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Meyer, International Quality Expert, Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock

March 22, 2012
Lebanon, NH

Dr. Gregg Meyer

Gregg Meyer, MD, MSc, an internationally known leader in health care quality and safety, has been named to the newly-created post of Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President for Population Health for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) health system. Meyer will also be Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and the first recipient of the Paul B. Batalden Chair in Health Care Leadership Improvement at Dartmouth Medical School.

"Gregg Meyer represents the future of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and of health care," said Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "As we work to create a Sustainable Health System for our neighbors, our communities, and for the nation, his contribution will be invaluable."

Dr. Meyer comes to D-H from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO), where he is the Senior Vice President of the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety. 

Dr. Meyer said: "Dartmouth-Hitchcock, together with Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth College, are moving forward with an exciting vision:  a system of health that benefits patients and populations with new approaches to care and innovative care models. While it is difficult to leave close colleagues and friends here in Boston, I feel this is a unique opportunity to effect real change in how we ensure health and deliver health care in the region and create a national model of what healthcare can and should be.  I am honored by being afforded the opportunity to participate in the bold and important changes at D-H."

Dartmouth Medical School Dean Dr. Wiley (Chip) Souba said of Dr. Meyer's appointment: "Gregg's skill and experience in quality and population health will be enormously valuable as we move ahead with curriculum reform at DMS, and the furthering of health care delivery science."

In his current role, Dr. Meyer leads the multi-faceted efforts of the MGH/MGPO in quality and safety. These include providing a voice internally and externally to a wide range of audiences, continuing as a principal investigator on quality and safety issues, creating opportunities for students and residents to explore their interests in quality and safety, and crafting a model program in quality and safety operations.  He also leads the care redesign efforts at MGH, which aim to improve both the quality and efficiency of care for common clinical conditions.  Most recently, Dr. Meyer chaired the committee charged with defining the future of clinical information systems for Partners Healthcare. 

 "Gregg Meyer is a tremendous addition to the Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock communities, which are increasingly viewed as a clinical and intellectual force for meaningful change in health care" said Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim. "We welcome him to Dartmouth."

Dr. Meyer and his wife Bonnie Blanchfield, a health policy and finance researcher, have two children, Caitie (who is a Dartmouth College sophomore) and Ian, a junior in high school.  He adds that he continues to play ice hockey and is looking forward to the colder clime after a winter that was not kind to his backyard ice rink.

Dr. Meyer will assume his position as Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President for Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on May 1, 2012.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. In addition to primary care services at local community practices, Dartmouth-Hitchcock patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at Dartmouth Medical School and centers such as The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI).

Dartmouth-Hitchcock includes
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire's internationally known and nationally ranked academic medical center
  • The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a network of more than 900 primary and specialty care physicians located throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, with major community group practices in Lebanon, Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Keene.
  • Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), New Hampshire's only children's hospital
  • Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.

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