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Dr. Andrew Agwunobi
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Dr. Andrew Agwunobi is a leader of Berkeley Research Group’s Hospital Performance Improvement practice. Before joining BRG, Dr. Agwunobi served as chief executive of Providence Healthcare, a five-hospital region of Providence Health & Services in Spokane, Washington. He previously held the positions of president and chief executive officer of Grady Health System in Atlanta; president and CEO of Tenet South Fulton Hospital in East Point, Georgia; chief operating officer of 14-hospital St. Joseph Health System in California; and secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Dr. Agwunobi has also served as chief of the Main Pediatric Urgent-Care Department for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.

A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Agwunobi received a master of business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2003, Tenet Healthcare awarded Dr. Agwunobi its CEO Circle of Excellence award. In 2005, Dr. Agwunobi was named one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine. In 2007, Dr. Agwunobi was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Physician Executives" by Modern Healthcare magazine.

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The Phoenix VA Health Care System: Five Tips for Solving the Seemingly Unsolvable

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:17 PM

I would summarize the almost 12,000-word VA Office of Inspector General's interim report as: "Faced with the seemingly unsolvable problem of thousands more patients than primary care appointments, demoralized employees gave up trying, and bad employees fudged facts. The heartbreaking result was that veterans on the electronic wait...

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Pay, But Negotiate

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 8:40 AM

If you are the uninsured person in Virginia who, between 2005 and 2009, paid $20,615 out of pocket for a hysterectomy, please call me. I would like to salute you for paying your medical bills, but mostly I would like to shake you for not negotiating a lower payment.

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The Patient's Role in Hospital Safety

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:08 AM

Most hospitals are working hard to create a "safety culture" (a term coined by the nuclear industry after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986) to attain the levels of safety of commercial airlines and nuclear power plants. But patients must also make efforts to protect themselves, for two reasons. First, consistent...

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'Catholic' Hospitals vs. Hospitals: Rediscovering the Difference

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:59 PM

The challenge of the times for Catholic hospitals is not how to improve the value of care, but how to demonstrate the value of the designation "Catholic" in "Catholic hospitals." I know, because I've been privileged to manage Catholic hospitals, serve as a board member for them, and -- as...

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Health Care Reform: A Time for "Long-termism"

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:24 AM

A 2005 survey of 401 chief financial officers revealed that CFOs of publicly traded firms are routinely willing to sacrifice shareholder value to meet earnings per share (EPS) targets and smooth reported earnings. This includes passing on valuable new projects and scrimping on R&D. According to the study,...

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Helping Hospital CEOs Be Hospital Reformers

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The recent news about wide variations in hospital prices underscores that successful healthcare reform requires hospital reform. But hospital CEOs face a difficult enough job as it is, without the added role of reformer. The inherent difficulty of hospital CEOs' jobs is a big part of the reason for the...

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