CLEVELAND, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente Ohio announced today that Nabil Chehade, MD, MSBS, has been named the next president and executive medical director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group, the exclusive physician network for Kaiser Permanente members.
Dr. Chehade's new role begins Jan. 1, 2013, when he will lead more than 200 health care clinicians and professionals who work for OPMG in 15 Kaiser Permanente medical offices in northeast Ohio. For the past 15 years, Ronald Copeland, MD, FACS, served as OPMG president and executive medical director. Starting in January, Dr. Copeland will assume the role of Kaiser Permanente's senior vice president of diversity strategy and policy in Oakland, Calif.
"Health care in America is in the midst of one of the most extraordinary and challenging times in history," Dr. Chehade says. "The health care industry is and will continue to evolve as the nation shifts to a new health care delivery system and Kaiser Permanente, which is both a health care provider and health plan, is well positioned for this new environment."
Previously, Dr. Chehade has held several leadership positions within Kaiser Permanente, including assistant medical director of Medical Specialties and Imaging Services, chief medical informatics officer, lead physician for Coding and Documentation, and chief of Urology within OPMG. Dr. Chehade is an active member of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, the American Urological Association and the North Central Section of the American Urological Association.
Recently, Kaiser Permanente Ohio was recognized nationally and rated best in Ohio for its high quality, care and service by several independent organizations. According to Dr. Chehade, "It took hard work and dedicated staff to receive these accolades, and our members will continue to experience the same high quality, care and service they expect from their Ohio Permanente Medical Group physicians."
Dr. Chehade, a Broadview Heights resident, received his medical degree and completed a residency in urology at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He also received a master's degree in biomedical studies with a major in pathology at the Medical College of Toledo, and recently graduated from the Harvard Business School. Dr. Chehade is board certified in urology and a certified professional coder.
About Kaiser Permanente Ohio
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health care delivery system. Kaiser Permanente Ohio holds an "Excellent" accreditation rating by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and has been ranked best in state for its HMO and Medicare products. Kaiser Permanente Ohio has been rated an excellent 5 out of 5 stars overall – the highest-rated Medicare Health Plan in Ohio for 2013 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
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