President James Bleicher, M.D., named recipient of American Hospital Association's leadership award
Verde Valley Medical Center - President James Bleicher, M.D., named recipient of American Hospital Association's leadership award
Verde Valley Medical Center
VVMC President James Bleicher, M.D., named recipient of American Hospital Associationâ€™s leadership award
Nov. 19, 2012
Verde Valley Medical Centerâ€™s President and Chief Executive Officer James J. Bleicher, M.D., M.S., recently was named the 2012 winner of the American Hospital Associationâ€™s (AHA) Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award.
The national award recognizes the accomplishments of chief executives and administrators from small hospitals who have achieved improvements in local health delivery and health status through their leadership and direction.
was recognized by the AHA
commitment to quality improvement.
Since joining VVMC
in 2009 as the hospitalâ€™s vice president of Operations and Medical Affairs, VVMCâ€™s
nationally reported Hospital Quality Alliance
(HQA) measures have increased from 65 percent to 92 percent.
Additionally, the hospital has significantly decreased infection rates, reporting zero central-line infections as well as zero ventilator-associated pneumonia during the last four years.
also was selected for the award for his
innovation in building communitywide collaborative relationships, improving and expanding coverage and access to essential healthcare services, implementing patient safety and quality initiatives, and identifying and utilizing new technologies and information systems to improve health outcomes.
has been a driving force in community-focused healthcare services for patients and families.
opened several primary and specialty clinics, renovated and expanded VVMC
campuses, increased services offered and positively impacted the communityâ€™s perception of VVMC.
Under Dr. Bleicherâ€™s guidance, VVMC
was listed as one of the â€œ100 Great Community Hospitalsâ€� in the U.S. by Beckerâ€™s Hospital Review, and the hospital earned several Get With The GuidelinesÂ® awards from the American Heart Association
influence and leadership have changed the culture at VVMC
by implementing a whole-hospital concept that recognizes each employee as a vital member of the organization and healthcare team.
In the past two years, employee engagement has increased from the 18th percentile to the 90th percentile as measured through an annual survey conducted by the Advisory Board.
Because of his
work, Dr. Bleicher
was selected by Professional Research Consultants to speak this year at their national conference on the topic of building a positive hospital culture.
was named VVMC
president and CEO in 2010.
Before becoming president, he was the vice president of Medical Affairs, serving as a liaison between hospital administration and the VVMC medical staff.
In addition to his
administrative roles, he
has many years of clinical experience as a hospitalist and internist.