SCHA Announces New Board Chair

Dr. Patrick Cawley, CEO of MUSC Health, will be the first physician executive to chair the board

SCHA is proud to announce our new Board Chair is Dr. Patrick Cawley, Chief Executive Officer of Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health and Vice President for Health Affairs of the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Cawley will be the first physician executive to serve as Board Chair in the Association’s history and will bring a fresh, valuable perspective to our leadership thanks to his extensive medical background. He’s previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of MUSC Medical Center, a position which included overseeing the quality and safety of all patient care programs as well as direct oversight of clinical service lines. He also led MUSC’s improvement transformation in quality and patient safety, which was recognized by the University HealthSystem Consortium in 2007 and 2012 by awarding the coveted Rising Star honor to MUSC.

This kind of experience can only sharpen SCHA’s commitment to delivering more highly reliable care, something which is all the more critical as clinical outcomes becoming increasingly tied to reimbursements. We look forward to Dr. Cawley’s leadership as we move to expand our Zero Harm Awards program and broaden our focus to developing healthier communities in South Carolina.

At the same time, Dr. Cawley also brings strong business credentials to the position. In addition to a medical degree from Georgetown University and an internal medicine residency at Duke University, he also has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a certified physician executive through the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As a doctor with a strong administrative background, he’s an ideal candidate to steer the future of the healthcare workforce in South Carolina at a time of uncertainty. He also well understands the issues facing healthcare workers every day, from physician burnout to violence in the workplace.

SCHA looks forward to having Dr. Cawley at the helm as we tackle our 2018 legislative agenda, and roll out new initiatives like the “Path to Provide” scholarship program in conjunction with South Carolina’s technical colleges.  We will also build on our Zero Harm program with a focus on creating highly reliable systems of care, among other initiatives. All of which we couldn’t do without leaders like Dr. Cawley and all of the dedicated healthcare workers in South Carolina hospitals.