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July 2006 - Volume 3 - Issue 1

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Feldman Relishes Community Focus

Mitch Feldman was only recently named market vice president for Tenetís Palm Beach Health Network, but heís hit the ground running with a goal to share his knowledge in a more interactive way as coach, mentor, sounding board and facilitator of resources across the six general hospitals and one rehabilitation hospital in this corporate region. Reynold J. Jennings, Tenetís chief operating officer, charged Feldman with providing locally focused supervision geared toward the highest levels of quality, efficiency, productivity and reaction to local community needs. He cites Feldmanís ten-year tenure as CEO of Tenetís Delray Medical Center and Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital as testimony to his capabilities.

A veteran hospital manager, Feldman sees Tenetís management concentration on smaller geographic areas as an opportunity to immediately help hospitals in his region to execute their current strategic objectives, and provide input and establish time horizons for the development of future services.

"My role is to maximize the intellectual capacity of all the hospitals to establish and maintain a leadership position in our market," he said. "That may range from my involvement in sorting through complexities of the marketplace; or a planning exercise to identify and prioritize goals; to creatively stimulating the spirit or advocating for the resources to make things happen," he explained.

In order to set the rhythm for his new position, Feldman has been making frequent site visits to the various facilities to keep a clear view of where his efforts are best focused. During his years as CEO of Delray Medical Center, he expanded the hospital from 211 to 403-beds, forever changing its image from a small community hospital to a major medical center that has been nationally recognized year after year for health care excellence. This includes recognition by U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades and Solucient. He also currently serves as vice chairman of the Emergency Department Management Group, which is seeking solutions for improvements in emergency care access in the county.

"My management experience is based on a philosophy of establishing a relationship of trust among my colleagues, management and physician staffs. From that plateau, we can make decisions based on established benchmarks and apply metrics to assess our position; then, we can follow process and performance improvement directives borrowed from other industries that lead to continuous quality improvements. Simply put, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a talented staff in quality institutions and I pledge to provide the impetus and advocacy to enable them to do what they do best," he summarized.

No doubt, Feldman has learned over his 28 years of health care experience to keep abreast of the latest developments in the health care environment, noting how quickly new trends become mainstream. For example, he comments on the integration of the current consumer driven health care movement with the explosion of information technology.

According to Feldman, "there is a flood of health information available today for consumers; and, as providers of health care, hospitals can use information systems to help consumers decipher information that guides their decision making. We currently utilize websites as a tool to help portray the range of services, physicians, employment opportunities and educational events as we strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Additionally, we need to be vigilant in providing speedy and accurate electronic patient data, whether itís for clinician use at the bedside or in an outpatient setting or for the consumer. All of these things will help to improve healthcare as we move into the future"

In addition to his hospital and community responsibilities, Feldman fills up his dance card with family activities. He is a participative parent involved in his childrenís athletic and school activities and enjoys time with his extended family living in the area. He also acknowledges a penchant for local and national travel whenever time permits. Finally, he tries to take advantage of good weather on the golf course for relaxation.

Tenet is the largest provider of hospital services in Palm Beach County, providing close to 1,700 in-patient beds staffed by more than 2,200 affiliated physicians and 5,300 employees. Tenetís Palm Beach Health Network includes: Northridge Medical Center in Broward County and West Boca Medical Center, Delray Medical Center, Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, and St Maryís Medical Center.

Feldman is a native of New York City where he received a BA in political science from Queens College and an MBA with an emphasis in health care management from Wagner College. His career has landed him in California, Texas and finally Florida. He can be reached at (561) 498-4440 . For more information visit www.tenethealth.com.

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