WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Lydia Newman, MPP, has been named executive director of clinical integration and will manage Physician Quality Partners (PQP), the NHRMC Accountable Care Organization.
Newman has extensive public health experience, including her most recent role as executive director of Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear (CCLCF). She led the non-profit organization from its inception in 2003 to its role today as a network that engages hundreds of physicians, hospitals, departments of social services and health departments to serve more than 97,000 participants in a six-county region.
“Lydia has unrivaled experience with governmental health policy and day-to-day care delivery with Community Care,” said Sam Spicer, MD, vice president of medical affairs at NHRMC. “She started and led the maturation of an organization that has been recognized as a leader in care management and coordination.”
Before managing CCLCF, Newman was a senior policy analyst for the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., and served as a senior policy advisor for Govs. Mike Easley and Jim Hunt.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in Durham.
Newman will be a leader in helping NHRMC’s PQP grow and manage its base of beneficiaries, working with such entities as Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield to deliver patients the right amount of care at the right cost. As an ACO, PQP is rewarded for delivering quality and comprehensive care while managing costs.
“With Lydia on board, we have an expert on this whole process,” Dr. Spicer said. “She will help us realize efficiencies as we continue to provide the best possible care to our patients.”