Al Loren, MD, has accepted the position as Chief of Surgery for Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). A recent review of the Northwest Community Quality Program and initiatives by the American Medical Foundation included this permanent position as a key part of their recommendations.
The position is designed to work collaboratively with the surgeons as well as the medical staff-at large to provide leadership for the organization through all areas of surgical services. The collaboration will include the development and implementation of evidence-based protocols and patient care guidelines within surgical services.
The role also will ensure the effective monitoring and management of optimal clinical outcomes, resource utilization and patient flow. Dr. Loren will represent the physicians' interests on the Value Analysis Team, strategy development, capital planning and operating performance in all areas of surgical services. Dr. Loren also will be working with staff to help implement processes and procedures to support us as we strive to achieve the best quality outcomes.