Dr. Clay Dunagan has been named senior VP and chief clinical officer for St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare.
Dunagan, 59, began his new role earlier this month. He will continue to serve as quality VP and leader of the system's Center for Clinical Excellence, positions he has held for the past 20 years.
As head of the Center for Clinical Excellence, Dunagan has led the development of scorecards and other metrics to help providers improve quality and reduce measured adverse events.
In his new role, Dunagan will work with Washington University physicians and all BJC-affiliated doctors to develop more comprehensive, evidence-based approaches to care, the system said. This will include the use of technology to support care, the development of integrated and coordinated care to support population health and the establishment of accountability measures at the physician, hospital and system levels.
After graduating from the nearby Washington University School of Medicine, Dunagan has spent his entire career at the St. Louis school and BJC, including his internship, residency and fellowship in infectious diseases, all at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He's now a professor at the school, and participates in research on healthcare epidemiology, quality improvement and the use of technology to improve quality and safety.
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