Baylor College of Medicine announced today that national health care veteran Wayne Keathley will lead its clinical expansion efforts, primarily focused at the BCM Medical Center on the McNair Campus.

Keathley, who currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, will officially take the position of president of the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center and Health Network in mid-February.

"Wayne Keathley not only understands health care in its current state, but where it needs to move," said Dr. Paul E. Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. "He will ensure that we are able to create a new patient experience and provide the type of innovative care that will position us as a standard for others to follow.”

At Mount Sinai, Keathley leads the hospital's executive and operational functions and serves additionally as the executive vice president for business development. Since his arrival in 2003, the hospital has enjoyed remarkable growth, markedly improved operating and financial performance, and credit strength. It first achieved national ranking as a "Best Hospital" by U.S. News & World Report (ranked 14th) and earned Honor Roll status in 2012. The hospital also gained designation and re-designation as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credential Center. Under Keathley's leadership in business development, Mount Sinai established a broad network of physician practices and clinical programs that serve all boroughs of New York City and surrounding communities that now includes almost two hundred practice sites. He also established a community based diabetes education and outreach program that has been recognized as a "best practices" model by multiple accreditation and advisory organizations.

Keathley brings a long track record in health care administration. He has served in several hospital leadership positions in a career that extends over three decades. He speaks frequently at national forums on health care innovation and reform. He has served as a board member of the Hispanic Federation and sponsored a summit on the implications of health reform for the Latino community. He presently serves as an advisory member to a private enterprise dedicated to improving healthcare access and quality in rural India and to hospitals in the Dominican Republic.

His experience in high volume health care environments with nationally recognized programs easily translates to BCM's situation, where in the expansive Texas Medical Center, BCM faculty members are involved in half of the patient care visits each year. The College's physicians care for patients in BCM clinics and in affiliated hospitals. Nationally, BCM ranks No. 17 in National Institutes of Health funding and has two departments that are listed as No. 1: Molecular and Human Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Department of Pediatrics ranks No. 3 in the country, and Neuroscience ranks No. 8. Five other programs are in the Top 20.

"Baylor College of Medicine provides an exciting and unique platform to create a new paradigm for health care," said Keathley. "This is a world class medical school with exceptional basic and clinical research, and outstanding clinical faculty. The leadership is deeply committed to creating a unique patient care experience and to set a new standard for clinical quality, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.”

Keathley will report directly to Klotman and oversee expansion of clinical operations for the College. He said the research and medical education roles of BCM are particularly attractive to him, as well as the strong ties the institution has to excellent affiliated hospitals.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am excited to join Baylor College of Medicine at an extraordinary moment in its history. The College's clear leadership in key areas of medical science, the dynamic healthcare environment in Houston, and the possibilities for collaboration and partnership among providers to create value for patients and physicians makes this an irresistible challenge. I'm thrilled to be here.”

When he arrives, Keathley will work with the McNair Campus project team to finalize the timeline for the opening of the BCM Medical Center. The campus already is home to several clinical practices at the Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center.

He said the College's initiatives on value and efficiency are critical to its future clinical success and also to creating an affordable and sustainable healthcare environment for Houston. The top-ranked programs at BCM also add to what can be offered to patients that is not available elsewhere.

"The BCM Medical Center is essential to Baylor College of Medicine's success but in many ways, it is equally important to maintain Houston's prominence as a national resource for healthcare. It represents the "blank sheet of paper that lets us build something new for the future," Keathley said.

Keathley also will be developing the BCM Health Network's clinical strategy and enterprise locally, regionally and internationally. He will focus on the integration of current programs and the expansion of the network.