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David P. Hughes, MD, Named Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Integration Officer
“As healthcare delivery undergoes significant change, together with our physicians and staff, we need to better coordinate how care is delivered and integrate the various components of care in order to improve outcomes and reduce costs. Dr. Hughes joins our team as a physician leader to drive such clinical performance,” said James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “Through these efforts, clinical integration will ensure our patients receive outstanding quality care but in a more integrated, coordinated and efficient manner. This is facilitated by the use of advanced information technology, use of engineering principles to redesign care, and use of patient-centered tools.”
The chief clinical integration officer is a new position in the organization charged with providing clinical leadership in designing new care delivery processes that improve services, improve quality, reduces costs and eliminate variation.
In addition, Dr. Hughes will also serve as the inaugural senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He will work to optimize the clinical performance of the academic programs. The performance of academic departments is essential to the strength of the clinical programs and the training of our future physicians and other providers.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences said, “This precedent setting joint appointment of Dr. Hughes further aligns the Medical School, UBMD, and Kaleida/Great Lakes Health's clinical services. This is needed to ensure the optimal environment for education, clinical research, clinical care, and appropriate utilization of services by all physicians.”
Dr. Hughes’ initial focus will be the Buffalo General Medical Center with the goal of making it the most efficient, highest quality center for complex care. He will drive improvements in quality, safety, throughput and patient satisfaction.
Dr. Hughes is an accomplished physician, business owner, entrepreneur and engineer. He currently is the owner/medical director of Great Lakes Physician Services, Kaleida Health’s medical director for employee health, an attending physician in emergency medicine at Kaleida Health and ECMC, an assistant clinical professor in emergency medicine for UB, as well the president of the Governing Board for the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) Faculty Practice Management Plan.
Dr. Hughes said, “I am excited about this opportunity. Integrating all aspects of care delivery and service throughout the system in addition to further strengthening our strong partnerships with our community and academic providers, will enhance the value of our healthcare services to the individual patient and our community.”
Dr. Hughes will oversee medical informatics and performance improvement (PI) in this role. Kathryn Francis, MD and her EMR team, as well as the PI team will report to him. He will also be the liaison with Optimum Physician Alliance and BlueCross BlueShield, and will lead the redesign of diagnostic, therapeutic and imaging services in the delivery of care.
Dr. Hughes received his master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his medical degree from UB. He completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Hughes was a process engineer at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant.
Margaret Paroski, MD, remains Kaleida Health’s chief medical officer (CMO), working with physician leadership, chiefs of service and the medical/dental staff on all clinical, quality and administrative matters across the system. In addition, she is the lead with UB in matters pertaining to the affiliation agreement, faculty, residents and graduate medical education (GME/IME) matters.
George Narby, MD remains the chief medical officer for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital.