Henry Ford Hospital Physician Among 'Most Influential' in Health Care

April 06, 2015

DETROIT – William Conway, M.D., CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group, has been selected as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Ranked No. 23, this is the third year in a row that Dr. Conway has been selected by the readers and the editors of the magazine.

More than 400 nominations were submitted to the weekly magazine which used specific criteria for judging: executive responsibility, leadership qualities, professional achievement, innovation and community service.

Dr. Conway has been a tireless advocate and leader for improving healthcare quality and safety, and has been recognized for his efforts in Michigan and nationally. He is now applying that same enthusiasm and vigor leading the Henry Ford Medical Group in a series of remarkable performance achievements.

In just two years as executive vice president and CEO of the Medical Group, which comprises more than 1,100 physicians and researchers who staff Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and nearly 30 outpatient medical centers in Detroit and throughout southeast Michigan, the large group practice has:

  • Improved the bottom line by 20 percent
  • Reduced Medicare Advantage cost per member by 10 percent
  • Improved satisfaction with patient appointment access to the 75th percentile
  • Increased by 60,000 same-day appointments
  • Increased research funding by 12 percent
  • Increased the medical group’s performance on a per member/per month cost management to the lowest of all physician networks in Southeast Michigan participating with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

In 2008, Dr. Conway led the launch of Henry Ford’s No Harm Campaign, an initiative designed to eliminate patient harm from the healthcare experience.

As a result of this initiative from April 2008 - December 2013, Henry Ford achieved an overall 33 percent reduction in harm events and 18 percent reduction in mortality across the health system. The campaign remains a top quality and safety initiative today and has served as a model for the CMS national safety initiative.

Examples include:

  • Medication-Related Harm: 45 percent reduction
  • Procedure-Related Harm: 41 percent reduction
  • Patient Falls: 6 percent reduction
  • Pressure Ulcers: 23 percent reduction
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: 14 percent reduction

Dr. Conway is the past chairman of the American Medical Group Association and American Medical Group Foundation, and a founder of the Group Practice Improvement Network.

Dr. Conway joined the Henry Ford Medical Group in 1977 as a senior staff physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Since then, he has served in numerous leadership roles, including chief medical officer for Henry Ford Hospital. He completed a fellowship and his residency, including serving as chief medical resident, at Henry Ford Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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