The Center for Health Transformation was conceptualized by Reynold Jennings, WellStar Health System’s President and CEO, in 2012 as a means to leverage the collective expertise of various progressive and innovative companies to collaboratively solve the most pressing problems in modern healthcare. Mr. Jennings believed that even with the diverse talent and knowledge base at WellStar Health Systems, that in order to truly investigate real-time solutions and to transform healthcare, required the collective wisdom gained from multiple viewpoints and experiences.
The question became, how does one tap this vast reservoir of knowledge and experience within the confines of a highly competitive and financially challenging environment? The innovative solution he envisioned was the formation of the Center for Health Transformation (CHT). This new organization would be centered on the collaborative efforts of healthcare systems, educational institutions and business organizations that could combine their collective expertise to solve the most vexing problems facing today’s healthcare establishments. CHT would focus on the goal of providing a multivariate approach to solving specific organizational and clinical challenges, which can then be freely adopted by all of its member institutions.
The CHT would focus on issues affecting the quality, cost, access and delivery of healthcare in the constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment, in which multi-hospital healthcare organizations currently operate. In this open and transparent format, these pioneer systems would identify workable innovative solutions that could be duplicated at member hospitals, to improve the quality of care while simultaneously lowering the cost of delivering that care. This combination would benefit all the relevant stakeholders including patients, hospitals, physicians, and nursing and ancillary support staff while improving the financial strength of the participating organizations.
To energize a collaborative network of healthcare systems, educational institutions and business organizations to focus on developing and advancing innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare.
Steven Fraime, BSN, MBA, MHA
Steven Fraime began his career after graduating with a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. He specialized as a corporate accountant in the highly regulated Oil and Gas, Shipping and Import/Export industries while rising to the position of Corporate Controller. In 1996, Steven transitioned into the healthcare industry after completing his Bachelor of Nursing degree at Georgia State University.
Steven spent the next 12 years working in the clinical setting as an Emergency Department RN for both Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and WellStar Paulding Hospital. After being promoted to the Assistant Nurse Manager of Emergency Services in 2010, Steven returned to Georgia State University to earn both his Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees.
Steven joined the Center for Health Transformation in 2013 as the Project Manager and brings to the team a wealth of clinical operations expertise as well as a deep understanding of regulatory and financial issues affecting healthcare entities.
Client Operations Consultant
Samantha Garijanian began her career with WellStar in 2009, shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing, from Kennesaw State University. Her four years with WellStar have been in the Executive Talent Acquisition field, working to attract and obtain top leadership talent.
In her time with WellStar, she became Lean certified and has served as a Team Leader in the WellStar Simulated Work Environment (SWE), since its start up in 2012. The SWE is the only healthcare assembly line, which is a hands-on Lean training lab, developed from the WellStar and GM collaboration. In the SWE lab, Samantha partners with employees across the system in improving change management, practicing the Lean principals, encouraging continuous improvement and communication.
Samantha is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Health Transformation and is committed to its vision of “Better Health, Lower Cost”. She will aid in identifying, developing and sharing innovative solutions, partnering with outside organizations in order to deliver the best quality of healthcare at a lower cost, to better serve our patients and community.
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