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AHCCCS Alternative - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Scottsdale hospitals get new leaders

Gary Baker has moved from his leadership position at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center to become Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, and Bruce Pearson is the new Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center as Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network begin to integrate as an affiliated system.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Shea Medical Center CEO, Baker oversees both the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital. His network responsibilities also include leadership of the oncology clinical service line.

Baker has held several leadership positions since joining Scottsdale Healthcare in 1989. Prior to joining Scottsdale Healthcare he worked at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Baker is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Osborn Medical Center CEO, Pearson oversees both the Osborn Medical Center and the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. He comes to Osborn after serving as CEO of the North Mountain Hospital since 2008. His network responsibilities also include Trauma and Emergency service line and Lean/Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Pearson’s experience includes more than 27 years of service in senior leadership positions in Arizona hospitals. He has served chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University.

Joanne Clavelle

Scottsdale Healthcare hires new Chief Clinical Officer

Joanne Clavelle, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE has joined the executive leadership team at Scottsdale Healthcare as senior vice president and chief clinical officer.

Clavelle joins Scottsdale Healthcare after serving as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s culture – its friendly staff, its focus on patient experience, quality and community, its excellent physicians and commitment to Magnet designation, the gold standard for nursing care – make the new position a great fit, she said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work for a health system that is so committed to Magnet,” said Clavelle. “My passion is nursing and delivering outstanding patient care. And with Scottsdale Healthcare’s recent affiliation with John C. Lincoln Health Network, it’s great to see their mutual commitment to Magnet going forward.

“The affiliation presents a wonderful opportunity for expanding access to care and managing population health as we position ourselves for health reform. The synergy and collaboration will be good for the community and good for patients.”

A strong advocate for nurses, Clavelle says they understand the importance of teamwork with physicians and others throughout the care continuum to design systems of care that result in the best outcomes for patients.

“We’re very fortunate to have a chief clinical officer of Joanne’s caliber joining Scottsdale Healthcare,” said Scottsdale Healthcare Executive Vice President and Shea Medical Center Administrator Gary Baker. “I am looking forward to working with her as we enter this new era in our history and work together to care for our community.”

Clavelle’s career began more than 30 years ago as a staff nurse in coronary care and the emergency department. She developed an early interest in preventive healthcare, health promotion and community health improvement.

Clavelle has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, is board certified in healthcare administration from the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified in nursing administration-advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Her professional background includes staff nurse and nursing leadership positions at Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and vice president of Ancillary Services at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vermont, and director of Clinical and Community Strategies for VHA Mountain States in Denver. She then became the vice president of Operations at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, before moving to Idaho and joining St. Luke’s Health System – Treasure Valley in Boise.


Scottsdale Healthcare plans NE Phoenix expansion

Scottsdale Healthcare announced today it is opening new primary care offices and actively pursuing locations for additional ambulatory services in Northeast Phoenix.

Expansion in Northeast Phoenix is part of the nonprofit health system’s effort to broaden services in partnership with community physicians and diversify beyond its three hospital campuses in Scottsdale. Still in planning stages, the expansion may include primary care and specialist physician offices, outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, occupational health and wellness services.

Two new Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care physician offices are slated to open in January in Phoenix and Tempe, joining sister locations in Arcadia, Scottsdale and Grayhawk.

“Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals have served the Northeast Valley for 50 years, and placing needed services closer to where our patients live is part of how we want to transform the way care is provided over the next 50 years,” said Scottsdale Healthcare President and CEO Tom Sadvary.

Healthcare and insurance reform, and consumer demand, are placing more emphasis on outpatient care and wellness, including management of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, according to Sadvary.

“By collaborating with our physicians we can offer Northeast Phoenix residents more access to quality medical care and better coordination of care between patients, physicians and hospitals. Our intent is to create opportunities for better managing one’s health and contribute to reducing overall costs for medical care,” explained Sadvary.

Healthcare consumers want convenience, quality and value, added Scottsdale Healthcare Senior Vice President Gary Baker. “Our goal is providing multiple access points for care, promoting wellness and disease prevention, helping individuals proactively manage chronic disease, and providing the highest-quality care and service that patients expect from Scottsdale Healthcare,” said Baker.

Scottsdale Healthcare has been expanding its infrastructure to create a clinically integrated network of care through investments in information technology and connectivity with physician offices, disease management infrastructure, and alignment with leading private practice physicians.

The new practices will become members of the Scottsdale Health Partners network, a joint venture between Scottsdale Healthcare and the Scottsdale Physician Organization, that was successfully launched this year.

“Scottsdale Health Partners includes more than 450 independent physicians covering the Northeast Valley. Through this strong partnership, physicians are helping us co-develop how Scottsdale Healthcare will be successful in a value-based environment,” said Sadvary.

“The vision of Scottsdale Healthcare and SHP is to embrace a pluralistic model of physician alignment, supporting employed and private physicians in improving care for patients in our community. It is a partnership based on a shared culture of quality, a desire to improve coordination of care and patient access, and a mutual engagement in improving patient outcomes,” added Richard Silver, MD, chief medical officer and vice president, Physician Alignment for Scottsdale Healthcare.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s track record of success with strategic partnerships illustrates its commitment to collaborations that are focused on achieving the highest quality care and best patient experience, noted Sadvary.

“We believe that working collaboratively with our physicians is the best way to expand beyond acute care. Hospitals and health providers must change the way they do business to ensure a strong future in this era of health reform. It makes sense to bring our services closer to patients in the communities we serve and provide greater value for healthcare consumers,” said Sadvary.

“Our ambulatory services expansion will not only benefit consumers by bringing the right mix of services in the right locations, it allows Scottsdale Healthcare to explore additional partnerships with physicians to extend our high quality care in outpatient settings in addition to our Osborn, Shea and Thompson Peak hospital campuses,” added Baker.

Scottsdale Healthcare is the largest employer in Scottsdale, Arizona and the nonprofit parent organization of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. For more information, visit www.shc.org.