Adventist Midwest Health has named Dr. George Mayzell the Adventist Midwest Health senior chief medical officer and chief clinical integration officer.
Mayzell, 56, joins Adventist this month at the regional offices on the Hinsdale campus.
He first entered medicine, he said, because he enjoyed the detective aspect of the work.
"Trying to figure out what's wrong and trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together," Mayzell said. "You're constantly trying to figure things out."
Mayzell also enjoys the clinical integration piece of medicine, and Adventist Midwest Health was one of the few health systems he saw that recognized the importance of merging the medical officer and clinical integration roles.
"As I talked to the people at Adventist Midwest Health, I realized they were committed to change and adopting new health care delivery models that are going to be critical in health care as we face challenging economic times," Mayzell said.
Mayzell joins Adventist from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where he served as CEO of Health Choice, a physician-hospital organization, as well as senior vice president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a 1,700-bed integrated health system in Memphis.
"Dr. Mayzell will play a key role in reducing the variation in care, improving quality core measures performance and improving overall clinical excellence," AMH President and CEO David L. Crane said.
Adventist Midwest Health is well-positioned to deal with coming health care changes, Crane said. But Mayzell will bring needed knowledge in risk contracting and physician partnering.
Mayzell said his first order of business is to get to know Adventist Midwest Health's medical provider community.
"One of the first things I want to do is sit down and talk with the physicians, to get their comfort level with what is happening and what needs to happen," Mayzell said.
Previously, Mayzell served as senior medical director of managed care for University of Florida and Shands Hospital. He spent more than 10 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, working as regional medical director for care and quality and corporate managing medical director for pharmacy and care. Prior to that, he has more than 10 years of practice experience.
Mayzell has co-authored the books "Leveraging Lean in Healthcare" and "Physician Alignment: Constructing Viable Roadmaps for the Future."
Mayzell and his wife have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.