Vanderbilt University Medical Center was named the best hospital in the Metro Nashville area and the state of Tennessee by U.S. News and World Report.
"This acknowledgement from U.S. News and World Report, along with other designations we receive, serves to remind us of the impact we are having on the lives of the patients and families we serve," C. Wright Pinson, CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System and deputy vice chancellor for health affairs, said in a release. "Every day, I am proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty and staff and want to thank you for keeping VUMC No. 1 in Tennessee."
HCA Holdings' Centennial Medical Center was ranked second in the Nashville area and seventh in the state. For the full list, click here.
Vanderbilt Health System CEO Wright Pinson spoke this week to members of the newly merged Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. His talk covered a lot of high-level policy ground and the strategic options for hospital players. He also discussed how the VUMC system plans to tackle the brave new world of health care post reform.
Then he switched gears a bit and filled in the crowd on his team's plans — announced in the fall of 2010 — to consolidate many of its Williamson County providers in one setting on the east side of Interstate 65. This is the first time we've seen the rendering below, which shows the $82 million complex from the east side as it will face Carothers Parkway.
Ben Leedle, president and CEO of Healthways, has been elevated to a two-year term as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council. Leedle succeeds Joey Jacobs, who put in a three-year term at the helm of the trade group. In addition, the following big names have been named new members of the board: BlueCross President and COO Bill Gracey, Vanderbilt Health System Deputy Vice Chancellor Wright Pinson, Saint Thomas Health Services President and CEO Mike Schatzlein and Community Health Systems Chairman, President and CEO Wayne Smith.
Dr. Allen Kaiser has been named chief of staff for the Vanderbilt Health System, where he'll have clinical responsibility across all VUMC's hospitals and clinics.
Kaiser was previously professor and vice chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine, chief of staff for Vanderbilt University Hospital and associate chief medical officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
In his new role, Kaiser will report directly to C. Wright Pinson, deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of Vanderbilt Health System. The Reporter has more.