Kevin Joseph, MD was placed as the chief quality officer for TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio. TriHealth is a full-service, not-for-profit healthcare system that encompasses five hospitals (two of which are acute care), as well as more than 130 sites of care. It is one of the top integrated health systems in greater Cincinnati, employing approximately 600 physicians in a Patient-Centered Medical Home model and serving as a major affiliate of undergraduate medical education for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. TriHealth is the fourth-largest employer in the city, and has been recognized by Becker's Hospital Review as one of its "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" and by the Cincinnati Enquirer as a "Top Workplace." Dr. Joseph's role is a newly created one, responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for quality and safety initiatives and quality operations for all TriHealth continuum sites of care, in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the organization. He is charged with accomplishing this through the development and implementation of key strategic and operational initiatives to facilitate optimal care delivery and quality population health management. Dr. Joseph also provides leadership for the development and implementation of a robust quality improvement and measurement strategy, and serves as a strategic leader in quality, safety, high reliability, and evidence-based practice.
Before joining TriHealth, Dr. Joseph served as senior vice president for inpatient services at UC Health in Cincinnati, where he was responsible for all aspects of the operational performance of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (a 726-bed Level I trauma center and regional referral center), the 243-bed West Chester Hospital, and the 210-bed Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, as well as imaging and laboratory services across the system; his span of responsibility included $1.2 billion in net revenue, 7,000 caregivers, and over 70,000 adjusted admissions. In this role, Dr. Joseph focused on the alignment of all inpatient operations across the system, and on improving the quality, safety, service, and efficiency of care. He created a central headquarters encompassing the call center, transfer center, and transport center; standardized productivity tools and philosophy across all inpatient sites; aligned several support services into a single system structure; expanded the referral and partnership outreach program; restructured the UCMC executive team; and improved patient throughput and progression.
Dr. Joseph has spent his entire career to date with UC Health, having previously served as the president and CEO of West Chester Hospital, as the medical director for emergency medicine at West Chester Hospital, as the director of tactical medicine for the University of Cincinnati's Special Operations team, and as the medical director for the mid-level program. He has served as a clinical educator for the University of Cincinnati since 2002, earning the rank of associate professor of medicine in 2012, and has been an emergency medicine practitioner since 2001.
Dr. Joseph is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He earned three undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University (in biomedical engineering, psychology, and materials science), an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. Dr. Joseph is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has been recognized among Becker's Hospital Review's "Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems" and "25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40 in America," and among Cincinnati Magazine's "Top Doctors."