Meet the New Senior Executive Officer at Southwestern Health Resources

(Courtesy of: Southwestern Health Resources)

Southwestern Health Resources Clinically Integrated Network’s new senior executive officer will be Dr. Andrew Ziskind. The organization serves the healthcare needs of more than 900,000 people across 16 counties in North Texas and includes a 4,000 physician network through its accountable care organization.

Southwestern Health Resources was founded in 2015 as a partnership between UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources and includes 29 hospitals in the region. The network saved $70 million in Medicare spending in 2017, and was the top ranked organization in the country for Medicare savings.

“By focusing on innovative strategies that maximize efficient and effective use of resources, Southwestern Health Resources can drive better quality, value, and clinical outcomes to benefit patients, physicians, and payers. A focus on enhancing the physician-patient relationship serves as our foundation to becoming a national leader in value-based care,” said Ziskind via release.

Ziskind in an who is an internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician, and will be overseeing risk-based contracts, patient-centered care, and the Care N’ Care, which serves more than 13,000 Medicare beneficiaries. He previously served as senior vice president a Premier, a healthcare improvement company, had leadership positions at Huron Consulting Group and Accenture, and was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants by Consulting magazine.

“As a clinician and health care business innovator, Dr. Ziskind combines exceptional expertise and knowledge of opportunities to close gaps in health care that can improve the quality and value for delivering compassionate care to our patients,” said Dr. Daniel Podolsky via release. Podolsky is President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, who co-chairs Southwestern Health Resources with Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources.

“SWHR has already designed proven strategies that reveal substantive advantages, including millions of dollars in savings for Medicare and commercial payers. Dr. Ziskind’s demonstrated leadership in health care change management significantly expands the potential to have an even greater impact, while supporting providers to meet the needs of their patients,” said Berdan via release.