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Baptist Health names Jahn as chief clinical officer

Timothy Jahn, M.D., has been named Baptist Health chief clinical officer effective Nov. 4. Jahn currently serves as system chief medical officer for Abrazo Health, a six-hospital system in Phoenix, Ariz., owned and operated by Vanguard Health Systems (based in Nashville, Tenn.).

In this newly expanded role, Jahn will oversee quality initiatives and clinical integration to ensure a collaborative approach that provides higher quality, better coordinated and more efficient care for patients. In addition, Jahn will have responsibility for information technology, assuring that the information and clinical systems Baptist Health implements truly assist caregivers in providing top-level care.

As an internal medicine specialist and emergency physician, Jahn’s 27-year career in healthcare includes hands-on experience as a practicing physician in a multi-specialty practice, and a dozen years in the U.S. Navy, including service as a flight surgeon. In his administrative roles, he has led major quality and patient safety initiatives at for-profit and faith-based healthcare systems.

“What drew us to Dr. Jahn’s experience is the fact that he truly ‘walks the talk,’” said Baptist Health CEO Steve Hanson. “He is LEAN certified and uses many of the program’s principles to quickly and effectively create needed changes and improvements that lead to better patient care. Equally important, he has invested in his personal belief of building relationships to encourage stronger collaboration among doctors, administrators and the caregivers at the bedside. That singular focus has brought results that translate to a better experience for patients.”

As the healthcare environment undergoes rapid change, Jahn brings a breadth of experience in new models of care and strategic initiatives, including work within an accountable care organization; numerous opportunities to actively involve physicians in hospital leadership roles to effect change; implementation of significant Information Technology (IT) systems, including successful and rapid adoption of electronic medical records; and active involvement in a top-ranked system based on quality performance.

“Tim Jahn personally understands the challenges today’s physicians face, and the value that comes from not only asking physicians for input, but also actively involving them in creating realistic solutions that improve healthcare for physicians and patients alike,” said Lindsey Ingram, Jr., Baptist Health board member and co-chair of the selection committee. “He’s the right choice for the issues we’re poised to tackle.”  Ingram also chairs the Quality and Mission Effectiveness Committee of the board.

In addition to his work with Abrazo Health, Jahn spent 12 years in various roles with the faith-based, not-for-profit, Hospital Sisters Health System in Green Bay, Wisc. He served as chief medical officer/chief quality officer, focusing on safety, quality, information technology and process improvement. He started his career with the system at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center as emergency services director, earning top-level scores for patient satisfaction through stronger physician-hospital collaboration.

“I’ve been so impressed with the leadership team at Baptist Health and its focus on treating patients the way we would want to be treated,” said Jahn. “It’s that mission-based approach to healthcare – putting the health needs of the community first – that makes this move so appealing. I look forward to helping ensure that promise is kept to each and every patient we serve.”

About Baptist Health

Kentucky's Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System), headquartered in Louisville, owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond.  An eighth facility, Oak Tree, is a long-term, acute-care hospital in Corbin. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.

For more than 85 years, Baptist Health has stood for high-quality care, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence, owning two of the four adult Magnet-designated hospitals in Kentucky. Baptist has grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. In addition to hospitals, Baptist Health includes urgent care and retail-based clinics, home health care, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers and a health maintenance organization (HMO).