PCPCC Names Recipients of 2016 Advanced Primary Care Leadership Awards

August 23, 2016

PCPCC Names Recipients of 2016 Advanced Primary Care Leadership Awards

Paul Grundy, MD, MPH; Salvatore Volpe, MD; and Edward Wagner, MD, MPH; to receive distinguished awards at PCPCC Annual Fall Conference Awards Dinner Nov. 9

WASHINGTON – Today the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2016 advanced primary care leadership awards. Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, FACOEM, will receive the prestigious Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award during the PCPCC’s Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 9, 2016, the evening prior to its Annual Fall Conference. Dr. Grundy currently serves as chief medical officer and global director of healthcare transformation at IBM and is also founding president of the PCPCC. He has spent much of his career advancing the medical home concept nationally and internationally.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Grundy for his long-standing commitment to advancing primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH),” said PCPCC’s President & CEO, Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH. “Often called the ‘godfather’ of the patient-centered medical home, Dr. Grundy has put forth tireless efforts over the course of his career to promote and advance the PCMH model as a vehicle for transformational change in the way health care is delivered, not only in the United States, but around the world.”

The Barbara Starfield Award, sponsored again this year by Anthem, was established in 2012 to honor the work of Dr. Barbara Starfield, whose distinguished career at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health spanned more than five decades, and included seminal research that highlighted the critical role of primary care in driving health system transformation. In recognition of exceptional work toward advancing the medical home and person-focused care, the award was presented to Dr. Starfield posthumously in April 2012, to Dr. Richard Baron in 2013, to Debra Ness in 2014, and to Dr. Calvin Sia in 2015.

“I am honored to receive this award that celebrates the incredible work of Dr. Starfield,” Dr. Grundy said. “We must continue to advocate for health system transformation that supports primary care and medical homes so that every person has access to this type of high-quality, patient-centered care,” he said. “It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the PCPCC, and to share this recognition with IBM, an organization that has supported my work (and this movement) for more than a decade."

“Throughout his remarkable career, Dr. Grundy has been a champion of health system transformation and a  tireless advocate for the central role primary care should play in driving better healthcare outcomes and affordability,” said Dr. Craig Samitt, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Anthem.  “As a reflection of our support for the efforts by Dr. Grundy, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and others who are supporting and driving transformative change of our primary care system in support of better care at a lower cost, Anthem is proud to again sponsor the Barbara Starfield Award.”

In addition to the Barbara Starfield Award, the PCPCC also announced the recipients of two additional leadership awards:

 Salvatore Volpe, MD, will receive the Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Award for his outstanding dedication to promoting a coordinated health care system that achieves improved quality and access at lower costs. Dr. Volpe’s unparalleled commitment to improving care is evident in how he created a patient-focused environment within his medical practice, as well as his relentless work as a physician champion in promoting the use of electronic health records and health information technology for quality improvement.

“Dr. Volpe has been a passionate advocate for the Patient-Centered Medical Home delivery care model from the very beginning – he was the first solo practice in New York state and thereafter in the United States to receive a Level 3 PCMH recognition, and he has taken an innovative approach in redefining roles and responsibilities to improve access and communication,” said Jill Hummel, president of Anthem’s plan in Connecticut and incoming board chair for the PCPCC. “And he did all of this with his characteristic humility, driven solely by the desire to improve the health of his patients.”

The PCPCC will also present Edward Wagner, MD, MPH, with the Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award, recognizing his outstanding dedication to developing and disseminating health care innovations designed to transform the way care is delivered. Dr. Wagner created the well-known and widely used Chronic Care Model, and over the course of his career, he has worked to support high-functioning primary care teams to meet the quadruple aim: better care experiences, better population health, lower cost, and happier staff. Dr. Wagner currently serves as a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute and director (emeritus) of Group Health’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, which he established in 1992.

“Dr. Wagner is a true legend in the pantheon of primary care heroes,” said Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, the executive director of Group Health Research Institute and vice president for research at Group Health Cooperative. “Throughout his career, he has made enormous contributions to our efforts to improve health and health care based on systems that recognize the importance of patient-centered primary care and are based on its principles. He and his colleagues are recognized worldwide for their work, which established the widely recognized Chronic Care Model. The Model has been adopted in developed and less developed countries alike as the ideal way to design care for the increasing populations of people who have chronic conditions. More recently, he has done landmark work defining how exemplary primary care practices are designed and implemented to achieve the quadruple aim.”

The awards will be presented on Nov. 9, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the PCPCC’s Annual Fall Conference Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. Learn more about the event and available sponsorship opportunities.


Editor's Note: To schedule an interview with Marci Nielsen or any of the award recipients, contact Amanda Holt, 202-640-1212, or amanda@pcpcc.org.

About the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Founded in 2006, the PCPCC is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health care system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCPCC achieves its mission through the work of its executive members, experts, thought leaders, and other stakeholders focused on key issues of delivery reform, payment reform, patient engagement, and benefit design to drive health system transformation. For more information, or to become an executive member, visit www.pcpcc.org.

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