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Trinity Health Chief Medical Officer - Physician Enterprise - MGPS - Albany, NY in Albany, New York

Employment Type:Full timeShift:Day Shift

Description:Position: Chief Medical Officer, St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical AssociatesOrganization: St. Peter’s Health PartnersLocation: Albany, New YorkReporting Relationship: President, St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates

St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), a leading integrated regional health system, seeks a dynamic physician executive to join the organization as CMO, St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates (SPHPMA). In this key role, the CMO will provide medical leadership for SPHP’s large, market leading multispecialty medical group, and serve as a key member of the SPHPMA senior leadership team. St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates has a total of over 800providers and an annual operating budget of over $120 million.


St. Peter’s Health Partners

St. Peter’s Health Partners, based in Albany, New York is the region’s largest private-sector employer, and has more than 12,500 employees in more than 165 locations across seven counties. The system has an annual budget of nearly $1.5 billion. St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services, and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany; Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care. SPHP also includes St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates (SPHPMA), one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician group practices with more than 800 providers.In January, 2014, SPHP and nearby Ellis Medicine, a health care system based in Albany, formed a new regional alliance, Innovative Health Alliance of New York (IHANY). IHANY has provided the platform for the two systems to create the Capital Region’s first clinically integrated network in partnership with area physicians to prepare for participation in risk-based contracts for population health. IHANY provides management and services to improve access, improve quality, and manage health costs in a manner consistent with the missions, traditions, and ethical standards of member providers. IHANY is an approved Accountable Care Organization for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.For additional information regarding St. Peter’s Health Partners, please view

About Trinity Health

St. Peter’s Health Partners is a member of Trinity Health, the parent corporation formed in May 2013 through the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional catholic healthcare delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities, and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. It was formed when Trinity Health and Catholic Health East consolidated to strengthen their shared mission, increase excellence in care, and advance transformative efforts with their unified voice. The merged organization has annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. It employs more than 87,000 people, including 4,100 employed physicians.

Founded in community-based legacies of compassionate healing, St. Peter’s Health Partners and Trinity Health provide the highest quality comprehensive continuum of integrated health care, supportive housing, and community services, especially for the needy and vulnerable.

St. Peter's Health Partners Medical Associates

St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates, P.C., (SPHPMA) is one of the Capital Region’s largest multispecialty medical groups with more than 800 providers, in more than 90 practicelocations. SPHPMA is a captive P.C. of St. Peter’s Health Partners.SPHPMA was established in 2012, when St. Peter’s Health Partners and leading Capital Region private physician groups came together to form St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates. Through a thoughtful process, physician leaders and executives from SPHP worked together to create a new physician organization with bylaws, governance, and a leadership structure which reflect SPHP’s philosophy and direction as a provider-led organization. Since 2012, a number of additional area practices and physicians have joined SPHPMA. The vision of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates is to be the premier multispecialty group practice in the region and one of the premier groups in the nation. Working in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Partners, SPHPMA seeks to build on the synergies among clinical practice, research and education to improve patients’ well-being and the professional lives of providers and staff.

St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates is governed by a 24-member Board with a six-member Executive Committee. Operational oversight is accomplished through Quality, Compliance, Population Health, Strategic Planning, Finance, Compensation, and specialty-specific Joint Operating Committees, each of which have strong physician leadership and/or participation.

Through SPHPMA, SPHP strategically recruits and employs physicians and advanced practice clinicians to meet the needs of the communities it serves. SPHPMA includes hospital-based physicians in hospital medicine, emergency medicine, radiology, pulmonology, maternal fetal medicine, intensive care, and neonatology; and community-based primary care physicians in internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics. SPHPMA also employs physicians in most medical and surgical specialties. Since its establishment in 2012, SPHPMA has grown significantly, primarily through strategic practice acquisition. SPHPMA practices are located throughout the Capital Region in the counties of Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Columbia, Dutchess, and Ulster. SPHPMA includes St. Peter’s Urgent Care locations in Albany, Clifton Park, East Greenbush, and Troy. Cardiology locations include Albany Associates in Cardiology, Mid Valley Cardiology, and Saratoga Cardiology Associates.

