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My Journey to MJC Solutions

I am a general pediatrician and have been fortunate to hold multiple physician leadership positions since 1997. I have extensive experience leading hospital-based service lines, both adult and pediatric. I served six years in the US Army, culminating as the Chief of the Department of Medicine at Ft. Knox. I helped start a children’s hospital, developed a more transparent health system capital planning process, and advanced strategic business ventures to expand hospital services in local communities. My passion has been to build safe, efficient, and accessible hospital care for communities.

Before starting MJC Solutions, I served as the Senior Vice President for Clinical Integration at the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). I provided the clinical voice to HAP’s legislative and regulatory advocacy. My work with members spanned from educational programs on emerging payment models to advancing projects to address the opioid crisis. I also led HAP’s statewide quality collaborative and hospital preparedness programs. I looked for ways to improve population health by addressing social determinants. In 2015, I facilitated a collaborative effort between eight competing hospitals to address food insecurity (hunger) in Philadelphia. Prior to departing HAP, I co-developed the HAP Opioid Learning Action Network to support hospitals in identifying and disseminating promising solutions to make significant and measurable improvements in reducing overdose deaths.

Healthcare is complex and no one person has all the answers. I believe that the core of our work should be the person. I believe that as a healthcare executive it is my duty to support the people who receive care and the people who deliver the care. I believe in the wisdom of groups and propose that it is crucial to harness the ideas of healthcare leaders to improve the quality of care and recommend workable initiatives to advance the health of communities. I believe that although healthcare is complex, there are paths to improvement, many simple.

 

So, in May, 2019, I finally decided to listen to my own advice (see my first blog) and started MJC Solutions so I could make an impact one person, one team, and one organization at a time. 

Passionate About Simplifying the Complex

Many things have shaped my life and my current work, I will share three:

TRAVEL: Due to my father's work, our family moved often and spent our free time traveling. I enjoyed exploring the world around me and meeting people, appreciating their culture and customs. In business and healthcare we talk often about the importance of culture, but too often forget that people live the culture.

ASTHMA: I had asthma as a child. I saw it as part of me and not something separate. I saw a lot of doctors and took a lot of medicine. I think my eventual path to becoming a pediatrician is rooted in those experiences. When faced with difficult strategic questions, I try to think about the patient, who has to see the doctor and take the medicine.

FIXING STUFF: I like understanding how things work and part of that understanding comes from trying to fix something that is broken. I have always found joy in fixing bikes. Although the mechanical parts may seem simple, they must all work well together. Whether it's working on one of my bikes or complex systems problem that threatens patient safety, I try to understand how it works. Without understanding it's hard to fix stuff.

EDUCATION

  • Princeton University, AB, Psychology

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD

  • Pennsylvania State University, Executive MBA

Certifications and Licenses

  • American Board of Pediatrics

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Active Medical License, Pennsylvania 

More ABOUT Mjc solutions

MJC Solutions is a veteran-owned, small business that provides professional consulting and advisory services to organizations serving the healthcare sector.