By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Carol Lewis, who has spent 15 years at the Quincy Medical Group in a variety of capacities, has been named chief operations officer.
Lewis will handle day-to-day operations for QMG. Chief Executive Officer Aric Sharp in January accepted a position as vice president of network development at Iowa Health System in Des Moines. He retains the title of CEO with QMG, but on a more limited basis.
In a related move, Patricia Williamson has been promoted to chief financial officer from executive director of finance.
"It was a natural transition of some duties," Lewis said. "We are nimble enough to keep moving. QMG has 75 years of history. (QMG) is both historical and forward thinking, and that, for me, is important."
Lewis, who received a Bachelor of Science degree from Quincy University, most recently served at QMG's executive director of operations in the business development department. She previously has spearheaded the development of several departments and programs, including corporate wellness, the sleep center, the HMR program, behavioral health and diabetes self-management training.
In November, Lewis helped facilitate the new patient portal, which allows QMG patients to access their records online.
As COO, Lewis's duties will be expanded to include working with ancillary services, business development, clinical services, customer service, facilities and grounds, oncology services and QMG's rural health affiliates.
"It's clear that we're well positioned to addressed health care in the future," Lewis said. "We're in a good spot to meet the needs of the region."
Lewis anticipates QMG will continue pushing toward patient wellness and preventative care so it can meet the changing needs of the community.
"It's (about) keeping people healthier early on and doing so through wellness," she said. "It's definitely exciting… Someone's new job may not even exist yet today."
As executive director of finance, Williamson focused on QMG's daily accounting operations of the organization. She now will guide QMG's corporate financial strategy.
Williamson said she worked closely with Sharp and QMG's Board of Directors in developing and implementing long-term strategy, and that will be her primary focus.
"This is both an exciting and challenging time in health care due to the amount of change the industry is experiencing," Williamson said in an email to the Herald-Whig. "I'm looking forward to helping QMG navigate through these changes while continuing to focus on quality and service excellence and reducing the overall cost of care."
QMG and Iowa Health System finalized an agreement last June to affiliate, a relationship designed to enhance both organizations' capabilities to coordinate "physician-driven, patient-centered health care" and improve efficiencies.
As part of the affiliation, QMG joined IHS's accountable care organization but still remains an independent entity at the local level.
QMG is a physician-owned clinic with a staff of more than 600.