Restructuring could be the key to physician engagement

Three years ago, the medical staff at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisc., didn't have a meaningful platform for physician participation, engagement and multidisciplinary teamwork. But under a new medical staff structure, there was successful integration, according to St. Mary's Hospital President Frank Byrne in yesterday's Hospital Impact blog post. The new medical staff had seven part-time medical staff director positions, with each working about 10 hours a week on select clinical departments.

"The results have been quite encouraging. While we continue to have an elected chief of staff and vice chief of staff, the new model is a vast improvement over the previous short tenure 'it's your turn to be department chair' model," Byrne wrote. In addition to restructuring, the medical staff concentrates on relationship building and group interaction. Blog post