Three Key Executive Leaders Are Promoted to Fulfill Lakeland Regional’s Expanding Mission and Vision
Thursday, January 10 2013
“The principle behind these promotions is our transformative vision in becoming a clinician-led health system committed to raising the quality of healthcare while lowering the cost, and in so doing, improving the health of the broad communities we serve,” said Dr. Reavis. “As President of LRMC, my goal is to ensure that patients come first and that our physicians and clinical teams will be fully supported to accomplish that goal.”
The promotions include the following leaders:
- Janet Fansler, MS, RN, CENP, is promoted to the role of executive vice president and will continue to serve as chief nurse executive and chief operating officer. Her role will be expanded by having Jeff Payne, vice president of Human Resources, report to her. Together they will reach world class levels of engagement across our organization. During FY12 Janet’s leadership played a key role in driving changes in the emergency department that led to national-level outcomes and significantly improved patient wait times and quality of care. By the end of 2012, more than 80 percent of our patients visiting the ED were discharged or admitted to an inpatient bed within 3 hours. At the same time, more than 85 percent of our patients were seen by a physician in less than 30 minutes. In addition, Janet has been highly successful in building a culture of excellence within the nursing staff and in aligning nursing services with overall organizational goals and strategic initiatives.
- Evan Jones, MBA, is promoted to the role of executive vice president and will continue serving as chief financial officer for Lakeland Regional Health Systems. Since joining the LRMC team in 2011, Evan has directed efforts to make significant improvements to Lakeland Regional’s revenue cycle and operational efficiency. Under his leadership, the LRMC/LRHS income from operations improved from $7 million in FY11 to $42 million in FY12. This was accomplished at the same time that LRMC provided $59 million in uncompensated care. He also supported critical efforts to mitigate reductions in Medicaid reimbursements that were proposed during Florida’s 2012 legislative session and played a key role in working with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners to increase access to care for participants in the Polk County Health Plan.
- Mary Ford, MBA, is promoted to the role of senior vice president and will continue as chief information officer, providing strategic and operational leadership for technology; physician and clinical informatics; quality and performance improvement; risk management; health information management reporting; and support for the organization’s day-to-day operations. Since joining LRHS, Mary has integrated risk management, quality, performance improvement, decision support and regulatory functions into a unified team with a focus on collaboration and strategy. This effort has led to improved support for finance, strategic development, compliance and clinical and support services. Collaborating with the leadership team and key clinicians, Mary also led the historic digitization of Lakeland Regional with a single electronic health record system, resulting in 100 percent of our physicians efficiently entering medical orders electronically and full integration of all financial, operational and clinical systems. Moreover, she has secured $12.5 million in healthcare reform stimulus funding for LRHS by meeting Federal ARRA Meaningful Use requirements set forth in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“By promoting these leaders, I will be able to fully devote my time and center my passion on ensuring that Lakeland Regional Medical Center continues to have a clinically-centered operating and reporting platform that delivers consistent and efficient outcomes by utilizing evidence based practices and improved standardization of care,” concluded Dr. Reavis. “Please join me in congratulating these community and hospital leaders.”