DALLAS, March 31, 2014 – David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, FACP, has been named chief quality officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, the newly formed parent company for the combined health systems of Scott & White Healthcare and Baylor Health Care System. Dr. Ballard previously served as chief quality officer for Baylor Health Care System.
“Providing care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered (STEEEP) at each and every patient encounter is our most sacred responsibility as a health care provider,” says Dr. Ballard, a Mayo Clinic-trained board-certified internist.
As chief quality officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, Dr. Ballard provides oversight, sets strategy and directs quality initiatives for the organization. He also leads Baylor Health Care System’s STEEEP® Global Institute, which focuses on improving quality of care across the entire health care industry. His international involvement in health care quality improvement includes past service as president of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.
Dr. Ballard’s background includes diverse experience in clinical medicine, health care management and improvement, policy making, research and education. Under his leadership, Baylor Health Care System facilities greatly improved performance on objective quality metrics and received many distinguished honors, including the National Quality Forum’s 2008 National Quality Healthcare Award. In October 2013, Dr. Ballard published a book, Achieving STEEEP Health Care, recording the journey to improve health care quality along the six aims established by the Institute of Medicine and offering strategies and lessons that have led to positive outcomes at Baylor. This book was selected for a 2014 Shingo Award for its contributions to operational excellence.
“With such an intense focus on quality at every level already built into our culture, Baylor Scott & White Health is poised to thrive in this new health care environment where financial reimbursement to providers is tied more closely than ever to quality of care rather than quantity of care,” says Dr. Ballard.
Prior to joining Baylor Health Care System in 1999, Dr. Ballard held academic appointments at several medical schools across the nation, including roles as professor of medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina, at which he completed degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology and medicine and where he was a Morehead Scholar, North Carolina Fellow, and junior year Phi Beta Kappa inductee. Actively involved in health care policy at the federal level, from 2006 through 2010 he served as chair of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study section for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Currently, he chairs AHRQ’s Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Steering Committee, is a member of AHRQ’s National Advisory Council, and serves as the Health Policy Section Editor for the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.
* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements