Daugird new COO of UNC P&A

Al Daugird, MD, MBA, will become the Chief Operating Officer of UNC Physicians & Associates effective Oct. 1. Please read the following announcement from Dr. Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD.

From Dr. Marschall S. Runge

I am delighted to announce that Al Daugird, MD, MBA, will become the Chief Operating Officer of UNC Physicians & Associates effective Oct. 1. I would like to thank the many of you who provided recommendations and have helped in this process. Al's selection was the result of a national search, review of applications from forty highly qualified candidates and interviews with leaders in the UNC Health Care System as well as several members of the UNC Health Care System Board of Directors.

For those of you who have worked with Al, his selection is likely no surprise. Al graduated from the UNC School of Medicine and returned as a faculty member over thirteen years ago. As a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, Al assumed increasing administrative responsibilities, while continuing to be active in patient care, teaching and research in the Department of Family Medicine. He has served as Co-Director of the Family Practice Center, Director of Quality Improvement, Director of Clinical Services, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. In 2004, Al was selected for the system-wide position of Medical Director and Vice President Ambulatory Care. In this role he has provided clinical leadership of all UNC campus clinics, and worked on policy development and implementation as well as continuing his focus on quality improvement activities. He has also provided important leadership in the Office of Revenue Cycle Management, overseeing with Chris Ellington the business functions for this area, since Keith Gran left in July.

As you all know, the position as Chief Operating Officer position at P&A is an extremely important role for P&A, UNC Hospitals and our health care system. Success will require a broad range of skills and experience in both medicine and business. Al's proven leadership across the entire health care system, including our community-based clinics, is especially valued in terms of our strategic goals and the future we would like to see for the health care system. He has been a key driver of innovation in our practice to improve clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and efficiency in clinic settings and beyond. A key part of our success is working with all of the clinical departments in both P&A and UNC Hospitals. Al will soon be visiting with many of you as we move forward in these challenging times.

Please join me in welcoming Al to his new role as COO of UNC Physicians & Associates.

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