Dr. John Vazquez (Emory Division of Hospital Medicine) has been named Medical Director for System Transfer Service & Patient Flow for Emory Healthcare, effective the first of this year. With our focus on collaborating with other systems, such as our partnership with Stratus, and growing our network, timely, smooth access into our hospitals is essential. In this role, John will oversee the medical coordination of patient transfers into the Emory system and within our hospitals. In particular, John will focus on the following areas:
- Support of operational success, system integration and overall growth of acute care access improvement
- Partnering with hospitals to improve patient flow
- Oversight of difficult cases and patient transfer quality
- Development of protocols and standard practices
- Maintaining compliance with applicable state and federal regulations
John will report to the Emory Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Bill Bornstein, working closely with the operating unit leadership and CMOs to address any medical staff-related matters. John’s primary office will be at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital where the transfer service is located.
John joined Emory in 2007 in the Division of Hospital Medicine, currently focusing his clinical time at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and competed both his residency and internship at Emory University Hospital.
Please join us in congratulating John on his new role. We look forward to collaborating with him in this expanded capacity and the work he and the Access & Transfer team will accomplish to provide greater access to our patients.
We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Bryce Gartland, CEO of EUH, EUOSH, and EWWH. For the past five years, Bryce has shouldered the responsibility of Medical Director for System Transfer Service & Patient Flow, in addition to his executive role. Bryce’s commitment to this role provided us with the necessary time to determine the best structure and candidate for this critical position. Our sincerest thanks to Bryce for admirably performing this additional responsibility.