I’m a successful board certified Family Physician. I had a very busy practice and was respected and admired in my community.
But something was missing. I was drawn to committees and projects that addressed population health issues, and quality and patient safety at my hospital. I was driven to lead such activities. Six years into my practice, while working full-time, I felt compelled to complete a master’s degree in public health.
With the help of a mentor, I came to realize that I could have a MUCH bigger impact on the care of patients by taking a leadership role at my hospital. I became involved with the Accreditation Council for CME, and helped to promote high-quality education for practicing physicians. Shortly thereafter, I began taking business courses through the American Association for Physician Leadership.
about vital physician executiveI volunteered with nonprofit organizations, and served on the boards of my hospital, the county health department and a local hospice. And I experienced the satisfaction of positively impacting the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of patients.
My greatest impact occurred after I became Vice President for Medical Affairs and then Chief Medical Officer at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois. This is a highly rated, 300-bed, full service community hospital.
And, along the way, I completed the requirements as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE), through the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.
You can learn more about me by listening to this interview of me, by David Draghinas at Doctors Unbound: