Halifax Health physicians have come together to form the Governance Council to provide general oversight for Halifax Health – Care Partners, the community health system’s multi-specialty group medical practice.
“The purpose of the Governance Council is threefold – to provide general oversight for our physician group’s operational activities, assure organizational alignment with the health system’s goals and objectives, and enhance clinical alignment for patient care services,” explains Patrick Connors, vice president of physician services for Halifax Health.
The Governance Council consists of nine members with the majority of its members either employed or exclusively contracted by Halifax Health. Members appointed to the council include: Sandra Buchanan, M.D.; Patrick Connors; Margaret Crossman, M.D.; Roxy Marrese, M.D.; Eric Peburn, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Halifax Health; Michelle Rathburn, M.D.; Peter Springer, M.D., vice president and service line administrator for Emergency, Hospitalists, Intensivists and Trauma Services at Halifax Health; Christopher Stanley, M.D.; and Halifax Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Donald Stoner, M.D.
Jeff Feasel, president and chief executive officer for Halifax Health; Bill Griffin, director of research and strategic planning for Halifax Health; and Steven Miles, M.D., senior vice president and chief quality officer for Halifax Health serve as ad hoc members of the council.
The council is charged with developing and administering a quality assessment program; planning and implementing internal physician education to support quality improvements; imparting operational oversight and advisory services to all practices; actively assisting with the recruitment of physicians and staff; and providing financial review and oversight of all practices, as well as other duties.
“Ultimately, the mission of the council is to provide effective, coordinated comprehensive patient care for our community,” Connors says.