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BJC Center for Clinical Excellence Leadership

Wm. Claiborne Dunagan, MD, MS, provides leadership for the organization on quality assessment and improvement initiatives. Dr. Dunagan is a senior vice president and the Chief Clinical Officer and leads BJC’s Center for Clinical Excellence, which supports the members of BJC HealthCare in measuring and enhancing the quality of care. More >>
Bruce Hall, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, is Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for BJC HealthCare. Dr. Hall oversees clinical advisory services focusing on identification of high impact clinical quality, coordination, integration, and resource management issues, and efforts to address such issues relevant to priority populations. Dr. Hall is primarily responsible for physician engagement strategies to drive improvements in clinical outcomes, decreases in preventable harm, and improved efficiency of resource utilization. Dr. Hall oversees system efforts to successfully participate in alternative payment and episode payment models. Dr. Hall is also a Professor of Surgery for the Washington University School of Medicine, and adjunct professor at Washington University Olin Business School. More >>
Keith Woeltje, MD, PhD, is Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for BJC HealthCare. Dr. Woeltje directs the Healthcare Informatics group within the Center for Clinical Excellence. In this role he oversees analytics and business intelligence, clinical decision support, clinical quality abstraction and reporting, data governance, clinical information systems, and medical direction of the BJC Epic implementation. More >>
Denise Murphy

Denise Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, CPPS FAPIC, FAAN, is Vice President for Patient Care Systems and Senior Nurse Executive for BJC HealthCare. Ms. Murphy provides leadership support for and alignment with all BJC chief nursing officers, patient safety and risk management professionals, and service excellence program personnel. Ms. Murphy also leads the deployment of standard work and a patient-centered outcomes focus in the areas of nursing practice and documentation, nursing innovations, patient experience, care coordination, and patient safety. More >>

Tom Maddox

Thomas M. Maddox MD, MSc, is the inaugural Executive Director of the Healthcare Innovation Lab at BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also a practicing cardiologist, a professor of medicine (cardiology) at Washington University School of Medicine, and a health services researcher. Dr. Maddox's research interests have focused on health care delivery innovation, learning health care systems, prevention in coronary artery disease, optimal care for cardiac patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, and quality of care for cardiac patients. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, received multiple grants exploring optimal cardiac care and outcomes, and holds national leadership positions in the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. More >>

Eric Warnhoff

Eric Warnhoff, MBA, is the Director of Transformation Support at the Center for Clinical Excellence. Eric has earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Certificate in Business Management from the Darden Graduate School of Business. He earned his MBA from Webster University in 2014. Since his time with BJC, Eric has implemented Lean Daily Management, facilitated RIEs, and participated in Goal Deployment throughout multiple community hospitals in the network. He is the primary instructor for BJC’s Lean Facilitator training program. He was also the project lead on the Lean transformation project in the Core Labs at SLCH.

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