Appointed by and reporting to the Department Chair, the Vice Chair for Quality will be entrusted with the leadership of the Department’s quality and safety mission and be an integral member of the Chair’s senior leadership team, including the Chair, the Vice Chairs, the Division Chiefs, and the Senior Administrative team. All departmental quality/safety/simulation leaders will report to this individual. The position will directly interface with the Health System Quality and Safety Office on behalf of the Department.
The Vice Chair, Quality of the Department of Surgery will provide executive management for the Department with a particular focus on:
- Leading, organizing, and coordinating the Clinical Quality and Safety of the Department: Overseeing all facets of Quality and Safety Improvement initiatives; Chairing Department Quality committees; Overseeing quality data collection and reporting; Overseeing Department based peer review processes; Supervising the integration of quality/safety into all facets of education and clinical care.
- Promoting professionalism, integrity, and collaboration within and outside of the Department.
- Working with Department leadership to enhance alignment with Departmental, Yale Medicine, and Yale New Haven Health System vision, goals, and directives including external reporting and benchmarks
- Developing key metrics for quality for surgeons at affiliate sites and help drive key quality improvement projects in collaboration with Vice Chair of Integration and local leaders at affiliate sites
- Engaging with Departmental clinical and administrative leadership to develop and implement quality and safety strategies.
- Identifying key areas for quality and safety improvement for each provider and working across the Department to direct improvement in each area.
- Coordinating and participating in activities to build relationships with external colleagues and collaborating with counterparts from other departments/centers and representatives from Health System Administration and their network hospitals to set operational priorities, consider operational challenges, and develop and implement solutions.
- Ensuring physician compliance with quality and safety improvement initiatives.
- Using Vizient, NSQIP, STS and several other available datasets as the benchmark, continue progress towards the goal of top decile performance of academic medical centers. The goal is to become a nationally recognized organization that is sophisticated and a leading healthcare delivery enterprise offering reliable and consistent healthcare with information flow and infrastructure that ensures smooth access and service excellence to patients in execution and ultimately exemplary outcomes
- Participating in community education, activities, and outreach to promote the Health System and the Department.
- Collaborating with YNHHS to develop analytic tools and external dashboards to optimize surgical care across all inpatient and outpatient care delivery sites
- Working with Departmental leadership to optimize the morbidity and mortality and peer review efforts across the Department
- Maintaining an active clinical practice within the Department.
- Performing other duties as assigned by the Chair.
Candidates for Vice Chair, Quality will be selected from a pool reflecting broadly defined diversity and evaluated on the demonstrated strength of:
- Expertise in academic surgical quality and safety initiatives across a large department or health system, including the utilization of measurement analytics and modern process improvement methodologies.
- A national reputation in surgical quality
- Superior clinical and teaching skills and a record of commitment to clinical service.
- Substantial leadership and administrative experience.
- Knowledge of applicable standards and requirements of regulatory, accreditation and licensing agencies
- Knowledge of national trends and key issues related to quality, performance improvement and patient safety
- A track record of imbedding quality improvement into operations
- Working and applied knowledge of performance improvement methodology such as LEAN, Six Sigma
- Ability to build and sustain collegial relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
- Ideal candidate will be someone who is able to also focus on key and appropriate surgical quality metrics
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
- An M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with progressive experience in a complex academic medical center.
- National, and preferably international, recognition in surgery as evidenced by involvement in academic societies at a national or international level.
- Board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
- Possession of, or eligibility for, a medical license in the State of Connecticut.
DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
The Department of Surgery has 100 full time faculty, 250 research faculty, trainees and staff, and 11 clinical sections (Cardiac Surgery; Otolaryngology [ENT] ; Gastrointestinal – Bariatric/Gastrointestinal Surgery/Colorectal Surgery; Pediatric Surgery; Endocrine Surgery; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care; Thoracic Surgery; Transplantation; Surgical Oncology and Breast Surgery; Vascular).
Currently 150 residents and fellows are enrolled in clinical training and research laboratories. Research programs in the Department include basic science research along with clinical and outcomes research, with projects involving the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
The Yale School of Medicine is one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research, advanced clinical care and medical education. It ranks sixth among medical schools receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health. More than 1,200 Yale Medical Group physicians provide care to patients from across the region and around the world. The Yale system of medical education, with its emphasis on critical thinking and independent student research, has produced leaders in every field of academic medicine.
YALE NEW HAVEN HEALTH
Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a 1,519-bed tertiary referral center, which includes the 200+-bed Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, the 128 bed Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, the 76-bed Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and serves as the primary teaching hospital for Yale School of Medicine. YNHH is affiliated with Yale Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country.
Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) was formed in 1995 to enhance the quality of health care and scope of services available to residents of Connecticut, eastern New York, southwestern Rhode Island, and beyond. YNHH includes five corporate members: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, L+M Healthcare (a new affiliate as of September 2016 which includes Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Westerly Hospital, L+M Medical Group and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, VNASC), and Northeast Medical Group. Yale New Haven Health is Connecticut’s leading healthcare system, with more than 20,000 employees.
How to Apply
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Liz Nida, Senior Associate at Korn Ferry. Email: Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 203-406-8735.