Physician-executive committee leads to better patient care

Physician-led executive committees can lead to better, more personalized care and more accessible physicians, Dr. John Fortney, chief medical officer and chief operating officer-administrator at Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Health System, wrote in an editorial published yesterday in the Chillicothe Gazette.

As one model for other physician-led executive committees, Adena's System Executive Committee is made up of 11 administrators and 11 physicians. Together, they oversee care management, quality, safety, and strategy initiatives within the health system.

Adena's model follows other physician-led executive committees, including leading health systems, such as Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn; Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa.; and Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, according to the editorial.

Adena employs more than 2,400 people and serves 13 counties in south-central Ohio, according to a press release last week. Its services include open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, cancer care, and orthopedic procedures.

As hospitals continue to employ physicians, many speculate that gaining physician buy-in all dimensions of institution issues is one way toward true hospital-physician alignment.

For more:
- read the Chillicothe Gazette article
- here's the Adena press release