Our journey as Beth Israel Lahey Health is well underway. In just three months as a new system, we have already taken significant steps to become an integrated system working together to make our patients and our communities healthier.
In our May and June issues of this newsletter, we highlighted some of our foundational integration initiatives and achievements in behavioral health and substance use treatment, primary care, group purchasing and more. Along the way, thanks to your commitment and hard work, we have also continued to deliver the extraordinary, patient-centered care our organizations are known for in their communities.
As we continue to advance collaboration across our system, we will soon welcome an Executive Vice President for Hospital and Ambulatory Services. I am pleased to share with you that Michael Rowan will join BILH on August 12 in this role. Reporting to me, Michael will oversee our new system’s hospital and ambulatory care delivery system, including 13 hospitals and approximately 40 major ambulatory facilities spanning urgent care, imaging, ambulatory surgery, cancer services and comprehensive multi-specialty care. He will play a central role in fostering integration and coordination among staff and strengthening processes and clinical and administration systems in support of BILH’s vision and objectives.
Michael will bring to BILH more than 30 years of experience in health care administration, including — most recently — 13 years as President of Health System Delivery and Chief Operating Officer of Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the country’s largest non-profit health systems. In this role, Michael provided strategic direction and operational leadership for CHI’s national enterprise of 110 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in 19 states. Learn more about Michael here.
In addition to his exemplary credentials, Michael will bring to BILH a genuine passion for our vision for extraordinary, integrated patient care. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, he often shadowed his father, an internal medicine physician, on his weekend hospital rounds and learned the importance of education and health to the wellbeing of individuals and families. I know he will be a valued leader and partner to all of us.
I couldn’t be more excited about the strong foundation we have begun to lay for our new system and all that lies ahead. In addition to all of our hard work, I hope you — our extraordinary staff — are able to take some time to enjoy the summer with family and friends.
Kevin Tabb, MD
President and CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health