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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY June 2013 | Archived Issues

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Weingarten Named Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

Scott Weingarten, MD, has been appointed to the new position of senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer.

"This new position reflects our commitment to achieve the same best-in-class performance in clinical efficiency throughout the health system, as we have demonstrated in quality and safety," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO.

Weingarten's new responsibilities span clinical services across the medical center and the Medical Network. He will lead the development and execution of strategies and innovations in accountable care and clinical efficiency.

Working closely with Glenn D. Braunstein, MD, vice president for Clinical Innovation, Steve Deutsch, MD, medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network, and the other clinical leaders in the Medical Network and the medical center, Weingarten will help lead efforts to engage the entire Cedars-Sinai physician community and other members of the clinical care team in the development and implementation of clinical best practices and clinical efficiency. He will specifically lead efforts focusing on the total cost of care and population health management. He will also serve as lead physician in working with other provider organizations and health plan relationships as they evolve.

Weingarten will report directly to Priselac and will collaborate closely with Michael Langberg, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Tom Gordon, senior vice president and CEO of the Medical Network, Mark Gavens, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Rick Jacobs, senior vice president and chief strategy officer.

Weingarten will also lead Cedars-Sinai's efforts in health services research, the field of study that examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. For these efforts, he will collaborate with Shlomo Melmed, MD, senior vice president and chief academic officer, and Cedars-Sinai physicians from the faculty, private practice and the Medical Network. "As with other aspects of our research enterprise and the focus on translational research, linking our health services research with our clinical practice will enhance the effectiveness of both," Priselac said.

Weingarten brings to the new position a unique set of clinical, academic and executive knowledge, skills and experience. He has been a national leader in clinical care for many years, has a deep understanding of clinical processes and clinical delivery systems at healthcare provider organizations across the country, and has been at the forefront of clinical efficiency and clinical decision support. He has been affiliated with Cedars-Sinai for 30 years, and is a member of the medical staff.

Weingarten co-founded and was president and CEO of Zynx Health for more than 16 years. Zynx Health supplies clinical decision support products to approximately 2,000 hospitals in the United States Zynx, which was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the "Best Places to Work in Healthcare," is one of the Hearst Corporation's largest companies and has been one of Hearst's fastest-growing companies under Weingarten's leadership.

Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and is the co-inventor of two patents.