Scripps promotes 6 physicians to lead system's restructuring

San Diego-based Scripps Health promoted one physician leader to the chief operations executive/physician position at each of its five campuses and filled a regional physician leadership role for its southern region as part of its organizational restructuring.

Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder announced the restructuring in December 2017, adopting a regional CEO model where each hospital is led jointly by a chief operations executive/administrator and chief operations executive/physician.

The new chief operations executive/physicians are Dan Dworsky, MD, Scott Eisman, MD, Jon Worsey, MD, Valerie Norton, MD and Juan Tovar, MD. Davis Cracroft, MD, was named vice president of physician network development for the system's south region.

Here are Mr. Van Gorder's descriptions of the system's new leaders included in a memo to all Scripps employees.

1. Dr. Worsey:Currently system medical director of value analysis and system medical director of the surgery care line. He has an active surgical practice at Scripps La Jolla (Calif.) and will partner as an operating dyad with Cindy Steckel, PhD, RN, the current chief operating executive/administrator at Scripps La Jolla.

2. Dr.  Dworsky: Currently vice president at Scripps Clinic and an internist with an active hospitalist practice. He will partner as an operating dyad with Tim Collins, chief operating executive/administrative at La Jolla, Calif.-based Scripps Green Hospital.

3. Dr. Tovar: Currently medical director of quality at San Diego-based Scripps Mercy and an emergency physician at Scripps Chula Vista (Calif.). He will partner as an operating dyad with Deb McQuillen, chief operating executive/administrative-Scripps Mercy Hospital at Scripps Chula Vista.

4. Dr. Eisman: Immediate past chief of staff at Scripps Encinitas (Calif.) and a pulmonary/critical care physician with an active practice at Encinitas. He will partner as an operating dyad with Jan Zachry, BSN, chief operating executive/administrative at Scripps Encinitas.

5. Dr. Norton:Medical director of the Scripps Mercy emergency department, chair of Scripps System Pharmacy and Therapeutics Council, who maintains an active practice in emergency medicine. She will partner as an operating dyad with Deb McQuillen, RN, chief operating executive /administrative at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

6. Dr. Cracroft: Currently senior director of medical affairs at Scripps Mercy Hospital and an emergency physician. He will be promoted to a regional system role as vice president of physician development in the health system's south region. In this role, Dr. Cracroft will work with senior leadership to develop key strategic partnerships with private physicians, aligned medical groups, community partners like Federally Qualified Health Centers and strategic partners like Houston-based MD Anderson.  In addition, he will play a significant role in planning the replacement hospital for Scripps' San Diego campus. Dr. Cracroft brings a wealth of experience and skills to this work, which makes him uniquely qualified for the role.

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