April 9, 2015
For Immediate Release
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IHA names Chief Quality Officer
ANN ARBOR, MI – (April 9, 2015) – IHA is pleased to announce that Martha Walsh, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician and gynecologist with IHA since 2007, has been selected as IHA’s Chief Quality Officer (CQO). Dr. Walsh will assume her new role effective July 1, 2015.
Dr. Walsh received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Political Science from Albion College. She later earned a medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Following her medical training, Dr. Walsh worked as an attending physician in a private practice in the mid-Michigan area before joining IHA as an attending physician in Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2007, where she practices in both their Ann Arbor and Brighton locations. In 2013, Dr. Walsh was named Associate Division Head for Clinical Quality Improvement, and has participated in numerous clinical quality improvement initiatives and was instrumental in the creation of the OB/GYN Shared Call program and the formation of IHA’s Certified Nurse Midwife practice.
“Dr. Walsh has been a valuable and well-respected member of the Clinical Quality Improvement and the Evidence-Based Medicine committees for the past two years. Her contributions were instrumental to the successful completion of several initiatives,” notes Richard Duffy, Vice President for Quality and Performance Improvement. “Dr. Walsh is a strong advocate for improving quality while simultaneously improving the patient experience of care.”
In her new IHA wide role, Dr. Walsh will work with IHA’s Quality and Performance Improvement Department to develop and implement a comprehensive quality improvement and patient safety program. She will also focus on working collaboratively both within and across IHA’s primary care and specialty divisions, as well as with other health care organizations with whom we share responsibility for patient populations.
“Dr. Walsh is an outstanding physician and will immediately impact IHA’s Quality and Performance Improvement team,” notes Mary Durfee, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for IHA. “Her enthusiasm for working with our primary and specialty care divisions will ensure that IHA has a strong, innovative and effective clinical quality program.”
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IHA is one of the best and largest multi-specialty groups in Michigan. IHA employs more than 1,600 staff members, which includes 450 providers consisting of: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives across 55 practices in southeast Michigan. IHA provides high-quality medical care and excellent service to more than 355,000 active patients. Recognized as one of Michigan’s top performing medical groups, IHA also ranks in the top quartile for patient satisfaction nationally. Offering extended office hours, Urgent Care, and access to clinical research studies, IHA demonstrates that it cares by bringing safe, high-quality, comprehensive and affordable care to its patients. For more information about IHA, visit www.ihacares.com.