(Cincinnati, Ohio – May 30, 2013) The Health Collaborative, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, and HealthBridge announce Dr. Richard Shonk has joined as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the three organizations. The three nonprofit health improvement, technology, and hospital service organizations aligned in 2012 under a common CEO.
Dr. Shonk will be leading the quality and performance measurement activities at all three organizations, as well as expanding the programs that contribute to the triple aim: better health, better care, and lower cost.
Dr. Shonk previously served as Market Medical Director for UnitedHealthcare (UNC) where he greatly improved relations between UHC and the health care provider community, and became a thought leader around measurement, payment reform and the advancement of the Patient Centered Medical Home approach to primary care. He also represented UHC on the Health Collaborative Board, and the Cabinet of HealthBridge. He vacated his board and cabinet positions to accept the CMO role.
Dr. Shonk practiced as a primary care physician for many years before shifting his career to hospital administration. He served as Medical Director of the Quality Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and is a former Vice President of Quality at Ohio Health System in Central Ohio. Dr. Shonk has served in a leadership role with numerous state-wide organizations in Ohio, including the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. Dr. Shonk serves as co-chair of the Ohio Department of Health’s Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Council whose mission is to accelerate the expansion of the Patient Centered Medical Home.
“Dr. Shonk’s leadership of our organization’s care transformation work will be key as we seek to aggressively move our region forward on a shared triple aim agenda,” said Craig Brammer, CEO. “As CMO of all three organizations he will be charged with maximizing our community health improvement efforts by coordination and aligning the health improvement work of all three organizations.”
“I have a deep-seated admiration and enthusiasm for the work these organizations are doing to improve healthcare outcomes in our community and I look forward to bringing my experience as a physician, hospital administrator, and health plan executive to drive that improvement in my new role.”
Dr. Shonk received his Medical Degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and holds a PhD in pharmacology, also from Case Western Reserve.