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VP Medical Affairs- Suburban Hospital

Company: Johns Hopkins Healthcare
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:

VP Medical Affairs- Suburban Hospital

Requisition #: 615125
Location: Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD 20814
Category: Leadership
Work Week: Full Time
Weekend Work Required: Yes
Date Posted: Dec. 16, 2022

Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. In 2009, Suburban Hospital became a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The designated trauma center for Montgomery County, Suburban Hospital is affiliated with many local health care organizations, including the National Institutes of Health.

  • Achieved Magnet Designation from the American Nurse's Credentialing Center in 2019.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Suburban Hospital among the best hospitals nationally in heart failure, COPD, and orthopedics for both knee and hip replacements in 2020-2021.
  • Designated regional trauma center for Montgomery County, one of nine regional trauma centers in Maryland. Fully equipped with an elevated helipad. Treats about 1,200 trauma patients each year.
  • Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval - in several specialty areas: Primary Stroke Center and Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee).
    Summary of Position
    The VPMA will work closely with the Suburban Hospital President, Board of Trustees, the organization's executive team, the medical staff and other physician and clinical leadership. The VPMA provides medical leadership in decisions affecting the hospital's clinical programs, clinical practices and medical staff. This position is responsible for the effective discharge of the medical staff organization functions as stated in the Medical Staff Bylaws, in addition to the implementation and adherence to hospital policies and procedures pertaining to medical staff activities.

    The VPMA is responsible for the identification, measurement and improvement of clinical indicators for patient safety and patient outcomes. The VPMA will assist in reducing patient length of stay, increasing the use of clinical protocols, reducing variation in clinical practice and facilitate success in meeting the quadruple aim.

    The VPMA coordinates transitions of care across the continuum of care in the most safe, efficient and patient/family centered manner maintaining transparency in all processes. The VPMA assists in coordinating physician recruitment and retention activities, the credentialing process and continuing education programs for the Medical Staff.

    The VPMA will be integrally involved in and provide critical physician input into the strategic development of the organization and relationships with physicians within the System and across the region. The VPMA will play a key role in overseeing physician quality and performance improvement. Advocacy for patient safety and quality will be of paramount importance.

    Reporting Relationships

    The VPMA reports to the Hospital President, with a dotted line of accountability to the system Chief Medical Officer. The VPMA works closely with the President of the Medical Staff, the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairpersons and clinicians throughout the hospital and region.

