Top 25 Emerging Leaders
Tiffany Berry, 40
Vice president and chief medical officer, Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance
At 9 years old, Tiffany Berry decided to be a doctor. Many years later, she decided that she needed to fix the ailing healthcare system, not just patients.
"After I went into healthcare, I found all the ways it is broken. I felt really compelled to work on fixing things," she said.
In which TV medical drama would you star? I live my own medical drama every day, but if I have to choose, "House"
What musician do you dream of performing at your next birthday celebration? Chris Stapleton
What superhero are you? Wonder Woman
With Berry as chief medical officer, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance has achieved major milestones: 20,000 hypertension patients with blood pressure under control; 16,000 patients receiving chronic care management services; $78 million in medical cost savings over six years. The accountable care organization affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.
"If you're a low-income patient, the working poor, or even one with lots of resources, it's still very difficult to figure out how to use our healthcare system in an efficient manner," she said.
Berry oversees 13 payer contracts, in addition to aligning and consolidating measures. She makes it a goal to improve the quality of care for all patients by holding providers accountable.
Throughout her career, Berry keeps advice from an early mentor in mind: "Every single thing that your pen writes has a lot of dollars associated with it." She credits this with how she helps keep costs low.
"I needed to understand that the dollars I was spending really belonged to other people," she said.