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Managed Care Partners - A Hopkins veteran takes the helm at Sibley

Managed Care Partners Summer 2012

A Hopkins veteran takes the helm at Sibley

Date: June 1, 2012


For Richard “Chip” Davis, the new post is a dream come true.
For Richard “Chip” Davis, the new post is a dream come true.

Richard “Chip” Davis says he’ll top a nearly 20-year career at Johns Hopkins this summer, as he assumes the role of president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, part of the Johns Hopkins Medicine network. The vice president for innovation and patient safety for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and executive director of Hopkins’ East Baltimore Ambulatory Operations and its Access Services, a group that facilitates patient appointments and performs financial clearance, says he has been interested in a CEO position for quite some time.

Davis says he got his first Hopkins job in 1993, as manager of administrative and building services in East Baltimore, not as much for his doctorate in public health as for his experience in construction management. Davis ran his own residential construction firm to pay his way through college and graduate school, and Hopkins was then finishing its 450,000-square-foot outpatient center.

“At the time, I was trying to get out of construction management,” he says. “I said to the vice president who hired me, ‘If you give me some real-world health care experience, I’ll help you finish your outpatient center.’ ”

Soon after, Davis quickly demonstrated his leadership ability in a variety of positions on campus, gradually managing outpatient surgery, the outpatient center, ambulatory operations and practice management, inpatient admitting, and operations integration. In 2002, he designed and co-founded the Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, with the goal of making Johns Hopkins the safest hospital in the world.

He later helped lead a highly successful drive to improve on national and state Core Quality Measures. The Johns Hopkins Hospital went from meeting or exceeding 33 percent of measures to exceeding 92 percent of measures in fiscal year 2011.

His accomplishments include spearheading efforts to streamline administrative processes in revenue recovery, resulting in more than $150 million in increased collection and reimbursement; creating Lean Sigma for Healthcare, one of the nation’s first hospital-based programs for process improvement training; and driving a hand hygiene campaign that reached 97 percent compliance in the outpatient setting.

“He is a proven leader, bringing extensive experience in inpatient and ambulatory operations, quality and safety to the Sibley community,” says Edward “Ted” Miller Jr., chairman of Sibley’s board of trustees. “He has the vision and skills to lead Sibley into the next era.”

Davis says working for Sibley presents a number of exciting opportunities. One is to create what he calls “the community hospital of the future.”

“There’s a huge opportunity to examine what health care will look like in the next 10 to 20 years, not just from a population standpoint but from an acute care perspective,” he says, including how relationships will work among payers, providers and patients. “What’s unique is that Sibley has a long history of excellence and innovation and is within the national capital region.”

In addition, he says, “there’s a huge potential to eliminate waste and variability and enhance evidence-based medicine, quality and innovation.”

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in health policy and management from Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A faculty member of both the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Management and the university’s Business of Medicine program, he has taught graduate-level courses on leadership, organizational behavior and quality in medical settings for more than a decade.  He regularly consults on leadership, quality, efficiency, cost control, patient safety and related issues for public and private health systems nationally and internationally.

Davis assumes the position July 6, succeeding retiring CEO Robert L. Sloan, who is leaving after 27 years at Sibley. Sloan will serve as a senior adviser to the Johns Hopkins Health System and will play a prominent role with the Sibley foundation.

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