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A Tribute to Those Who Focused on Quality at Medical Edge Healthcare Group, PA

A Tribute to Those Who Focused on Quality at Medical Edge Healthcare Group, PA

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Recently I left my position as Chief Medical and Strategy officer for Medical Edge, PA (now part of the Texas Health Physician Group).  It was stupendous.  My job description was to create a medically integrated group, to empower and support 510 doctors achieving every greater levels of clinical excellence.  Little did I realize when I began the amazing group with whom I would get to work.

My first month on the job I attended a conference at which I saw several primary care physicians.  I was asking everyone ?are you in Medical Edge??  It was not long until I found a few who were.  At one point when I asked one doctor who said ?yes,? a second doctor standing near by said ?your kidding, I am too!?  Their offices were 5 miles away and they both had been in the group for over 4 years?..

It was at that moment that I knew that the ?clinically integrated? part of my job was going to be a challenge.  Two years later I can excitedly report that it had occurred.  Honestly, not due to me, but to a lot of work by Lori Clay, Cora Bennett, Tim Wilson and many other directors of operations and staff.  They divided the company into 11 Areas, then into 3 Regions (Lori?s idea).  Soon meetings of the 100 primary care doctors in each region were occurring regularly, specialists and ancillary services shared best practices in ongoing support for the primary care doctors, and the quality of patient care spiraled higher every day.

Within two more years by focusing on the care process doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants received over 160 Certificates of Recognition by the Bridges to Excellent  based on nationally established criteria on diabetes and heart disease risk.  Shawn Parsley, Donald Fowler, Don Holt, and Paul Anthony were the Regional Medical Directors who empowered and worked with Area Directors like Eric Futscher, Randy Perkins, Paul Kim, Roger Tolar, John Wood, Odi Alvarado, Carlos Mijares, Al Hulse, Elizar Alvarez, and Tim McGuire.  Lisa Oleson, the staff of Care Innovations (a part of Medical Edge), Lynn Myers and the electronic medical records staff provided ongoing leadership to re-define the process and consistency of care patients coming to our offices received.

It was both magical and thrilling to stand on the shoulders of such committed, outstanding individuals.  Working with these leaders and with the office staffs of all 183 Medical Edge offices, who had to change the way the did things every day, all the time, was a blessing I will never forget and for which I will always be grateful.

There are people alive today that would not be celebrating Memorial Day in 2011 if these leaders had not created and shared their vision with others.

So in leaving my post with Medical Edge (now THPG) I post this blog to honor and to publicly share the work of many, and the names of a few that came together from 2006 ? 2010 to improve the lives of those we served, and save the lives of many.  Most of the patients you influenced will never know your name, but I will never forget you, your spirit and your commitment.

I pray that you will always be blessed, and I know that God knows who you are and blesses you every day for what you do for so many.

Dr Scott

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