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St. Joseph's Health Welcomes Dr. Joseph W. Spinale as Chief Medical Officer

Syracuse, NY (September 6, 2017) – St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce Joseph W. Spinale, DO, MBA, has been named Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective September 7. In his role, Dr. Spinale will lead the organization’s effort to ensure that all services provided across the continuum of care are of high quality and value, improve clinician alignment and satisfaction, and lead evidence-based programs, practices and activities. As CMO he will lead and provide direction to system-wide improvements in patient safety, quality management, accreditation and medical staff services. 

“The Chief Medical Officer is a newly created role at St. Joseph’s,” said Leslie Paul Luke, President and CEO for St. Joseph’s Health. “The business of health care is advancing and changing rapidly. As CMO, Spinale has a pivotal role in helping us successfully meet the demands associated with the transformation that is taking place across our industry and in ensuring we achieve excellent outcomes for better health, better care and lower costs.” 

Spinale brings a wealth of experience in business and medicine to the role of CMO. He comes to St. Joseph’s from Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he was senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer where he was responsible for oversight medical staff of over 700 clinicians, as well as oversight of ACGME and AOA graduate medical education programs, quality, risk management and indemnity programs. Spinale was employed at Kent Hospital for nearly a decade also serving as director of medical education and chief of cardiology. 

“I’m looking forward to being a part of St. Joseph’s Health and working with such a dedicated team. This is an exciting time for health care as we strive to provide excellent, people-centered care that innovates the approach and improves overall patient health, and I believe St. Joseph’s is on the cutting edge of these advancements,” said Spinale.  

Spinale earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his Master of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts. His certifications include: the American Board of Internal Medicine, cardiovascular disease, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, National Association for Healthcare Quality, Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, Certification Board Nuclear Cardiology, Just Culture Champion, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Dr. Spinale has served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award through the National Institute of Standards and Technology since 2014.  Additionally he is a Fellow of the following organizations: American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Association for Physician Leadership.  

About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit regional health care system based in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to home care, to our Magnet-recognized hospital, and in collaboration with our community partners, St. Joseph's Health is advancing the health of the communities we serve through an expanding range of healthcare services to ensure our patients achieve optimum long-term health. Ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital” and a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is widely recognized for quality, value and delivering the highest patient satisfaction. St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a member of Trinity Health.

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