New Hanover Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Leelee Thames, MD has been hired as Chief Value Officer. Dr. Thames brings experience that will help NHRMC work with insurers and government payors to ensure patients receive the best possible care. Development of a payor strategy that advances care while controlling costs is part of NHRMC’s strategic plan as the system moves to managing the health of the population it serves.
As a physician with experience as chief medical officer and medical director of large healthcare systems and health insurance plans, Dr. Thames has developed healthcare strategies and ensured teams were working together toward high quality, value based care.
Dr. Thames will work closely with government agencies and insurance companies to help patients receive necessary preventative care that can prevent hospitalization. She will also work to make sure discharged patients receive the care they need to prevent readmissions.
“NHRMC is doing our part to ensure every community member in our seven-county region receives the information and resources they need to achieve excellent health,” said. Dr. Philip Brown, Chief Physician Executive. “Dr. Thames will help guide these strategies that will positively impact our residents.”
Dr. Thames, a board-certified anesthesiologist, most recently was national chief medical officer for the health plans of the Steward Health Care Network, which includes 36 hospitals. Dr. Thames’ background also includes working as medical director covering commercial and government populations for a health plan based in Portland, Oregon.
A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Thames earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Baylor University and earned her medical degree at Texas A&M University. She later earned a Physician Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee.