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The Department of Medicine – What It Is and What It Does

From psychiatry to pulmonology, Renown Health offers dozens of specialty care services for the communities we serve. And now there is a new department in which they all fall under.

The Department of Medicine encompasses all of Renown’s specialty care providers, excluding pediatric specialties. This includes Cardiology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Intensive Care, Nephrology, Palliative Care, Infectious Disease Control, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiation Oncology, Physiatry and more.

Bethany Sexton, Vice President and Administrator of Department of Medicine, said the purpose of the department is to help guide all the different specialty services toward the same goal in improving population health – the Triple Aim. Improving quality of care, efficient delivery of care and patient experience are all essential in addressing population health for the communities we serve.

It’s the Department of Medicine’s role to strategize on how Renown’s specialty care services affect population health and how its available resources can improve population health for the long term.

“When providers are linked to something bigger than their individual practice, then they’re part of a team,” Sexton said. “Then we can strive toward quality achievements with national standards.”

In grouping the specialty services under the same department, it also standardizes ways that providers and care areas across the network approach day-to-day work. This standardization creates efficiency, which also contributes to the Triple Aim.

Under Sexton and Dr. Christopher Kozlowski, Vice President and Chair of the Department of Medicine, the department is also unique in having a “dyad” leadership model. The dual leadership roles over the department are meant to bring more skill sets to the table.

“It allows us to demonstrate our collaboration,” Sexton said. “No one individual – whether they’re from a clinical or business background – can have the knowledge of how to approach every single situation. This model of leadership enables us to have each other’s backs and to help us learn and grow.”