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World-renowned patient safety and value champion Dr. Peter Pronovost joins University Hospitals as Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, a world-renowned patient safety champion, innovator and critical care physician, has joined University Hospitals as its Chief Clinical Transformation Officer.

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD

The announcement was made by Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals and the appointment is effectively immediately.

“Dr. Peter Pronovost is a renowned figure in medicine. His innovative work has saved thousands of lives and shaped the delivery of health care nationally and internationally,” said Mr. Zenty. “UH is consistently recognized for the quality and safety of care we provide, and our physicians and employees put our patients first in everything we do. Peter’s appointment positions UH to be a national leader in the transformation of high-value care delivery.”

Dr. Pronovost’s scientific work, leveraging the use of checklists to reduce central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections, has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and receiving a coveted MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2008. He is also a prolific researcher, entrepreneur and global thought leader. Dr. Pronovost has published over 800 papers throughout his career.

At UH, Dr. Pronovost will develop and lead strategic initiatives to improve value across the health system. He will be the clinical lead for population health and lead high-reliability medicine, with direct responsibility for the UH employee accountable care organization.

He will direct teams that will engage UH providers and employees in care models leading to improved outcomes and a healthy workforce while reducing the cost of care. He also will lead the growth and adoption of digital health – including telehealth and virtual health – solutions to better serve the patient and provider communities.

“I’m excited to join UH because this organization is passionate about driving excellence, making sure we have the healthiest people, and providing them with the highest quality care,” said Dr. Pronovost. “We will be creating a new tomorrow focused on delivering high-value health care, helping people be well, get well and manage their most acute medical conditions.”

Dr. Pronovost comes to UH after serving as Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy and the Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare. Prior to that he served at Johns Hopkins Medicine for 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Dr. Pronovost is an advisor to the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the U.S. Congress on patient safety issues. He regularly writes columns for the Wall Street Journal and for U.S. News & World Report.


Original UH News Release dated 10/29/2018