Samson Jesudass, MD, to Serve as Inaugural Clinical Leader for Texas Clinically Integrated System of Care

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Hello, Texas Ministry Physicians,

It is my pleasure to announce that Samson Jesudass, clinical leader for Ascension Physician Services (APS) and senior vice president, Clinical Holdings, in St. Louis, will return to Austin as chief clinical officer for the Texas Ministry Market effective July 1.

Samson will co-lead formation of the Texas Regional Clinically Integrated System of Care (CISC) with operations leaders Michelle Robertson, RN, MBA, BSN, and Brett Esrock, FACHE, of Seton Healthcare Family and Providence Healthcare Network, respectively. The reporting structure unites administrative leadership with clinical leadership in a dyad to focus on the quality and experience of care and services by using evidence-based best practices to improve the delivery system. Samson was among the Ascension leaders who developed the One Ascension Ministry Operating Model, which facilitates close interdependence and mutual accountability between clinical and operational staff.

For the past two years, Samson has reported through David Pryor, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, Ascension, and chief executive officer of Ascension Clinical Holdings. He helped transition Ascension physician practices and clinics to a single cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) software platform . In this role, Samson also worked in a dyad relationship with the APS administrative leader John Stewart, and with physician leaders across the nation to successfully implement the athenahealth platform and improve practice operations.

The standardized approach to practice management was the highest priority for the clinical integration committee because it was seen as foundational for creating a learning enterprise.  Employed physicians across the country are now able to share data with other physicians. As a result of consolidating the PM platform, Ascension Physician Services outperformed its fiscal year 2015 goals and is on track to realize significant savings in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Today, almost 5,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals work with the athenahealth PM platform, and 2,600 use the EMR. The work is a year ahead of schedule.

Samson also will ensure that our physician strategies align with the efforts of our partners at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas.

As co-lead of the Texas Clinically Integrated System, Samson will pursue collaboration between private practice and employed physicians, as well as other caregivers and administrators. The Clinically Integrated System will serve patients by collecting and sharing data among physicians, hospitals and other participants in the continuum of care, and develop clinical initiatives that improve clinical performance, reduce unnecessary services and support high-cost and high-risk patients.

Reporting into the dyad will be leaders for: adult hospitals; pediatric hospitals; Diagnostics and Therapeutics; Nursing; Medical Staff; Clinical Enterprise; and service lines; as well as dotted-line oversight roles for home care and senior care across the Ministry Market. Samson, Michelle and Brett will announce the specific reporting relationships within their organization in coming days.

Samson has been a member of the Seton Family since 1997, serving in many roles. He was the president and CEO of Seton Clinical Enterprise and Physician Enterprise, and the first physician leader in that role at Seton. He has also served as the medical director and vice president of Medical Affairs at Seton Medical Center Austin; medical director of the Paul Bass Clinics, chief of staff and medical director at Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital in Luling; as well as the leader for the Chronic Care Clinics at Seton. He is a graduate of the Ascension Leadership Academy (same class as Michelle Robertson) and has embodied the Leadership Academy commitment to serve where needed – this time in ministry to help set up the Texas Regional Clinically Integrated System of Care.

Samson completed his residency in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he was chief resident and selected by the medical students as the Best Teaching Resident from the five Texas Tech Medical Schools and residency program campuses. He also holds an MBA from the University Of Texas at Dallas.

Jesus Garza
Texas Ministry Market Leader

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