January 22, 2014
VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Health Care District welcomes its first chief medical and quality officer to the area. James Paskert, MD, filled the new district position in January.
Dr. Paskert comes to Kaweah Delta having most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for the Mountain States Health Alliance. He has also served as the Quality Assurance Chief at Franklin Square Hospital in Rosedale, Maryland, and as Vice President of Medical Affairs at City Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He holds a doctorate of medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. During the clinical phase of his career, Dr. Paskert served as a plastic surgeon for many years, having completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
“We’re excited to have Dr. Paskert here with us. He will play an integral part in helping us pursue our objective of becoming one of the state’s and this nation’s premier providers of high-quality healthcare services,” said Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
As chief medical and quality officer, Dr. Paskert will also support Kaweah Delta’s Graduate Medical Education Program and the physicians who practice at Kaweah Delta. Dr. Paskert will also be responsible for the selection of a physician to fill the new role of Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety. This physician will work under the direction of Dr. Paskert and together they will support clinical quality and patient safety initiatives.
Dr. Paskert’s goals for the district are clear – he aims to improve the experience of patients at Kaweah Delta and the quality of services they are provided during their stay. “Our patients are our most important stakeholders. We need to provide them with good results, good processes and good experiences,” he said. “We don’t want to satisfy their patient needs, we want to make them feel as if they don’t have any.”
Dr. Paskert said he will also work to fill gaps in services, so that whatever healthcare need a person has, they have the choice to be cared for close to home.
“There are already a lot of pieces in place for Kaweah Delta to become a first-rate organization, but there are some gaps in services and we want to fill those,” he said. “This community deserves to be cared for here.”