’re practicing in a state that is, generally speaking, quite healthy.  Picture a cloudless sky, 85°F more »


Integris Health

Integris is currently the largest healthcare system in Oklahoma.  I particularly like their value statement, which is pretty easy to remember as it consists of three powerful concepts  – “love, learn, and lead.”  With this foundation in mind, the Integris board conducts an annual off-site retreat focused on timely and relevant governance topics. This year more »


Charleston Chew

The tall guy in the photo here is Dr. Todd Shuman, the Chief Physician Officer of a clinically integrated delivery system in Charleston, SC called Roper St. Francis.  We were together at  their annual board and leadership retreat at the famous Wild Dunes Resort on Palmetto Island, just outside Charleston.  The Roper St. Francis Board, more »


Governance Under Health Reform

Yes, that’s me wearing my Jefferson shirt, hiking in Park City, Utah.  I had just finished working with colleagues at the Northern Region of Intermountain Healthcare, a sprawling integrated delivery system, with headquarters in Salt Lake City. The Northern region of Intermountain is facing challenges that resonate with many other systems in their attempt to more »


Reaching the “Pinnacle”

It’s really fun to have a front-row seat when a complex, multi-hospital, integrated delivery system  initiates an award for quality and patient safety.  It’s even more rewarding as a dean to discover that the  program was created by one of our JSPH students! That’s me with Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and more »



As the School of Population Health officially starts its second full academic year I want to take a moment to thank our entire team—the faculty and staff who make it possible for us to bring first-rate “in person and online content” to so many students around the nation. Right now we have more than 310 more »


Main Line Health and Quality

I am very pleased to report that after one year on the Board of Governors of the Main Line Health hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, I have now been appointed the Chair of the Board Quality and Safety Committee and a member of the Board Executive Committee. MLH is a very successful system of five more »