Board also appoints new vice chair, two new members to help lead the alliance’s 2,500 hospitals and 80,000-plus other healthcare sites
"As a long-time partner with Geisinger, we are thrilled to have Dr. Steele lead the board of the alliance,” said Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO. “His expertise will help guide our 2,500 hospitals and 80,000-plus other healthcare sites to achieve transformations that support a high-quality, healthy environment, both in and out of the care setting.”
For nearly five years, Dr. Steele has been a member of Premier’s board, recently serving as vice chair. He succeeds Michael D. Connelly, president and CEO of Catholic Health Partners, who served as chairman for two years.
Dr. Steele said, “Making the proper quality and value improvements in healthcare today is a must. It has been a privilege to work alongside Premier’s member health systems as we implement changes, set standards and improve the health of communities. I look forward to continuing that effort, driving new innovations in care delivery that enable the best patient outcomes and support communities across America.”
Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents in 44 counties in the state of Pennsylvania as a not-for-profit, fully integrated health services organization that is dedicated to excellence in care, education, research and service. A recognized leader in healthcare and 14-year owner of the Premier alliance, Geisinger participates in Premier’s PACT™ (Partnership for Care Transformation), QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals collaborative and national purchasing network.
Under Dr. Steele’s leadership, Geisinger is recognized as a national leader in innovative care delivery models. His work continues to focus on providing patients with high-quality, cost-effective care and improved clinical outcomes. Dr. Steele serves on the boards of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a member of the New England Surgical Society, as well as a Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. Additional achievements:
- Author or co-author of more than 460 scientific and professional articles.
- Recipient of many national healthcare awards. In 2010 he received the Health Research & Educational Trust Award.
Fairview Health Services’ President and CEO Mark Eustis, who has served Premier’s board for two years, assumed the vice chair position. Fairview is composed of seven hospitals in Minnesota and a continuum of 40-plus primary care clinics, a wide range of specialty services, home care and senior services.
The board also appointed two new members:
- Robert Issai, president and CEO of the Daughters of Charity Health System, a regional health system composed of six hospitals and medical centers spanning the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
- Richard J. Statuto, president and CEO of Bon Secours Health System Inc., a not-for-profit Catholic health system with more than 30 facilities in seven states in the eastern U.S. The health system recently won the Premier Excellence Award.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 80,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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