VP Medical Operations - Cardiovascular

Catholic Health Initiatives Omaha , NE 68102

Posted 3 weeks ago

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will provide the clinical, operational, strategic, and cultural leadership necessary to deliver care that is high-value (cost, quality, and patient experience) across the continuum of care, while also improving the health status of the populations we serve. The Chief Medical Officer will achieve this through the implementation of key strategic and operational initiatives that move the organization through work that involves maximizing clinical operations and developing risk capability, in a manner that is collaborative and consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Catholic Health Initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

Improve Value through Optimizing Clinical Operations across the Continuum

  • The Chief Medical Officer works collaboratively to set annual expense reduction, utilization, and quality targets for identified clinical programs.

  • Reviews cost, utilization, and value data regularly

  • Is responsible for the identification and realization of clinical opportunities through reduction of variation in cost, quality, and resource utilization in both acute and non-acute settings

  • Collaboratively develops interventions needed to improve value (both cost and quality) by coordinating activities of physician enterprise, service line, and CIN functions

  • Collects and shares data on resource utilization and length-of-stay, and works with groups to implement plans for improvement

  • Works closely with care management and utilization management-

  • Works collaboratively to set specific annual expense and quality goals for clinical programs and services

  • Serves as a member of the ministry administrative leadership team, participating, sponsoring and leading administrative projects

  • Demonstrates dyad leadership with the VP, Patient Care Services/CNE to guide the clinical operations of the ministry

Develop & Enhance Physician Leadership and Alignment

  • The Chief Medical Officer will recruit, develop, align, and mobilize physician leaders around successfully achieving clinical, operational, and strategic priorities for the organization.

  • Advises medical directors and medical staff leaders (Chief of Staff, Department Chairs) on matters of physician performance and behavior

  • Partners with and supports physicians regardless of employment or contracted status through the incorporation of quality, safety, collegiality, and mission-based elements

  • Manages medical director performance by establishing clear job descriptions and goals, and through development and mentoring

  • Identifies, recruits, and develops high-potential physician leaders, and in succession-planning initiatives

  • Responsibility for medical director / leader of medical education

  • Manages appropriate physician contracts

Establish Effective Medical Affairs Function to Support Physician Performance Management

  • The Chief Medical Officer advises and counsels the Chief of Staff and medical staff leaders in fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of the medical staff.

  • Ensures that adequate systems and processes are in place for the medical staff to effectively conduct peer review and credentialing activities

  • Provides guidance for departments in establishing and monitoring appropriate clinical parameters

  • Has matrix responsibilities for the medical staff office.

  • Integrates the efforts of the private medical staff with those of new physician leadership structures in the organization

  • Advises and facilitates major physician-physician, physician-patient, physician-staff, and interdepartmental concerns, when escalated beyond the departmental level

  • Serves as a liaison to the medical staff for the administrative team

Enhance Quality, Safety, & Patient Experience

  • The Chief Medical Officer collaborates with other clinical leaders to optimize quality, safety, and patient experience for the organization.

  • Takes the lead role in setting annual quality targets which support system-wide targets and metrics

  • Manages quality, safety, and risk in close collaboration with other key departments

  • Ensures adequate structures exist for oversight of quality and improvement activities

  • Reports system performance in quality and safety to Community Board and network patient safety and quality committee

  • Serves as the executive leader for SafetyFirst and other safety initiatives

  • Has supervisory responsibilities for the director of performance improvement

  • Ensures compliance with regulatory and accreditation-related requirements (CMS, JCAHO)

Develop a Data-Driven Approach for Managing Cost & Quality

  • The Chief Medical Officer supports the development and implementation of electronic tools necessary for a data-driven approach to managing cost and quality across the continuum.

  • Facilitates coordination of activities related to CPOE, EHR, and analytics

  • Establishes a data-driven approach to manage cost and quality through the creation of accountability structures across the continuum

  • Aligns metrics and improvement projects with the most important organizational goals

  • Assists medical directors and other physician leaders in understanding group practice patterns, data interpretation, identification of opportunities, and goal-setting

Inform Strategy around Designing Systems of Care for Clinical Value

  • Plays a critical role in strategic planning for the organization.

  • Aggregates clinical expertise (via clinical program leadership, medical director councils, and other groups) to assist in the prioritization of capital expenditures

  • Participates in key recruitment activities

  • Serves as the public relations and media interface for issues of clinical significance

  • Supports clinical research

  • Active member of the Campus Leadership/Administrative Team and participates in campus leadership meetings

Minimum Qualifications


Active, unrestricted medical license

Board certification in an ABMS recognized specialty

Advanced management degree (MBA, MHA, MPH, MMM, MPP)

Experience in cardiovascular services, clinical depth

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