Ascension's Providence Health System in Washington, D.C., has named Francisco Hoyos, MD, and Muhammad Shibli, MD, as Co-Chief Medical Officers. Providence is the first hospital in Ascension's nationwide network of healthcare facilities to adopt a shared leadership model for this important position.
In their roles, the physicians will work collaboratively with the Providence Core Leadership Team to transform the hospital's acute care services to boost hospital utilization rates, enhance graduate medical education, oversee medical directors and medical affairs, and strategically develop Providence's medical staff to improve quality and safety while reducing costs.
"The healthcare industry is experiencing a significant era of change, and we feel that an innovative and collaborative approach to medical care management and delivery will help us answer the unique challenges of our diverse communities," said Darcy Burthay, Health System President and CEO. "Dr. Hoyos and Dr. Shibli, with their decades of clinical experience and professional partnership, bring important perspectives that will help us continue our transformative journey to improve quality of care and patient experience."
Both Dr. Hoyos and Dr. Shibli will continue their current roles as directors of Inpatient Medicine as they assume the CMO role formerly held by Patricia Evans, MD, who retired February 2 after nearly 20 years with Providence Health System. Inpatient Medicine includes the Providence critical care and hospitalist service along with its internal medicine residency program and advanced primary stroke center inpatient service. They also serve as co-directors of the Sleep Disorders Institute at Providence.
"It is exciting that we are able to continue our clinical work while we also support the medical staff and the administrative team, because one of our goals is to strengthen the relationship between medical leadership and administration," Dr. Shibli said. "We want to lead from experience, and through collaboration."
Dr. Hoyos said they are looking forward to enhancing acute care at Providence to better support the growing needs of its patient population and the evolving healthcare system. "We are excited to focus on inpatient medicine operations, create strong protocols for patient care, and strengthen the partnership between our community-based medical staff physicians and the top quality physicians working in the inpatient service," he said.
Dr. Hoyos, who joined Providence in 1992, earned his medical degree in 1983 from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, before completing post-graduate training at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in critical care, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. Dr. Shibli joined Providence in 1996 after earning his medical degree from American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1995, and obtaining specialty training in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Columbia University, New York City.