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Physician-driven council setting Legacy’s neurosciences direction

January 2013
By Jeff Chen, M.D.

Jeff Chen, M.D.

This summer, Legacy Health convened the Neurosciences Leadership Council (NLC) as part of the strategic planning process for neurosciences. The NLC brings together physician and administrative representatives of all the major neurosciences entities across Legacy in order to provide strategic direction and coordination to Legacy-wide activities.

The NLC is a forum for physicians to have an active, meaningful voice in Legacy’s future. I have been very encouraged by the vision and participation of my colleagues and their contribution to charting a future course.

The council has met monthly since July and has developed a common vision for the adult neurosciences services. It also has established areas of focus and made recommendations for program investments for the coming year.

The four areas of focus for neurosciences are:

  • Ensuring strong inpatient neurologist coverage system-wide
  • Improving integration of current areas of strength –– specifically stroke, spine and epilepsy
  • Increasing the comprehensiveness of services through growth of sub-specialty clinics and services
  • Developing a plan for marketing, outreach and shared identity/brand for Legacy Neurosciences

I am honored to have been elected the chair of this distinctive group. All of the physicians participate on a completely voluntary basis. In addition to participating in the monthly NLC meetings, members are active in task forces. Some of the initiatives addressed by these small subgroups include spine, concussion and epilepsy programs. This volunteer spirit breeds ingenuity, commitment and engagement.

The NLC will continue to meet regularly and serve as the governing body for Legacy neurosciences system-wide. It will oversee the work of its task forces and advise on policy, practice and performance improvement.

Ultimately, the mandate of the NLC is to provide exemplary and innovative neuroscience care in the Northwest. Careful, thoughtful collaborations between the different neuroscience sub-specialties, research, and Legacy administration is key. Based on the energy and enthusiasm that I’ve seen over the past few months on the council and on the task forces, I’m confident that we will be successful.

If you have any questions about the Neurosciences Leadership Council or our areas of focus, please don’t hesitate to contact me, one of the members of the NLC (listed below) or Barri Stiber, interim director, Legacy Neurosciences Services.

Jeff Chen, M.D.
Chair, Neurosciences Leadership Council

Legacy Neurosciences Leadership Council

Physician members

Jefferson Chen, M.D. (neurosurgery)
William Coit, M.D. (neuroradiology)
Kevin Jamison, M.D. (neurology)
Timothy Keenen, M.D. (orthopedic spine surgery)
H. Alexander Krob, M.D. (neurology)
Todd Kuether, M.D. (neurosurgery)
Jennifer Lawlor, M.D. (physical medicine and rehabilitation)
Hoang Le, M.D. (neurosurgery)
Juliana Lockman, M.D. (neurology)
Elizabeth North, D.O. (neurology)
Michael Pfister, M.D. (interventional radiology)
David Siker, M.D. (interventional radiology)
Francisco Soldevilla, M.D. (neurosurgery)

Administrative members

Tracey Ash, R.N. (Stroke Program Coordinator)
Linda Jones, R.N. (Nurse Executive, Legacy Emanuel)
John Kenagy, PhD (SVP & Chief Information Officer)
Lewis Low, M.D. (SVP & Chief Medical Officer)
Lori Morgan, M.D. (VP & CAO, Legacy Emanuel)
Mitesh Parikh (Director, Strategic Planning & Business Development)
Barri Stiber, PT (Interim Director, Neurosciences Services)
Rhonda Turner, R.N. (Director, Surgical & Interventional Services, Salmon Creek)
P. Ashley Wackym, M.D. (Vice President, Legacy Research Institute)
Karen Waske, R.N. (Chief Nursing Informatics Officer)