SPHPMA has established itself as a strong, high-performing, and mission-critical member of the SPHP health system. Offering a collaborative and supportive professional practice environment, the group has a well-earned reputation for high-quality care within the market. With the leadership of a cohesive and highly engaged governing Board and supportive SPHP executive leadership, provider morale and physician-health system alignment is strong. Also central to this achievement have been committed physician leaders who lead and/or participate on SPHPMA’s committees.

While SPHPMA physician employment growth has now moderated, the group anticipates continuing growth in service volume, with continuing practice acquisition and recruitment, as appropriate, in response to market opportunities and needs. With a total of approximately 1,370 employees, SPHP Medical Associates provides approximately 1.4 million patient encounters per year.

SPHPMA central administrative and financial services are based in Albany near the campus of St. Peter’s Medical Center. Presently, the Group has Athena in place for EHR and practice management. The Group is in the planning process for implementation of EPIC as our new EHR.


The City of Albany is located on the banks of the Hudson River and is proud to be New York State’s Capital City. It is a modern, mid-sized city with deep-rooted history and heritage.

Albany, along with neighboring Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, forms the Capital District. In 2010, this area was home to more than 870,000 residents, making it the fourth largest urban area in New York. Albany is conveniently located amid some of the Northeast’s largest and most prominent cities including New York City, Boston, and Montreal.Albany is a beautiful and picturesque medium-sized city offering all the amenities of a larger urban area. Also known as the anchor of New York’s Tech Valley, Albany enjoys a stable economic setting, and is recognized as a dynamic city for economic growth. The Capital District has been a center of higher education for more than a century, and is home to premier academic institutions including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, Union College in Schenectady, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and Albany Medical College in Albany. Forbes Magazine lists Albany as one of “America’s Most Innovative Cities”, and one of “America’s Best Places to Raise a Family”; Brookings has described Albany as one of its “Strongest Performing Metro Areas”; and calls Albany one of its “Best Markets for Young Adults.”

Albany is close to the Adirondack, Lake George, and Lake Champlain Regions of upstate New York. The Adirondack Park has six million acres of land, more than 2,000 miles for hiking, and hundreds of miles for boating. Albany is also in close proximity to Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games; and the Catskill Mountains, which offer 700,000 acres of parkland for fishing, boating, hiking, camping, and hunting. The region also offers ample cultural attractions including museums, libraries, theatres, and galleries. Saratoga Springs, a short drive north, offers the excitement and glamour of world-class thoroughbred horse racing every summer.

In the Albany area, there are housing options for every taste and lifestyle available at a cost significantly less than in much of the Northeast. The region offers a wide variety of public and private school options. The area enjoys easy access to a superb network of highways, providing access in all directions. The I-87 Northway connects residents to the Lake George region, a one hour drive to the North, and New York City, 2 hours to the south. Boston is a 2 hour drive east. Train service is available daily in both directions between Montreal and New York City.

Attractive communities, accessible recreation, affordability, ideal geography, and a lack of urban congestion combine to offer the colleagues of St. Peter’s Health Partners an outstanding environment in which to live and work.


The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the senior physician leader for St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates (SPHPMA). He or she partners closely with the SPHPMA President andSPHP executives in the implementation of SPHP’s overall provider strategy. The CMO will serve as the physician leader on the SPHPMA senior leadership team, supporting SPHPMA as a key driver in SPHP’s transition into a regional, fully integrated healthcare system nationally recognized for superior patient outcomes, access to care, and operational efficiency.

The CMO will be a highly-visible executive who will work closely with the President, othermembers of the senior leadership team, and physician leaders to develop and reinforce an organizational culture which is based on transparency, oriented to primary care, and encourages a high level of engagement from providers to meet clinical and operational milestones centered on quality and financial performance.The CMO will play a key role in leading SPHPMA’s transition from a fee-for-service reimbursement delivery model to a value-based model that rewards exceptional clinical care, service and cost effectiveness. He or she also collaborates with the leadership of IHANY, SPHP’s affiliated ACO, in the continuing development of its clinically integrated network.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:Reports to: President, SPHPMADirect Reports: Through Medical Directors and Committee Chairs, oversees all SPHPMA employed physicians.Other Key Relationships:SPHPMA Executive Committee and BoardSPHPMA Leadership Team colleaguesSPHP Affiliate CMOsIHANY Leadership TeamOther key Capital Region medical groupsOthers as defined by market needsNEAR TERM EXPECTATIONS:During his/her first twelve months, the CMO will be expected to:

  • Build professional and leadership credibility and trust with SPHPMA physicians,administrative leadership, and staff, the SPHP leadership team, and the broader medicalcommunity. Develop effective relationships based on clear communication, active listening,and follow-through with all key stakeholders.

