Providence Southern California medical centers made a pair of big announcements this week, according to hospital officials.
In addition to naming Bernard Klein, M.D., chief medical officer and interim chief executive of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, as the hospital’s new chief executive; it also received national recognition for success with its recent “39-Week Rule” for most mothers-to-be.
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A New Chief Executive
Klein brings the combined expertise in medicine and hospital management to one of the San Fernando Valley’s busiest hospitals, officials said.
“Bernie stood out immediately among some very qualified candidates for his knowledge, his dedication and his innovative thinking in steering this ministry through the challenges facing today’s healthcare industry,” said Michael Hunn, senior vice president and regional chief executive. “He is so well-respected and loved at Providence Holy Cross and is a key reason this hospital is consistently listed among the best.”
Klein replaces Larry Bowe, who took a regional role in December with Providence Health & Services, Southern California. His appointment was confirmed last week by the board of the Renton, Wash.-based Providence and takes effect immediately.
“I feel so incredibly blessed to take this next step and lead an organization like Providence Holy Cross where every single person is dedicated to quality and compassionate care for our patients,” Klein said.
“We look forward as a team to continue meeting challenges with innovation and solutions based on evidence. Providence Holy Cross has never let obstacles stand in its path toward new ideas that mean better care for our patients, their families and our community,” he said in a statement.
Klein, who holds both a medical degree and a master’s degree in business administration, has been with Providence since 2005, initially as chief medical officer serving both Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
His efforts to apply uniform surgical care quality measures have resulted in dramatic improvements in patient outcomes. He also is credited with boosting patient satisfaction results and creating a hospitalist program to better meet patients’ individual needs, according to a news release. Hospitalists are physicians who work in a hospital, available 24 hours to provide links between patients and their personal physicians.
As interim chief executive, Dr. Klein led the design and implementation of a region-wide program that successfully reduced the numbers of heart failure patients requiring readmission to the hospital.
He also was the lead physician in creating ProvidencePartners for Health, a year-old, physician-led partnership that attracted 650 physicians affiliated with the five Providence Southern California medical centers. The goal is to continuously improve quality through shared records, uniform clinical standards and expert-to-expert consultation.
‘The 39-week Rule’
Following the “39-Week Rule” for most mothers-to-be has resulted in healthier babies born at Providence hospitals in the Los Angeles area, a news release stated Thursday.
The practice of waiting at least 39 weeks for elective deliveries has earned four Providence Southern California medical centers recognition from the National Health Foundation’s patient safety coalition for reducing the number of premature births.
James Danielzadeh, M.D., chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, said that since his hospital adopted the 39-Week Rule, there are fewer premature babies, which means fewer tiny and fragile patients in Providence’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
“We’re using evidence-based practices on a consistent basis, and the result is fewer babies going to the NICU,” said Toni Meek, R.N., nurse manager of Women’s Services at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. “Waiting full term means healthier lungs and even better success for moms when they breastfeed.”
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in San Pedro and Torrance, Providence Tarzana Medical Center and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank earned certificates ofachievement from the Patient Safety First… a California Partnership for Health for 100 percent success in working with obstetricians to wait until at least the 39th week of pregnancy before delivering babies – if the mother is medically able.
The recognition comes as Michael Hunn, senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services, Southern California, takes on the role as chairman of the March of Dimes’ April 27 March for Babies fundraising walk at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. His selection and the role of Providence as a corporate sponsor were announced today for the event to raise money to help improve the health of newborns.
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