HOUSTON, Jan. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA Gulf Coast Division has named Stephen W. Nesbit, D.O. as its Chief Medical Officer.
Last month, Dr. Nesbit assumed oversight for all clinical and quality services across HCA Gulf Coast Division's 11 acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals located in Houston and South Texas. In this role, he is working to enhance HCA Gulf Coast Division's commitment to quality care, evidenced-based practice and patient safety.
"Dr. Nesbit has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career, and his strategic vision and experience as a superior clinical leader will bring unparalleled expertise to his role as our chief medical officer," said Maura Walsh, HCA Gulf Coast Division President. "We are confident that he will continue to raise the standards of care within the organization."
Prior to joining HCA Gulf Coast Division, Dr. Nesbit served as the chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Via Christi Health, the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. In these roles, he was responsible for the management of clinical quality, patient safety, clinical effectiveness initiatives, medical staff operations, physician leadership development, hospital-based physician responsibility, and accreditation compliance. Additionally, he managed all Graduate Medical Education that included Family Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology Residency Programs.
Dr. Nesbit has over 30 years of experience as a board certified family medicine physician with the last 16 years focusing on physician executive roles. His clinical experience ranges from a rural solo practice in West Texas, including obstetrics and family medicine to emergency medicine and urgent care in Southeast Texas. In his physician executive roles, he has had senior management responsibilities for quality, medical management, resource management, credentialing, physician recruitment, service line operations and physician relations. For 8 years he held chief medical officer positions within the health plan insurance environment. For the last 9 years, Dr. Nesbit has held chief medical officer positions for regional acute care hospitals.
With a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Lamar University, Dr. Nesbit completed his doctor of osteopathic medicine and family medicine training at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, MO. Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, he has practiced in a traditional family medicine practice setting and as an emergency room medical director. While in private practice, Dr. Nesbit also completed his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Houston in Clear Lake, TX.
"I am honored to have been selected for this position," said Nesbit. "The mission and vision of HCA and its Gulf Coast Division align so well with my own personal commitment to improve quality and patient safety while delivering healthcare in a cost-effective manner. The very future of healthcare depends on the success of this challenge. As an added bonus, my wife, Suzie, and I are thrilled to be back in Southeast Texas and we are happy to be closer to family and friends."
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas' residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.
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