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Welcome Dr. Matthew Wayne as New Chief Medical Officer

Matthew S. Wayne, M.D., CMD, is the new chief medical officer for NewHealth Collaborative and Summa Physicians Inc. He began in his new role on June 15, and is responsible for the overall clinical vision of both entities, including medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the delivery of high quality, affordable healthcare. Dr. Wayne completed his undergraduate education at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Nutrition. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He also completed his residency training, as well as a fellowship in geriatric medicine, at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Prior to joining Summa Dr. Wayne served as chief medical officer for the Communicare Family of Companies, one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute care.  Before he came to Communicare, he held various medical director roles for University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He was also a faculty member, Center for Geriatric Medicine, at University Hospitals Care Medical Center. In addition, he is a past president of AMDA-Society for Post-Acute and LTC Medicine and was named to the Best Doctors in America database for 2009-2015.

Dr. Wayne shared some thoughts with us recently regarding his new position at Summa Health.

Q: You came to Summa Health as a chief medical officer from one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute care. What drew you to Summa?

Dr. Wayne: As a lifelong northeast Ohioan with many friends and colleagues who work at Summa Health, I was attracted to Summa because of its reputation for a patient-centered approach to care. I am also excited to be a part of Summa’s commitment to population health, which, if done correctly, can have such a positive impact on the individuals who are entrusting their care to us.

Q: What has been the focus of your first months in office?

Dr. Wayne: I’ve spent my first months at Summa getting to know my colleagues, and getting up to speed on all the good things Summa is doing and already has in place. I have also been identifying our opportunities for improvement.

Q: As the CMO for NewHealth Collaborative and Summa Physicians Inc., what are your goals going forward for both organizations?

Dr. Wayne: My goals for both organizations are to continue to improve the care of the populations we serve by:

  • Working with our primary care physicians to create Patient Centered Medical Homes
  • Improving our coordination of care around the acute hospital stay and post-acute hospital stay
  • Embracing the concept of team-based medical care, while clarifying the role of the physician leader on that team

Q: What do you see as the greatest challenges facing both organizations?

Dr. Wayne: Summa has done such a great job of vertical integration and each silo is so efficient within its silo. The problem is that creates silos, and while the efficiencies work for the silo, it does not always work for the patient or system as a whole. I believe true horizontal integration within our system is our greatest challenge at present, but also presents our greatest opportunity.

Q: What do you see as NewHealth Collaborative and Summa Physicians Inc.’s biggest areas of opportunity?

Dr. Wayne: I am a strong proponent of performance improvement and creating a strong culture of performance improvement. We need to take an honest look at the data, be accountable for the data and most importantly, use the data to tackle problems, not people. This is a great opportunity for Summa, but an even more important first step is the horizontal integration I spoke of in the previous response. At the end of the day, healthcare is a people business. We need to focus on developing relationships outside of our silos, understanding how we all fit together and how we can win together.

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