CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BayCare has hired James P. Cote as its new senior vice president of Ambulatory Services, a division that includes the health system's Laboratory, Imaging and Urgent Care services, and BayCare HomeCare, one of the largest providers in the state for at-home patient care.
"Jim is passionate about working with our team to provide the best possible patient experience to every patient, every time," said Tommy Inzina, BayCare's president and chief operating officer. "That commitment to the patient and his extensive experience in the area of ambulatory services are the reasons why I am excited to have him join our team."
Cote spent the past six years at Virginia Mason Medical Center, a nonprofit organization in Seattle with 5,000 employees, 450 employed physicians, 17,000 inpatient admissions and 18,000 surgical procedures. Virginia Mason also has an acute care, 336-bed hospital with one of the busiest emergency departments in the region and was the first health care organization in the country to implement LEAN, based on principles from the Toyota Production System.
At Virginia Mason, Cote was responsible for the strategic direction and operational oversight of the ambulatory clinics, regional medical centers and all outpatient services. He also provided operational oversight for the departments of Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Clinical Informatics, Laboratory, Radiology, and the services lines of heart, cancer, orthopedics, digestive diseases and neurosciences. Jim also was responsible for Virginia Mason's retail and employer strategy, including Urgent Care, virtual visits, convenience clinics and employer onsite clinics.
Before joining Virginia Mason, Cote held several roles at Children's Hospital Boston, including director of ambulatory operations and executive director of an urban health center owned by the hospital. Cote has a Master's of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts. He is certified in LEAN and has led or sponsored more than 40 improvement workshops at Virginia Mason. He started his career in the laboratory as a Medical Technologist.
Cote will replace Denton Crockett Jr., who retires next month after a 40-year career with BayCare.
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 13 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit www.baycare.org
SOURCE BayCare Health System