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Senior Leadership

Ziad Haydar, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Health

Ziad Haydar, MD, MBA, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Health. Dr. Haydar leads our Clinical Excellence initiatives, collaborating with physician, nursing and executive leaders across Ascension Health to build on the organization’s nationally recognized patient safety initiatives. Dr. Haydar joined Ascension Health in 2010 as Vice President, Clinical Excellence and Physician Integration. In addition to his role in supporting Ascension Health’s High Reliability journey, he has facilitated the strategic vision in the area of population health and has supported the organization’s shared learning in the areas of practice management as well as other aspects of the physician enterprise.

Ann Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN
Senior Vice President, Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, Ascension Health

Ann Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN, is the Senior Vice President, Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer at Ascension Health. She guides the implementation of clinical excellence and informatics initiatives in partnership with executives, board members and clinical leadership. Dr. Hendrich also is the Executive Sponsor of the Ascension Health Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network as well as the Principal Investigator for the AHRQ demonstration grant focused on improved patient safety and reduced medical liability in the high-risk practice of obstetrics.

Robert Taylor III, MD
Vice President, Physician Integration, Ascension Health

Dr. Taylor serves as the Vice President for Physician Integration in the Clinical Excellence department of Ascension Health. He works on a range of initiatives including the support of the Ascension Health Specialty Affinity Groups and the improvement of Clinical Process Reliability within the system. Previously, Dr. Taylor served for eight years as the CMO and Vice President, Medical Affairs of Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, an Ascension Health Ministry in Binghamton, N.Y., where he helped promote the Ascension Health Quality agenda, and led the early adoption of Health Performance Improvement’s Highly Reliable Organization and patient safety initiatives. An internist by background and training, Dr. Taylor has been an Ascension medical staff member since 1988 and an Ascension-employed physician since 1994. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Leadership Committees

Patient safety and quality efforts at Ascension Health are led by a number of clinical leadership committees. The membership of each committee is comprised of hospital clinical leaders, physicians and executives as well as allied health, quality and risk management professionals; these members provide authority, leadership, and oversight across all patient safety, quality, and physician enterprise initiatives within Ascension Health.

The committees help establish System clinical priorities and endorse, promote and assure participation across Ascension Health’s more than 100 acute care hospitals.

Clinical Excellence Committee. The goal of the Clinical Excellence Committee (CEC) is to provide clinical strategic and operational oversight and guidance to ensure optimal performance for Ascension Health ministries and to envision future direction. Recommendations will be made to the Executive Leadership Community (ELC). Special attention is given to coordination, integration, and resource allocation in the areas of quality, risk, patient safety, and efficiency. In addition, CEC provides focus to achieve and deliver processes and standards in support of the Ascension Health Point of View directs the approach for principles and practices for High Reliability. The CEC is comprised of clinical, operations, quality, allied health, and risk leaders from Health Ministries.

Clinical Integration Committee. The goal of the Clinical Integration Committee (CIC) is to provide strategic and operational oversight and guidance to maximize physician and caregiver engagement around Ascension Health goals and priorities. Special attention is given to coordination, integration, and resource allocation in the areas of Graduate Medical Education, Practice Management, and Population Health. The CIC is comprised of leaders of the physician enterprise, in addition to representatives of other caregiver champions of population health, and of graduate medical education programs from Health Ministries.

High Reliability Steering Committee. The High Reliability Steering Committee energizes and guides Ascension Health in its efforts to establish, spread, and sustain a culture of safety and reliability. It helps ensure appropriate strategic integration with existing and future patient safety, associate safety, model community, patient experience, and clinical quality and effectiveness efforts. The HRSC makes recommendations to the Clinical Excellence Committee, focused on high impact change and innovation in high reliability.

Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Council. The purpose of the Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Council (CNOAC) is to provide strategic direction and thought leadership on major system-related topic areas that are deemed to impact quality, safety, staffing and operational performance, nursing leadership and nursing education and development, product evaluation/acquisition, and patient care delivery.

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