We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thao Tran will join PNS as Chief Quality Officer, effective June 4, 2018. In this new role, Dr. Tran will be charged with implementing a Performance Improvement Program that will include UM and QI, and to help us prepare for a successful NCQA re-certification. As our company’s clinical and operational quality expert, Dr. Tran will work closely with the leadership team, compliance, and our network medical directors on performance improvement strategies to elevate PNS to a national level.
Dr. Tran earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, and also holds a Medical Degree from University of Minnesota as well as a Master of Public Health and Healthcare Policy from Loyola University. She has practiced medicine in an academic setting for over 15 years and has assisted both higher education institutions and healthcare entities with federal and state regulatory compliance, legal issues, revenue cycle management, patient safety and quality outcomes.
Dr. Tran’s vast knowledge of healthcare, operational expertise and innovate approach have been instrumental in establishing various successful programs. During her tenure as Section Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Methodist Hospital she established the academic department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Weils Cornell Medical College. She also established a comprehensive spine center where she integrated rehabilitation, orthopedic, and neurosurgery service lines to provide comprehensive and holistic care that resulted in improved patient outcomes.
While at Memorial Hermann Hospital, in Houston, Texas, Dr. Tran served as the Medical Director for the Rehabilitation Unit within the Level I trauma hospital. In this role, she innovatively incorporated comprehensive rehabilitation services into acute care programs and clinical pathway that effectively transition patient through the continuum of post-acute care with quality patient outcomes and effectively reduced overall costs.
Dr. Tran is passionate about providing integrated patient-centered care. As Medical Director for the Baptist Center for Spine Care at Baptist Hospital of Miami, she provided leadership to develop a multidisciplinary spine clinic. Dr. Tran developed a clinical pathway for spine care and established clinical measurements and implemented nationally recognized best practices for benchmarking.
Currently, Dr. Tran serves as Board Chair for Health Foundation of Florida as well as Chief Medical Officer for Yiling US.
Dr. Tran brings over 20 years of domestic and international healthcare experience that includes both a clinical and business focus. As we position the Company to innovate and grow in the future, Dr. Tran’s wealth of experience and fresh perspective makes her an extremely valuable addition to the PNS team.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Tran to PNS and wishing her much success.by Daniel Owens on June 5, 2018