New Chief Medical Officer at EMHS - Robert Thompson, MD


EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood is pleased to announce that Robert Thompson, MD will join EMHS as senior vice president and chief medical officer. Thompson is currently the chief quality and medical officer of Asante Health System in Medford Oregon.
Ms. Hood reports that Dr. Thompson will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. "Rob shares EMHS' passion for rural health delivery, a steadfast commitment to high quality standards, and improving lives through care coordination. I look forward to welcoming him to Maine." 
As senior vice president and chief medical officer, Thompson’s role will be instrumental in helping EMHS lead transformation in healthcare. Hood added, “As we continue to reinvent care delivery, it is important we continue to develop innovative models to drive high quality care. Thompson will work towards developing standardized clinical processes that foster collaboration, coordination, and consistency.”
Thompson is board certified in internal medicine and allergy/immunology and has actively practiced medicine for more than 20 years. In addition, he has 20 years of administrative experience spanning the patient care spectrum, including both outpatient and inpatient care. During his time at Asante, Thompson is credited for leading quality initiatives which resulted in the organization being named a “Top 15 Health System” by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in 2013, as well as helped the organization decrease healthcare acquired conditions by more than 85 percent in three years. As chief medical officer at EMHS, he plans to further drive quality and safety initiatives and help to develop tools that will assure success in a new and challenging healthcare environment.
Thompson says, “EMHS is a health system widely recognized for being a leader in many areas. EMHS is one of the original Pioneer accountable care organizations, and this is an example of how they are not only adapting to the rapidly changing environment, but also thriving. The opportunities to further coordinate and drive high quality care and deliver value through efficiencies and great patient and family experience are self-evident. I am honored and pleased to help lead that effort.”
In addition to his roles at Asante, Thompson also chairs the Partnership for Patients Advisory Committee for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. In addition, he serves as a member of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission Board of Directors. Past experiences also include serving as executive medical director for Altru Health System in North Dakota, as well as president of the North Dakota Medical Association.
Thompson will assume his duties as EMHS chief medical officer on May 5.
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