The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) announced that Elizabeth Mitchell will become its new President and CEO on May 1, 2013.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 7, 2013) -- Mitchell is currently CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition (www.mehmc.org), a multi-stakeholder Regional Health Improvement Collaborative that has been a member of NRHI since 2009.
“We are delighted to have Elizabeth Mitchell as NRHI’s new President and CEO,” said Mylia Christensen, Executive Director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation and First Vice Chair of the NRHI Board of Directors, who chaired the selection process for the new CEO. “Elizabeth’s experience in both managing a successful Regional Health Improvement Collaborative and playing a leadership role in multistakeholder health improvement initiatives at the national level, and her exciting vision for how Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives can help transform the nation’s healthcare system, make her the perfect candidate to build on NRHI’s significant accomplishments over the past four years and lead us to even greater successes in the years ahead.”
Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Maine Health Management Coalition has become one of the most successful Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives in the country, implementing innovative programs in quality and cost measurement, employer and consumer engagement, and payment and delivery reform that are widely viewed as models for improving both the quality and affordability of healthcare. At the beginning of the year, the Coalition was designated as one of the initial four Qualified Entities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, enabling the residents of Maine to use Medicare claims data in their efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality. In February, the State of Maine received a $33 million State Innovation Models grant from the CMS Innovation Center, one of only six states to receive similar funding, based on an application developed jointly by the State and the Coalition.
Mitchell has also played a leadership role in national initiatives on healthcare quality and costthrough her roles as Chair of the NRHI Board of Directors, as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum, as a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Measure Applications Partnership, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Business Coalition on Health. In February, she gave invited testimony to the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, describing the work that the Maine Health Management Coalition has done to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare in Maine and the role that Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives could play in transforming healthcare nationally.
“I am very excited to become the new CEO of NRHI,” said Mitchell. “Based on my experience in Maine and on my conversations with leaders from around the country, I am convinced that regional, multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential if our nation is going to successfully improvethe quality and control the cost of healthcare. Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives provide a unique and successful mechanism for supporting these efforts, and I am looking forward to both continuing NRHI’s successful support of the work of local Collaboratives and expanding NRHI’s role in designing and implementing national healthcare improvement initiatives.”
Mitchell will succeed Harold D. Miller, who has served as President and CEO of NRHI on a parttime basis since November, 2008. In addition to management of NRHI, Miller has been simultaneously serving as Executive Director of the national Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (www.CHQPR.org), which he will continue to lead. “Over the past four years, NRHI has grown in size and influence to the point where it now needs a full-time CEO,” said Miller. “I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the outstanding work that Elizabeth Mitchell has been doing to improve healthcare quality and affordability in Maine, and so I am thrilled that she was willing and able to take over as NRHI’s new CEO. I will continue to do whatever I can to help her and the NRHI Board accelerate progress in healthcare payment and delivery reform both at the national and local levels.”
Miller will continue working with NRHI and its members in a consulting capacity, with a particular emphasis on helping NRHI’s member communities transform their healthcare payment and delivery systems. “Harold is a highly-regarded national expert on healthcare payment and delivery system reform,” said Christensen. “We are happy that in addition to the very successful work he does through the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, he will continue to work with NRHI to build on the many successes he has enabled us to achieve during his tenure as CEO.”
In addition to Mitchell’s appointment, NRHI also announced two other leadership changes: Mylia Christensen will become the new Chair of the NRHI Board of Directors, replacing Elizabeth Mitchell, who had been serving as Chair since September 2012. “Mylia is not only a highly-regarded leader of a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative, she has the kind of outstanding leadership skills needed by the Board of a national organization such as NRHI,” said Mitchell. “I am looking forward to working closely with her and the rest of the NRHI Board to make NRHI even stronger and more successful than it is today.”3Joy Duling, who has served as NRHI’s Vice President and Director of Special Projects since February 2012, has accepted a full-time position as Executive Director of the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (www.cihie.org). “Joy has played a key role in NRHI’s success over the past year and we will always be appreciative of the outstanding work she has done for us,” said Harold Miller. “We also recognize the critical need for strong local leadership in transforming our healthcare system, and so we are happy to see her taking on such an important new role in her home community.”
Mitchell and Christensen said that NRHI is planning to significantly expand its staff capacity over the coming year, allowing the organization to take on additional initiatives.