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WakeMed News Releases

March 24, 2015
Socius Health Solutions innovates health care delivery to improve quality, deliver best value

North Carolina (March 24, 2015) – Six months ago, three of North Carolina’s leading health systems announced plans to create a new company, owned by all three organizations, with the goal of working together to improve quality and affordability for patients across the state. Today, Vidant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and WakeMed Health & Hospitals continue to forge ahead with the innovative, value-based business model, naming the shared services company as well as its president, Mark W. Tribbett.

True to its core Latin meaning – sharing, associated, allied – the word socius reflects the individual health care systems’ similar missions, visions, values and strategic focus. A fitting name for the company, Socius Health Solutions brings together the collective talents and best practices of three like-minded organizations while retaining independent structure, governance and local identity. The shared services approach leverages each of the systems’ areas of expertise, both clinically and operationally.

With a mission to enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care to patients and consumers, Socius Health will support health care reform initiatives - including Accountable Care Organization development and implementation as well as care coordination for population health - and create business and clinical efficiencies. The company will also assist in meeting the challenges posed by reduced reimbursement rates as well as technological changes while keeping patient-centered care at the forefront.

“Socius Health fits perfectly with our mission and goals of seeking preferred partners to deliver an exceptional level of health care service by sharing our strengths and resources,” said Donald Gintzig, WakeMed president and CEO as well as chair, Socius Health Board of Directors. “Our organizations want to deliver the best care and value to our state’s citizens.”

The company will be based out of Raleigh, N.C., centrally located between the three organizations. The next steps for Socius Health are to refine areas of focus as well as initiatives and methods of tracking. Supply chain management, select IT infrastructure and clinical protocols are among the opportunities available for its member institutions.

“We will be building on the work of clinical teams from last fall to codify best practices and spread them throughout our health systems,” commented Dr. John McConnell, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Some of the benefit from this work will come from identifying select specialty patients with the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the specialty across the three systems. This clinical work will benefit patients in today’s health care environment as well as prepare the health systems for population health.”

At the helm of the new company is Mark W. Tribbett, FACHE, who brings with him more than 30 years of health care management with extensive experience as a hospital administrator and consultant. As president of Socius Health, Tribbett will lead efforts to transform health care models and support infrastructure that improve quality, reduce costs and best meet the needs of diverse patient populations.

“We believe Mark is the right leader, with the right credentials and a proven track record to help improve all of our health systems’ efficiencies and value in order to invest more in the care of our patients,” added Janet Mullaney, interim CEO of Vidant Health.

Prior to joining Socius Health, Tribbett established AlphaHealth, LLC, a health care innovations firm focused on strategic planning and the development of health care enterprises. As founder and president of AlphaHealth, he steered more than 100 major projects for 50+ health care organizations including strategic, facility and operations improvement plans. He also developed new hospital models and provided executive operations leadership in this role.

Additionally, Tribbett served in leadership positions within hospital and health care systems for 17 years. His career path includes a 10-year tenure with Novant Health and Presbyterian Healthcare System as executive vice president for the Charlotte region. He led hospital operations, the development of Presbyterian Matthews Hospital – a national leader in the patient-centered care model – and oversaw outpatient centers and physician practices.

Tribbett earned a master’s degree in health care administration from Duke University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on marketing management from Virginia Tech.

Socius Health Solutions operates as a separate limited liability company with a board comprised of representatives from all three health systems.

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Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,439-bed health system that serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, 70 physician practices, home health, hospice, wellness centers and other health care services and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Vidant Health entities have received a series of top health care awards including the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award, Magnet Designation, Most Wired and the McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health strives to support local medical communities and to work with providers throughout the region to deliver quality care. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a nationally recognized academic medical center in Winston-Salem, N.C., with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Its divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system with close to 175 locations, 13,500 employees, 900 physicians and 1,000 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, an established leader in medical education and research; and Wake Forest Innovations, which promotes the commercialization of research discoveries and operates Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban research and business park specializing in biotechnology, materials science and information technology. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are annually ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all. The 896-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. WakeMed’s team of more than 8,200 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and the more than 255 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.


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