Rhonda Medows, M.D., President of population health management, Providence St. Joseph Health and CEO, Ayin Health Solutions
Education: Rhonda Medows, M.D., holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, earned her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and is board certified in family medicine.
About her: Considered an innovative leader in population health, Medows has spent most of her career spearheading efforts to improve the health of communities, especially the poor and vulnerable. Under her leadership, the population health division at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) has made significant advancements in population health informatics, value-based care, care management, health plan performance, and strategic contracting. Prior to joining PSJH, she was an executive vice president and chief medical officer at UnitedHealth. In the public sector, she served as commissioner for the Georgia Health Department of Community Health, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Southeast Region.
In February 2019, PSJH launched Ayin Health Solutions as a for-profit population health company to help other healthcare providers and payers with the shift to value-based care. Medows spearheaded the agenda that would lead to the launch of Ayin and acquisition of PH Tech, a Medicaid and Medicare administrative services and technology company. She was tapped to lead Ayin, which is now on target to serve 30 million lives in 2019. The company expects to achieve $35 million in revenue this year and projects to hit $250 million to $300 million in total revenue in the next three to five years.
First job: Waitress in college
Accomplishment she's most proud of: Raising three amazing young men and building several outstanding leadership teams.
Problem she's most passionate about trying to solve: The successful integration of high-quality healthcare, solutions improving social determinants impacting health, and financially sustainable systems that ultimately lead to healthier people and communities, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Book she recommends: "Thank You for Being Late" by Thomas Friedman and "Measure What Matters" by John Doerr
Advice she'd give her younger self: Listen more and speak your truth with confidence.
What she'd do with her career if it wasn’t this: Hard to imagine. I believe this is my calling. I have wanted to be a doctor since third grade and sought the additional experience/education needed to be a better servant leader championing health. I truly believe health is a human right. Maybe I would have been a combination of of veterinarian (love animals) & part-time comedian (many stories to tell!).