  • In collaboration with the SPHPMA administrative leadership team, SPHPMA ExecutiveCommittee and Board, and Joint Operating Committees, identify and pursue opportunities toeffectively leverage resources to maintain access and patient satisfaction, and improve qualityof care while controlling or reducing cost.

  • Provide sponsorship and executive level leadership for the successful implementation andadoption of the EPIC EHR across SPHPMA.

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the Capital Region healthcare market and medicalcommunity, including admitting, referral, and practice patterns.

  • Partnering with the SPHPMA President, Board, and Joint Operating Committees.


  • Provides overall leadership in quality of medical care and patient care services delivery forSPHPMA.

  • Develops and fosters a climate within SPHPMA which embodies a culture of service andopen communication.

  • Advocates within SPHP for clinical quality and physician issues. Works with SPHPMAsenior management to ensure that patient care operations are supportive of, andcoordinated with physician activities.

  • Serves as a physician leader and liaison to the SPHP Board and senior leadership toinvestigate new developments in medical practice, and apply new developments toSPHPMA’s strategic and operational plans.

  • Represents SPHPMA on assigned internal and external committees, commissions, andwork groups, and acts as spokesperson for SPHPMA on medical matters.

  • Serves as an ex-officio member of certain SHPHMA and potentially SPHP system-levelcommittees as directed by SPHPMA President, serving to integrate the activities ofvarious committees with each other, and with overall System goals.

  • Assumes a leadership role in reviewing national trends, experiences, and approaches inhealth care services delivery to identify and implement best practices at SPHPMA.

  • Responsible for developing and recommending long-range plans for growth anddevelopment of SPHPMA’s medical operations and patient care services, includingnecessary changes in structure, resources, and support for operations.

  • Develops and cultivates positive, effective, mutually beneficial relationships withinTrinity Health.

  • Continually identifies, trains, and develops medical staff leadership for SPHPMA,including ongoing development and implementation of the medical leadership trainingcurriculum.

Quality, Safety, and Clinical Operations

  • Continues to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase quality of care,patient satisfaction, and efficiency.

  • As part of overall quality effort, establishes quality and safety goals, and holds providersaccountable for performance expectations. Instills expectation to achieve high quality ofcare with standards of excellence for a consistent patient experience. Develops proceduresto assess quality of patient service, patient satisfaction and patient access, and developsannual goals for achievement.

  • Implements Quality Initiatives as directed and agreed to by the SPHPMA Board ofDirectors and the Quality Committee. Assures active physician leadership andparticipation in these quality programs.

  • Ensures SPHPMA compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines asissued by accreditation bodies. Leads Compliance Initiatives as directed and agreed to bythe SPHPMA Board of Directors and the Compliance Committee.

  • Provides education and support for providers on risk management issues and acts as aliaison to malpractice insurance provider. Reviews risk management concerns regardingclinic patients.

  • Participates in the design of clinical models with physician, nursing and administrativeleadership and assists in modification of these models to gain maximum efficacy andsupport for patient care.

  • Provides leadership for EMR development and utilization as directed and agreed to by theSPHPMA Board of Directors and the IT Committee.

  • Provides leadership for the implementation of PCMH across the Primary Care Division,ensuring certification and recertification of the involved practices. Supports and advocatesfor PCMH as a vehicle for successful transformation of care.

  • Advances the Trinity Health initiative of the "Model Cell", working to ensure its successand advancement of the project across SPHPMA.

Strategy and Development

  • In collaboration with SPHP leadership and affiliate CMO’s, develops and implements anoverall medical staff development plan and physician alignment strategy, to buildconsensus and support among both the formal and informal leaders of the affiliatehospitals’ medical staffs for SPHPMA’s strategic direction and initiatives. Effect culturechange within the providers of SPHPMA as necessary to support a unified vision ofpatient care delivery.

  • Work with System leaders as the physician liaison and leader for SPHPMA as applicablein the implementation of co-management of clinical service lines, and other integrationstrategies to drive quality.

  • Continually strengthens relationships with physicians in SPHPMA’s service area,including improving collaboration among the voluntary medical staff.

