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Health system names medical group president

April 2, 2014
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Seth Wolk
Seth Wolk. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A health care system has a new president at the helm of its medical group.

Spectrum Health Medical Group said last week that Dr. Seth Wolk has been named president of the organization.

Wolk served as interim president of the group since January and has been a member of the group’s physician leadership team since 2012, having served as associate chief medical officer and department chief of surgical services.

Spectrum Health Medical Group, formed in 2008, is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Michigan with more than 860 physicians and providers.

Vision

Wolk said one of his first steps as president is to set a course for the medical group for the next five to six years that will align the organization with the system's goal of being the national leader in health.

“I am committed to changing our model of care to one that is value based, that is patient centric, time sensitive — that involves inter-disciplinary teams working together to care for patients and care for our population here in West Michigan,” Wolk said.

Wolk went on to say another goal is making the organization a professionally rewarding place to work for both providers and clinical staff.

In terms of future issues and obstacles, Wolk said he’s committing the medical group to consistently produce health outcomes patients are seeking at a cost the organization and society can afford.

“We have to quickly collectively learn our way to solve the many problems before us as health care providers,” Wolk said. “Including how to reduce the cost of care, while simultaneously improving quality and safety.”

Background

Board certified as a vascular surgeon, Wolk earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a graduate degree in health care services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

He completed his general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and earned a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Predecessors

Wolk was named interim president in January after Dr. Ken Fawcett, who held the position from July 2013 to January 2014, was appointed vice president of care model transformation.

The previous president, Dr. James Tucci, was promoted to chief clinical systems integration and improvement officer. Tucci was president of Spectrum Health Medical Group from 2008 until 2013. 

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