McQuaid to Leave Jefferson This Spring
After nearly eight years of executive leadership at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, a Philadelphia landmark, David P. McQuaid, RPh, MBA, FACHE, has decided to step down. McQuaid, who came to Jefferson as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming President and CEO said, "My choice to leave Jefferson was one of the hardest decisions of my professional life."
His leadership was the cornerstone of numerous and significant successes for Jefferson including the coveted Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the University HealthSystem Consortium "Rising Star Award," and recognition from the prestigious Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence, which uses the leading-edge Baldrige criteria in awarding honors. In addition to his clinical, management, and finance background, McQuaid is highly regarded as a patient advocate. "Service Excellence" and "Patient Safety" have been high priorities on his watch.
During his tenure, Jefferson -- for the first time since its founding in 1825 -- made the U.S.News & World Report Honor Roll of the top 17 hospitals in the nation, placing it among the ranks of major national academic medical centers including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins.
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, referred to McQuaid as "a consummate professional and a friend." He said, "The health and strength of the Jefferson hospitals and the Jefferson clinical pillar are largely due to David's leadership and his focus on operational excellence."
According to Klasko, McQuaid made the call to leave "as a result of a change in management control due to our recent merger with Abington Health. David chose to exercise his option to separate from Jefferson pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement."
In his role as Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs and President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc., McQuaid is in charge of Jefferson's combined clinical enterprise, including its hospitals and physician practice plan.
In leadership roles at the Duke University Health System and Durham Regional Hospital (Durham, NC), and the Johns Hopkins Health System (Baltimore) before arriving in Philadelphia in 2007, McQuaid created a record of operational and financial improvement. To hear it from Richard W. Hevner, Chairman of the Jefferson Board of Trustees, McQuaid reinforced that reputation for strong management at Jefferson. "David has been the critical force driving significant improvement in quality metrics, patient safety, and profitability. His comprehensive knowledge of academic medical centers was instrumental in our attaining not only Honor Roll status from U.S.News & World Report, but also a slate of impressive and important industry honors. To say he has left his mark on Jefferson is an understatement."
McQuaid is also active in the Philadelphia community and beyond. He chaired the 2014 Philadelphia Heart Walk of the American Heart Association, serves as a board member of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania, and the University HealthSystem Consortium in Chicago. He is a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives "Regent" Award, for his contributions to the profession and his civic leadership.
McQuaid left open his professional plans going forward. "Working at Jefferson has been a high point of my career. I will always appreciate the people I worked with and the achievements we made. I expect great things from Jefferson!"
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