|[January 08, 2014]
Coker Group Announces Appointment of Chief Medical Officer to Lead Clinical Care Transformation
ALPHARETTA, Ga. --(Business Wire)--
The clinical and financial aspects of healthcare are intertwined like
never before. Recognizing this, Coker Group has added the title and
responsibilities of Chief Medical Officer to the portfolio of Ellis
Knight, MD, MBA, FACHE.
Dr. Knight joined Coker Group in October 2013 as Senior Vice President
leading the firm's Hospital Operations and Strategic Services (HOSS
section), which provides guidance specifically on clinical integration
and related areas of "accountable care." With this leadership addition,
more and more entities are looking to Coker as the voice representing
hospitals and physicians in the quest for quality of care in a
value-based reimbursement system. Having led the creation and
implementation of a clinically integrated organization in his previous
role at Palmetto Health, Dr. Knight brings real world experience to this
challenging phase of healthcare reform.
As the leader and clinical expert for HOSS, Dr. Knight continues o lead
strategic and operational assignments pertaining to health systems'
day-to-day services. In addition, Knight will be guiding Coker's Care
Process Design System (C²PDS) model which focuses beyond the structural
aspects of clinical integration to the quality of clinical care.
"As a practicing physician, clinical leader and change agent, Dr.
Knight's clinical leadership will allow us to better guide health
systems and physicians toward evidence-based processes which will
ultimately result in improved care; this will be completed in a largely
fee-for-service environment," stated Max Reiboldt, President/CEO of
"Retooling the care delivery system is best done by those closest to the
care process, which includes physicians, nurses and other ancillary
clinical practitioners," stated Dr. Knight. "Within my new
responsibilities, Coker Group can expand beyond the typical consultant's
role in both personnel and scope. This expansion will allow us to
identify, facilitate and participate in the development of the
transformative vision that is needed for healthcare to be
self-sustaining and value-producing."
About Coker Group
Coker Group is a national healthcare consulting firm with more than two
decades of experience assisting healthcare organizations navigate and
manage the challenges of an unpredictable industry. Headquartered in
Atlanta, Coker offers a wide variety of healthcare advisory services
throughout the United States with offices in Dallas, Charlotte and
For more information visit www.cokergroup.com.
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