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BayCare Appoints New Hospital Division CMO

article_Dana Kellis MD.gif​Clearwater, Fla., (June 21, 2017) – Dana S. Kellis, MD, is the new senior vice president/chief medical officer – Hospital Division for BayCare Health System, a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions.

Bruce Flareau, MD, BayCare’s executive vice president/chief medical officer, announced that Kellis would be filling the new position and noted that he has more than 25 years of physician executive experience.

“We are delighted to have him joining our extraordinary team and look forward to his leadership as we continue to advance our work around clinical excellence,” Flareau said.

Before BayCare

Before coming to BayCare, Dr. Kellis was chief medical officer for the San Antonio, Texas, market for Tenet Health. While there, he provided leadership for the creation of a system-wide medical staff structure and the implementation of a new electronic medical record, and helped achieve major reductions in certain hospital infections and readmissions.

Prior to joining Tenet, Dr. Kellis was chief medical officer for Vibra Healthcare, which operates long-term, acute-care hospitals; was chief medical officer for Pinnacle Health in Pennsylvania; and held leadership positions at hospitals in Indiana and Pennsylvania.

An Arizona native, Dr. Kellis received his medical degree from Washington University in 1983, his master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, and a doctorate in public affairs with a specialty in physician leadership from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. He was a primary care practitioner during the 1980s and 1990s before moving into physician leadership positions, but he maintains board certification in internal medicine.

Leadership Team

The process of rounding out BayCare's core physician leadership team actually began three years ago.

In the quest for clinical excellence, BayCare realized it needed to ensure that physicians were in leadership roles across the enterprise to help drive standardization across not only its hospitals, but across the entire system.

With the addition of Dr. Kellis, BayCare now has CMOs in every major division of BayCare. With physician leadership paired with each of our core business units across the care continuum, BayCare can more effectively drive toward care standardization and clinical excellence.

CMO Core Team

CMO - BayCare Medical Group – Drew Fink, MD
CMO - BayCare Physician Partners – Eli Freilich, MD
CMO - BayCare Behavioral Health – Nick Dewan, MD
CMO - BayCare Ambulatory Division – Jeffrey Held, MD
CMO - BayCare Hospital Division – Dana Kellis, MD

Now with Dr. Kellis, BayCare has the final piece that was missing.

At BayCare, he’ll take on responsibility for the hospital division with each of the local physician leaders reporting to him, as well as our cross-system support team known as the medical staff services department and credential verification office. 

In this newly created role, he will begin to work with our local leadership teams to effect greater consistency, clinical standardization and elimination of redundancies.

Dr. Kellis is excited about working for BayCare.

“BayCare is a highly respected and forward-thinking, forward-moving organization set on becoming great,” he said. “It is a privilege to be here.”

BayCare Appoints New Hospital Division CMO