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When three cardiovascular practices joined forces nine years ago to become Piedmont Heart Institute, leaders knew their success would lie in getting the structure right. “We realized we wanted to be a physician-led organization,” recalls Katie Lund, RN, MBA, senior director of clinical integration for Piedmont Healthcare, which includes seven hospitals and 26 cardiology offices across metro-Atlanta and North Georgia. “But we also knew that being a good physician doesn’t necessarily make you a good administrator. So we groomed our physician-leaders and paired them with administrators, and now we have more and more physicians moving into leadership roles within our dyads.”
Piedmont is hardly an outlier. As hospitals and other medical organizations are being redefined by integrated...