Catholic Health Initiatives Division Senior Vice President Chief Medical Offier in HOUSTON, Texas

Division Senior Vice President Chief Medical Offier


Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center - A quaternary care facility that is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a world-class cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD–consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best in Cardiovascular Services & Heart Surgery. The first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s is home to three freestanding community emergency centers (Holcombe, Pearland, and San Felipe) offering adult and pediatric care–treating more than 51,000 patients annually. The hospital holds a collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and affiliations with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Houston Baptist University, and Prairie View A&M University.

Position Summary

The Division Chief Medical Officer (Division CMO) will provide the clinical, operational, strategic, and cultural leadership necessary to deliver care that is high-value (cost, quality, and patient experience) across the continuum of care, while also improving the health status of the populations we serve. The Division CMO will achieve this through the implementation of key strategic and operational initiatives that move the organization through work that involves maximizing clinical operations, developing risk capability, and managing population health, in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).


Job Qualifications

Minimum Education:

  • M.D.

  • Active, unrestricted medical license

  • Board certification in an ABMS recognized specialty

Minimum years in field previous to employment:

  • Ten years of healthcare experience

  • Ten years of direct people leadership experience

  • Five years of experience as an executive in a large healthcare system

Position Responsibilities:

Improve Value through Optimizing Clinical Operations across the Continuum

  • The Chief Medical Officer works collaboratively to set annual expense reduction, utilization, and quality targets for identified clinical programs in both acute and non-acute settings across the continuum.

  • Reviews cost, utilization, and value data regularly with physician leaders and health system executives

  • Is responsible for the identification and realization of clinical opportunities through reduction of variation in cost, quality, and resource utilization in both acute and non-acute settings

  • Collaboratively develops interventions needed to improve value (both cost and quality) by coordinating activities of physician enterprise, service line, and CIN functions

  • Has responsibility for resource stewardship as it relates to care delivery across the continuum

  • Establishes medical director councils / clinical program leadership groups to conduct the work of clinical operations, clinical integration, and population health management

  • Collects and shares group trend data on resource utilization and length-of-stay, and works with groups to implement plans for improvement

  • Works closely with care management and utilization management

  • Develops care pathways and standards for CHI clinical “next practice” programs, via medical directors for these (supply standardization, LOS) – establishes clinical councils for this work

  • Works collaboratively to set specific annual expense and quality goals for clinical programs and services

  • Accountabilities to corporate and regional clinical program structures

Develop & Enhance Physician Leadership and Alignment

  • The Chief Medical Officer will recruit, develop, align, and mobilize physician leaders around successfully achieving clinical, operational, and strategic priorities for the organization.

  • In conjunction with the physician enterprise leader, serves as cultural architect for the integration platform, establishing common clinical purpose across the continuum

  • Establishes a physician compact to weave together physicians regardless of employment or contracted status through the incorporation of quality, safety, collegiality, and mission-based elements

  • Establishes organizational structures for accountability (medical director councils, clinical program groups, etc.) across the continuum of care

  • Creates and models cross-functional / multi-disciplinary leadership for clinical programs

  • Manages medical director performance by establishing clear job descriptions and goals, and through development and mentoring

  • Identifies, recruits, and develops high-potential physician leaders, and in succession-planning initiatives

  • Advises medical directors and medical staff leaders (Chief of Staff, Department Chairs) on matters of physician performance and behavior

  • Communicates with key stakeholders and groups

  • Supervisory responsibility for medical director / leader of medical education

Establish Effective Medical Affairs Function to Support Physician Performance Management

  • The Chief Medical Officer (either directly or through the Vice President, Medical Affairs) advises and counsels the Chief of Staff and medical staff leaders in fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of the medical staff

  • Ensures that adequate systems and processes are in place for the medical staff to effectively conduct peer review and credentialing activities

  • Provides guidance for departments in establishing and monitoring appropriate clinical parameters

  • Has supervisory responsibilities for the manager or director of the medical staff office

  • Integrates the efforts of the private medical staff with those of new physician leadership structures in the organization

  • Advises and facilitates major physician-physician, physician-patient, physician-staff, and interdepartmental concerns, when escalated beyond the departmental level

Enhance Quality, Safety, & Patient Experience

  • The Chief Medical Officer collaborates with other clinical leaders to optimize quality, safety, and patient experience for the organization

  • Takes the lead role in setting annual MBO/facility quality targets which support system-wide targets and metrics

  • Manages quality, safety, and risk in close collaboration with other key departments

  • Ensures adequate structures exist for oversight of quality and improvement activities

  • Reports system performance in quality and safety to Board of Directors, or to its Quality Committee

  • Serves as the executive leader for SafetyFirst and other safety initiatives

  • Has supervisory responsibilities for the director or VP of quality

  • Ensures compliance with regulatory and accreditation-related requirements (CMS, JCAHO)

Develop a Data-Driven Approach for Managing Cost & Quality

  • The Chief Medical Officer supports the development and implementation of electronic tools necessary for a data-driven approach to managing cost and quality across the continuum.

  • Facilitates coordination of adoption activities related to CPOE, EHR, and analytics Establishes a data-driven approach to manage cost and quality through the creation of accountability structures across the continuum

  • Aligns metrics and improvement projects with the most important organizational goals

  • Assists medical directors and other physician leaders in understanding group practice patterns, data interpretation, identification of opportunities, and goal-setting

  • Leads improvement across the continuum of care, leads inform and strategy around designing systems of care for clinical value

  • The Chief Medical Officer plays a critical role in the development of strategies involving the design and deployment of clinical resources, the design of alignment options for physicians and other provider groups, and the establishment / management of partnerships as part of a broader clinical integration strategy

  • Plays a critical role in strategic planning for the organization across the continuum

  • Aggregates clinical expertise (via clinical program leadership, medical director councils, and other groups) to assist in the prioritization of capital expenditures

  • Manages internal and external relationships with physician organizations and other components of the clinically integrated network towards greater levels of integration

  • Engages in network development and planning work in collaboration with strategy, medical group leadership, and others

  • Accountable for clinical integration across the system (hospital, medical group, home health, etc.) and continuum of care

  • Co-leads strategic transactions and alignment initiatives (acquisition, PSAs, co-management agreements, on-call arrangements, etc.) in a manner consistent with the integration strategy

  • Participates in key recruitment activities

  • Serves as the public relations and media interface for issues of clinical significance

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Daily Schedule Full Time

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0168112

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.