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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY January 2018 | Archived Issues

Executives Begin New Duties in January

Jennifer Blaha

Clare T. Lee

An executive at Cedars-Sinai for ten years, Jennifer Blaha has been promoted to vice president of Operations, while Clare T. Lee has been named the organization's vice president of Professional and Support Services.

Blaha, who began her new duties Jan. 3, most recently served as executive director of the Department of Surgery, where she was instrumental in the successful launch of Orthopaedics as a separate department. In her capacity as executive director, Blaha was responsible for the clinical, operational, academic and business development activities. In addition, Blaha translated healthcare policy into sustainable care pathways for bundled payments, established the Boeing Center of Excellence relationship, successfully integrated the Kerlan-Jobe Institute research and education team and achieved strong patient, employee and faculty satisfaction scores.

Blaha also has extensive experience at Cedars-Sinai in surgery, orthopaedics, performance improvement, research and interventional services. She developed an impressive track record improving clinical quality, patient satisfaction and operational efficiency throughout the hospital with strategies that supported both safety and financial objectives.

In her new role as vice president, Blaha will work in close partnership with chairpersons and institute leaders, to oversee the administrative operations supporting the clinical and academic missions of the Department of Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurology, Department of Psychiatry, Comprehensive Transplant Center, Pain Center, Respiratory and Pulmonary Services. Her responsibilities will encompass directing and supporting quality, financial, service and performance-improvement activities in all areas of these departments as well as across Cedars-Sinai.

Lee, who began her new duties Jan. 15, is an exceptionally accomplished executive who brings with her extensive administrative experience and expertise in clinical support services.

Lee comes to Cedars-Sinai from Dignity Health's 342-bed Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., where she served as the chief operating officer. In her role, Lee was the site executive responsible for all hospital operations including clinical, nursing, ancillary, quality, compliance, finance, facilities, operational efficiency and business development.

Lee helped integrate the system's strategic goals and led the development of patient, employee and physician satisfaction initiatives. She also served as the executive lead for the hospital's co-managed initiatives in orthopaedic and cardiovascular services.

Prior to her experience in Sacramento, Lee served as the vice president of operations at the Houston Methodist Hospital System's flagship 900-bed hospital located in the Texas Medical Center. During her 10 years in that role, she had numerous assignments including pharmacy services, laboratory services, all cancer programs, imaging, revenue cycle, cell and gene therapy, acute therapies, food/nutrition services, patient transportation, environmental services and valet parking.

In her new role at Cedars-Sinai, Lee will oversee Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality Services, Plant Operations & Engineering, Pharmacy Services, Food/Nutrition Services, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Imaging.