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RGHS Names New Chief Medical Officer

Physician Connection

Winter 2013


On January 1 Robert Mayo, MD, was named RGHS Chief Medical Officer (CMO), replacing Richard Gangemi, MD, who retired in December 2012. Dr. Mayo joined RGHS in 2002 and has held a variety of leadership roles, including President of the RGH Medical and Dental Staff . Since 2009 he has served as Vice President and Patient Safety Officer for the Institute of Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence.

New Associate CMO roles have also been created. Keith Grams, MD, has been named Associate CMO for Throughput and Patient Flow. Since joining RGHS as Chief of Emergency Medicine in 2009, Dr. Grams has led the RGH Emergency Department to become the region’s highest volume ED, setting impressive benchmarks for timely care and reductions in patients leaving the ED untreated. As Associate CMO, he will collaborate with RGHS physician and nursing leaders to enhance efficiencies and reduce delays that impact patient care, quality and satisfaction. He will continue in his role as Chief of Emergency Medicine.

Balazs Zsenits, MD, is RGHS’s Associate CMO for Utilization Management and Clinical Efficiency. Dr. Zsenits joined RGH in November 2002, and has played a significant role in building the hospitalist program into a major hospital unit. He will work with physicians, nurses and care managers to develop improvements in care processes that reduce cost and increase quality and outcomes. He will continue in his hospitalist leadership role.