CLEVELAND – The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) today welcomed Adnan Tahir, M.D. as vice president of the primary care institute. Dr. Tahir comes from the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) in Lebanon, where he has served as hospital director & chief medical officer since 2010.
During his tenure at AUBMC, he played a key role in the implementation of the AUBMC 2020 Vision – a strategic plan that consists of major new medical (clinical and academic) facilities, the establishment of clinical and research centers of excellence, investment in state-of-the-art equipment, recruitment of talented physicians and nurses, and regional and international partnerships.
In his SCHS role, Dr. Tahir will build strategic collaborations with primary care physicians and support efforts to develop and promote population driven models of care. His focus will be on developing collaborations with adult family and internal medicine primary care. He will also help support the system’s goal for advancing physician engagement, especially with independents, and enhancing the integration of care. In this regard, Dr. Tahir will work with physicians to focus on the social determinants of health moving forward to support overall health and wellness. He will also be responsible for integrating primary care and behavioral with addiction medicine to strengthen Behavioral Health Care Coordination and enhance our opportunities in value based payments across the Health System.
“We are excited to work with Dr. Tahir to achieve easier access and improved continuity of care for our patients in Cleveland,” said Thomas J. Strauss, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “Dr. Tahir brings both expertise and passion to this and other system-wide initiatives. He is well known to our St. Vincent Charity caregivers and community, and we welcome him back.”
Dr. Tahir’s goal is to continue to develop models of care that foster the most positive outcomes and the highest levels of patient satisfaction, as well as operational efficiency.
“Our focus will be the patient, our approach will rely on evidence-based practices and treatments, and we will deliver our care with compassion and respect. Primary care physicians are vital in achieving more personalized patient experiences. This will improve outcomes and it will provide patients with better access to care,” said Dr. Tahir. “I look forward to supporting the growing physician community at St. Vincent and across the health system. I would like our physicians to become engaged in all of the mission-driven services that are integral every day to meeting the health care needs of the communities we serve.”
Dr. Tahir attended the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1980 to study Biochemistry, before taking on his M.D. in 1984 at the AUB. He later attended Baldwin-Wallace College in 2006 to acquire his MBA. He began his employment in 1990 at the Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Southern West Virginia Clinic. In 2009, Dr. Tahir was appointed chief medical officer for the Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, where he served beginning in 1992. Throughout that time, Dr. Tahir worked with medical staff to establish and maintain a high level of quality care and patient safety. In that capacity, he also served as chief medical officer of the SCHS Quality Committee of the Board of Directors.
About Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine is a congregation of women religious that, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry.
The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns two Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. The health system also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland, Canton and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty. Outreach organizations include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children. The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio.
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