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Health system names chief medical officer

July 24, 2014
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Seth Wolk
Seth Wolk. Courtesy Spectrum Health

The president of a health system’s physician group is taking on an additional role as chief medical officer of the system.

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids said this month that it has named Dr. Seth Wolk, president of the Spectrum Health Medical Group, to the leadership role, effective Aug. 4.

“I am exhilarated and will be quite challenged by the role,” Wolk said. “However, we have a tremendous amount of very smart talented people here whom I feel privileged here to be able to lead.”

The role

In his role as CMO, Wolk said he will be responsible for at least three more business procedures throughout the Spectrum Health system: quality and safety, diagnosis treatment and re-cooperation of a patient and improving efficiency and eliminating waste out of operational practices.

“I will have three additional bodies of work: Quality and safety is one area. The second is what we call health management — which really looks at how do we develop coordinated processes of care, which enables a patient to be cared for an entire cycle of their illness,” Wolk said. “The third is process improvement, which is basically how do we improve what we do.”

Medical group

As Wolk assumes the CMO duties, he will continue to serve as the president of the medical group. He was appointed to the position this spring.

The multi-specialty physician group consists of more than 860 physicians and providers.

Through his role as president of the medical group, Wolk is committed to changing the model of care to value based and patient-centric, while achieving a goal of creating a professionally rewarding atmosphere for both providers and clinical staff to work.

Background

Wolk has held several roles at Spectrum Health: interim president of the medical group; member of the medical group leadership team; associate chief medical officer and department chief of surgical services.

Wolk is a board certified vascular surgeon and completed his general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, while earning a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

With a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Wolk also attended the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health to complete a graduate degree in health care services administration.

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