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Release Date: 04/22/2019

Care New England (CNE) has kicked off a new Physician Leadership Academy intended to enhance physician leadership development within CNE through a program focused on the most common and complex issues facing the health care industry.

The inaugural class is comprised of the following 12 physicians from across CNE: Kevin Baill, MD (Butler Hospital); Adam Czynski, DO (Women & Infants Hospital); Ana Fulton, MD (Care New England); Chris Furey, MD (Kent Hospital); John Gelzhiser, MD (Kent Hospital); Amy Halt, MD (Butler Hospital); Erica Hardy, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); Melissa Murphy, MD (Kent Hospital); Naveed Rana, MD (Kent Hospital); Roxanne Vrees, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); Erika Werner, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); and JoAnn Wilkinson, MD (Kent Hospital).

The Physician Leadership Academy program directors are James E. Fanale, MD, president and chief executive officer, CNE; Chester Hedgepeth, III, MD, PhD, executive chief of cardiology, CNE; Maureen Phipps, MD, executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology, CNE, and chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brown University; and Raymond Powrie, MD, executive chief of medicine, CNE.

“CNE is excited to be offering such an important training and development program for our physicians,” said Dr. Fanale. “Further investing in physician leaders will only serve to strengthen our system as a whole while creating a foundation of leadership for the future.”

The 12-month leadership academy curriculum includes implementing quality improvement initiatives while focusing on containing cost, changing payer relationships, the influence of accountable care organizations on population health and health care financing, bundled payment initiatives, Medicare and Medicaid finance, market consolidation, disparities in health outcomes, and funding for medical education and research.

Regional and national health care experts will participate as guest faculty presenters, while members of CNE’s executive leadership team will also serve as session presenters. CNE’s access to industry experts, combined with its clinical depth and rich array of nationally and regionally recognized clinicians, ensure academy participants are receiving the best possible training, while maintaining minimal costs to implement this educational opportunity.

In addition to the curriculum work, participants will be expected to participate in a significant team-based project currently underway or in development at CNE. Each participant will also be assigned an executive-level advisor who will work with them throughout the duration of the program.

“At the culmination of this enriching and educational opportunity, participants will be expected to have gained a greater level of insight into their personal leadership approach, better understand health care finance and funding mechanisms, have deeper knowledge of population health management and accountable care organizations, and understand aspects of hospital and medical group operations, among other health care-related expertise,” said Dr. Fanale. “This program is expected to help CNE develop emerging leaders and plan for continuity across leadership roles throughout CNE.”

Pictured left to right are Amy Halt, MD (Butler Hospital); Naveed Rana, MD (Kent Hospital); Ana Tuya Fulton, MD (Care New England); Kevin Baill, MD (Butler Hospital); Erica Hardy, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); John Gelzhiser, MD (Kent Hospital); Melissa Murphy, MD (Kent Hospital); Chris Furey, MD (Kent Hospital).

Not pictured: Adam Czynski, DO (Women & Infants Hospital); Roxanne Vrees, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); Erika Werner, MD (Women & Infants Hospital); JoAnn Wilkinson, MD (Kent Hospital).


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