Published on October 15, 2013

Select Health Alliance names new chief medical officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Health Care has named Dr. Henry Sullivant, president and managing partner at the Ruch Clinic, as the first chief medical officer for Select Health Alliance. Sullivant will lead the physician-led clinical integration project, with the mission to deliver a better care delivery model that will then go to the marketplace as a collaborative effort between a physician group and a hospital. Sullivant has practiced as an obstetrician and gynecologist since 1983.

"The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of care, minimize redundancies of care, eliminate waste in health care delivery and reduce health care costs," said Sullivant. "It's a perfect marriage of physicians and hospitals delivering a better quality product to the community. As a physician, I want to know what my colleagues are doing and who is providing the best care that is the of the highest quality and most cost-effective."

Select Health Alliance is a partnership between Baptist Memorial Health Care and more than 800 physicians in the Mid-South, including both independent community physicians and the Baptist Medical Group. The group began two and a half years ago in an effort to share data to coordinate and produce better-quality care for patients in the future from the 900,000+ physicians already enrolled in the data program.

"This initiative is also going to provide us with a health care delivery model for looking at future payment models like pay-for-performance and bundle payments," said Sullivant, who believes the end result will be care that is streamlined, cost-effective and timely and that delivers a high patient-satisfaction rate.

Sullivant's list of qualifications include his work as a former president of the medical staff for Baptist Memorial Hospital for Woman, chairman of Baptist's OB/GYN department, head of the hospital's metro medical executive committee and chair of quality improvement.

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; a physician management group; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,300 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. In fiscal year 2011, Baptist provided $169 million in community benefit to the communities it serves.

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