A commander who brought quality management and managed care to Navy healthcare has been named to lead the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Donald F. Hagen, M.D., now surgeon general of the Navy, will succeed D. Kaye Clawson as executive vice chancellor, reporting to Chancellor Robert Hemenway. He will oversee the University of Kansas medical centers in Kansas City and Wichita.
Vice Admiral Hagen, 57, has a long career in the Navy Medical Corps, including three tours of duty in Vietnam. He served as commander of Bethesda National Naval Medical Center from 1988 to 1991.
At a news conference in Kansas City last week, Hagen said the university's quality, medical education and research missions must be preserved as managed care transforms healthcare.
"We must understand that most of the incentive behind managed care is purely financial," Hagen said. "There is no incentive to focus on patient Executives
care, research and education........But medicine will fail if one part of that triangle fails."
Hemenway said Hagen's experience developing the Navy's managed-care program made him attractive to the university. During his four years as surgeon general, Hagen consolidated and reduced the Navy's 54,000-member medical system.
Hagen will start in his new post Sept. 1. Then he will have to resolve the medical center's troubled heart-transplant pro- gram. The University of Kansas suspended its heart program in early May after it was revealed that doctors had admitted patients for the procedure but then declined to accept available hearts for 10 months (May 15, p. 18). Hagen declined to comment on the controversy, saying investigations are under way.