  • Collaborates with hospital affiliates, hospital leadership, medical staff, strategic planningand others to strengthen and grow clinical service lines.

  • Participates in the SPHPMA physician recruitment/practice acquisition process, incollaboration with SPHP and SPHPMA leadership.

  • Supports the development and negotiation of SPHPMA physician employment contractsto advance the delivery of high quality, fiscally responsible services, enhance patient andprovider satisfaction, and achieve targeted outcomes.

  • In partnership with other SPHPMA leaders, supports the development andimplementation of value-based contracts once SPHPMA transitions into risk-basedarrangements.

  • Builds strong relationships with SPHPMA providers to effectively implement populationhealth initiatives and strategies, as well as to advance the implementation of new risk-based healthcare delivery and payment models.

  • Participates in strategic planning with the SPHP leadership team to ensure thedevelopment and sustainability of value-based initiatives for SPHPMA physicians.

Medical Staff Affairs

  • Provides support to physicians and medical leadership.

  • Establishes and maintains procedures for the measurement and evaluation of providerperformance at SPHPMA.

  • Provides coaching, counseling, remediation and discipline, when needed, for providers tomaintain highest quality patient care services.

St. Peter’s Health Partners

  • The CMO shall have the authority to investigate or cause to be investigated, the clinicalperformance or personal conduct within SPHPMA of any employed provider whoseperformance or conduct is not considered to be in the best interest of patients or SPHPMA.

  • Develops and implements systems of support for physician well-being and job satisfaction.

Financial Management

  • Participates with the SPHPMA leadership team and finance staff in developing operatingand capital budgets to support continuing growth and success of SPHPMA. Collaborateswith senior management to successfully implement annual budgets.

  • Assures physician leaders regularly receive necessary information regarding the financialperformance of their clinical units. Educates, mentors, and coaches physician leaders tosupport their ability to achieve provider and organizational financial targets.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in outside medical and community activities as a representative of SPHPMA.

  • Conveys a professional, ethical and positive image and attitude regarding the organization.

  • Establishes strong and constructive relationships with internal and external constituentswithin SPHP and the market area.

  • Perform other duties as requested/assigned.


The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, confident, and engaging physician leader. He/she will demonstrate strong advocacy for provider-led integrated primary and specialty care. The ideal candidate possesses strong strategic and critical-thinking skills, as well as an ability to effectively prioritize and manage resources. In addition, he/she will specifically possess:

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • A medical degree (MD or DO) with Board Certification is required. A post-graduate businessdegree and/or healthcare degree – MBA, MMM, MHA, or MPH - is a plus.

  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of New York.

  • Ten or more years of post-graduate experience in clinical practice.

  • Five or more years of experience in a notable medical staff or physician leadership role withina medical group or ambulatory care setting.

  • Prior experience/involvement with a risk-sharing environment – managed care, clinicallyintegrated network, or ACO is preferred.

  • Possesses broad, contemporary market insight regarding the current status, trends, and outlookfor the healthcare delivery system.

  • Strong contemporary knowledge of related laws, state and federal regulations, JointCommission standards, state licensing, and relevant payor requirements relating to medicalpractice.

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in leading clinical quality and safety performanceimprovement initiatives. Demonstrate a track record of improving quality and safety in ahospital or physician group practice setting.

  • Prior experience with advanced clinical information systems, including EMR and CPOE.Understands how to leverage the electronic medical record for quality and safety improvement.

  • Demonstrated ability to leverage clinical, operational, and financial data to motivate and directimprovement at the management and front-line levels.

  • A solid grasp of physician enterprise and hospital finance, supporting the ability to effectivelyparticipate in strategic and business planning initiatives, including new program developmentand clinical services.

  • Knowledge of physician employment contracts and compensation models.

  • Strong presentation and writing skills. Creates succinct written communications and is able tosimplify complex message

Abilities, Characteristics, and Demeanor:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to engage and to build effectiverelationships with providers and administrative leaders and across all areas of the organization.

  • Possesses confidence, self-assurance, courage of conviction, and charisma.

  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively and successfully advocate for his/her agenda.

  • Have the political, interpersonal and organizational skills to work effectively in a matrixmanagement setting.

  • Action-oriented and results-driven, with a sense of urgency and the ability to instill this inothers.

  • An affable, approachable, and accessible individual.

  • Unquestioned and demonstrated values, integrity, and personal ethics.

    Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 22 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.