Calvert Health System (CHS), which includes Calvert Memorial Hospital and its subsidiaries, has named seasoned healthcare executive Dean Teague, FACHE, as its incoming president and chief executive officer effective March 1. Teague, who has been serving as chief operating officer at the hospital since June of 2012, will assume his new role after James J. Xinis retires on Feb. 28.
“I am privileged and honored to accept this new role,” said Teague. “My goal is to continue to ensure the best possible health care for our community. I am committed to maintaining the high standards of quality and patient safety that Calvert Memorial Hospital is known for.” In 2014, the hospital made headline news for its Consumer Reports ranking for patient safety and was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on national quality measures for patients experiencing heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgery.
He went on to add, “I want people to know that we truly care about their health and well-being. We are part of the fabric of this community and we are invested in helping our local residents stay healthy.”
The largest private employer in Calvert County, CHS has more than 1,200 employees and reported over $142 million in net operating revenue last year. Subsidiaries and affiliates include an employed physician network, urgent care centers, a diagnostic imaging facility, a home health care agency and centers for radiation and physical therapy.
Teague’s appointment was announced Sept. 18 to CHS employees and medical staff by Kevin Nietmann, chairman of the board of directors. “Dean offers impressive operational and management experience and an energizing vision for the future,” Nietmann said. “We believe his enthusiasm, proven ability as a leader and team builder coupled with his dedication to quality care and customer satisfaction will be welcomed by our employees and the people of Southern Maryland.”
Teague’s selection follows a comprehensive search process that included members of the CHS executive management team, medical staff and board of directors. For the past two years, he has been responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the hospital and overseeing key service lines including cardiopulmonary, emergency services, oncology and diagnostic imaging among others.
“Dean exhibits a lot of great qualities as a leader,” said Heather Wright, a department director who has reported to Teague since 2012. “He is honest, passionate about health care and is a good listener but above all he has faith in the leaders who work alongside him. Together, we are working toward the common goal of doing what is best for the community, our patients and our staff.”
Internal medicine physician Dr. Gyan Surana, who participated on the board’s selection committee added, “Over the past two years, I have found him very personable, kind and gentle in his approach but very firm in getting results.”
As part of the leadership transition plan, Teague has worked side-by-side with Xinis, who has served as president and CEO since 1987. “I am pleased that Dean has accepted the role of President and CEO and am confident that the Calvert Health System has a bright future ahead.”
During his tenure as COO, Teague led the design and opening of the Prince Frederick Urgent Care, collaborated with the emergency department team to improve employee and patient satisfaction (in the most recent quarter, the ER reported scores in the top quartile of a national benchmarking database), and implemented new vehicles for soliciting feedback from patients and families, including inviting a random selection of recently treated patients to dinner with executive team leaders on a quarterly basis to share ideas.
Before joining CMH, Teague served as vice president of operations for six years at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD.
In 2006, he retired from the US Navy after 24 years of active duty. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, he was the senior administrator for three years of the White House Medical Unit, which provides health care for the President, Vice President and the cabinet members.
He has a master’s in healthcare administration and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Teague and his wife, Pam, have been married for 29 years and have a daughter, Kaitlyn, who is a senior at the University of Maryland in College Park.
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