South Country Health Alliance welcomes Brad Johnson, MD, as Chief Medical Officer to work with current medical director Dr. Patrick Irvine on providing vision, leadership, and day-to-day clinical and professional support.
In our search for a new Chief Medical Officer, South Country sought a candidate with a strong clinical background, exhibiting leadership skills and the ability to engage with our multiple stakeholders.
“In the short amount of time we’ve had with Dr. Brad, I have been impressed with his interest in the organization and his engagement with our staff,” said CEO Leota Lind. “His keen interest in learning about our company will help him identify where he can assist us in moving forward.”
Dr. Johnson, formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Aspen Medical Group and Vice President of Medical Operations at Allina Health, has extensive clinical, administrative, and leadership experience. Dr. Johnson said he hopes to apply his understanding of health care from the provider’s perspective to meet the future needs of South Country and our members.
“I’m excited to be part of the leadership team to bring South Country to the next level, where we can bring the most value to the counties and providers we work with,” said Dr. Johnson. “So far I’ve been impressed by each person here and the focus on how we can serve the members.”
Dr. Johnson added he looks forward to expanding his role as Chief Medical Officer to new areas and opportunities for the company, including South Country’s development of our Community Health Information Exchange system, Diamond View.
Lind said the new position resulted from an increasing demand for more time and involvement by the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Johnson will support Dr. Irvine, who has been South Country’s part-time medical director since 2003. Dr. Irvine will continue to work with South Country during Dr. Johnson’s transition into his new position, offering guidance regarding the Chief Medical Officer’s role.