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St. David’s HealthCare Announces New Chief Medical Officer

St. David's HealthCare August 25, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s HealthCare has appointed Ken Mitchell, M.D., as senior vice president and chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare. In this role, Dr. Mitchell will lead the clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and practice standards across the healthcare system.

“Dr. Mitchell is a highly skilled physician and a proven leader,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “With his clinical expertise, knowledge of our healthcare system, and understanding of our clinical and quality initiatives, he will help ensure the ongoing provision of exceptional care to the patients we are privileged to serve.”

Dr. Mitchell has served as vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for the past 11 years. During that time, he facilitated the analysis of quality performance and prioritization of improvement opportunities, and he provided senior-level leadership to the infection control, risk management, kidney transplant, safety and medical staff credentialing functions of the hospital, ensuring the collaboration and coordination of all stakeholders in these processes. He also played an integral role in the successful launch of St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, St. David’s Children’s Hospital and St. David’s Surgical Hospital.

Dr. Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, and he received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as a member of the Travis County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association.


St. David’s HealthCare

With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.

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