    The VPMA will serve on a variety of committees and serves as staff to the Suburban Quality and Patient Safety Committees of the Board. The VPMA is a member of the system-wide VPMA Council, which is facilitated by the System Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The VPMA serves as an important linkage between the private practice, community, employed physicians, faculty, and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Clinical Excellence, Process Improvement, and Value Stewardship:
    • Demonstrate leadership to drive clinical excellence, and high reliability, throughout the organization.
    • Leads and champions efforts to improve patient safety, reduce hospital mortality, and decrease harm.
    • Leads and champions Just Culture principles.
    • Monitor organizational clinical performance against performance goals and benchmarks to ensure progress is being made and corrective action, if necessary, is taken.
    • Identifies clinical indicators of quality, develops measurement systems, gathers and analyzes data, educates members of the Hospital and Medical Staff and obtains improvement in patient outcomes.
    • In cooperation with the Chairperson of each Medical Staff Department and Section Chief, coordinates and implements safety and quality improvement activities.
    • Implements improved processes and management methods to generate higher ROI and workflow optimization.
    • Build an organizational culture in which passion for continuous improvement is innate.
    • Provides clinical input to the development of capital and operating budgets and annual strategic plans for the organization. Ensure adherence to annual budgets for areas of oversight.
    • Advise the President on clinical issues that relate and impact the operations of the hospital.
      Medical Staff Office Leadership and Clinical Partnerships:
      • Ensures competency and quality of Suburban-supported clinicians and Hospitalists.
      • Keeps the President of the Medical Staff and the President of the Hospital apprised of all Medical Staff activities and issues. Communicates Board, Medical Staff and Management initiatives to the entire Medical Staff using a variety of methods.
      • Provides clinical information to the President of the hospital, President of the Medical Staff, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Department Chairmen, Section Chiefs and individual physicians on physician practice patterns and patient outcomes.
      • Works with the appropriate leaders of the Medical Staff, in accordance with the medical staff bylaws, to review and investigate provider related quality and/or professionalism related concerns.
      • Using data available for quality and outcome monitoring, assists the President of the Medical Staff and appropriate Medical Staff leaders in educating individual physicians to adjust their practice patterns when necessary.
      • Promotes and assists with professional relationships and open communications between Patient Care Services, Professional Services and members of the Medical Staff in an effort to ensure optimal levels of patient care.
      • Structures, coordinates and presents a program that meets educational and continuing education needs of the Medical Staff.
      • Ensures Medical Staff Credentials Office and all areas assigned follow standards of the Joint Commission.
      • Ensures Medical Staff compliance with regulations of the State of Maryland Regulatory Affairs & CMS.
        Goals and Objectives- Measures of Success
        • Develop strong relationships at all levels of the entity, region, and health system.
        • Be a visible leader who engages employees across the organization and promotes a supportive culture built upon trust; focus on workforce development initiatives.
        • Learn the culture of Suburban Hospital physicians and gain an understanding and appreciation for their practice and community environment. A key element to being an effective catalyst for collaboration and integration will be starting from a place of being viewed as a credible, trustworthy leader and demonstrating an interest in learning about the people, history and needs of the organization.
        • Continue enhancing patient safety and quality and building on measures of core competencies for physicians as required by Joint Commission; assess and enhance procedures for ongoing measurement and reporting. The VPMA will provide leadership for facilitating action plans to continually improve patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction scores.
        • Establish oneself as a credible and vocal champion for the vision for high reliability of safe and quality care. Lead focus on embedding and sustaining a High Reliability Organization (HRO) Culture.
        • Continue to build a collaborative, trusting spirit with the medical staff and administration by leveraging communication, engagement and commitment of the physicians. It is critical that the VPMA helps to foster a culture and initiatives that promote "systemness", and supports best practices of clinical integration.
        • Engage all members of the medical staff, voluntary and employed, in the pursuit of the highest possible level of quality care, employing the most contemporary methods of measurement, performance improvement and utilizing national best practices.
        • Develop positive and beneficial relationships and be a highly visible presence within the Suburban physician community. Establish trust with physicians and build rapport. Build productive relationships with the medical staff and serve as an advocate for their needs.
        • Ensure the quality program is exemplary in both design and operation, making sure its outcomes are transparent to the Board of Trustees, hospital stakeholders and the community; develop mechanisms of accountability for the program across all areas of the hospital and the medical staff.
        • Provide leadership in the development of strategies to improve the financial performance of the organization, not only through service line and volume growth, but also through such initiatives as the review of clinical documentation, as well as ancillary utilization.
        • Establish strong relationships with appropriate leaders at Johns Hopkins and within the National Capital Region. Establish oneself as a collaborative, contributing member of the Suburban Medical Staff and the Johns Hopkins VPMA council.
          Candidate Qualifications
          • The position requires seven to ten years of experience in clinical practice. The successful candidate should have management experience in a large healthcare organization or physician group.
          • Prior experience in a community hospital is essential and exposure, beyond the training level to an academic environment would be beneficial. He or she will have had responsibility for leading clinical quality, patient safety improvement and medical management functions.
          • The ideal candidate will be an innovative physician executive with a track record of positive working relationships with others, and a passion for quality, access and health as well as a demonstrated ability in leading change in a complex environment.

            Candidates will be a Board Certified M.D. or D.O. A post graduate degree (MBA, MPH) would be beneficial. Eligibility for or current licensure in the State of Maryland is required.

Keywords: Johns Hopkins Healthcare, Bethesda , VP Medical Affairs- Suburban Hospital, Executive , Bethesda, Maryland

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