Health Catalyst announced that Stephen R. Grossbart, Ph.D. has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Professional Services.

Dr. Grossbart's over 20 years of experience leading quality and analytics initiatives for large multi-state health systems will help Health Catalyst clients to identify opportunities for clinical outcomes' improvement and to use analytics for improved care delivery.

Dr. Grossbart comes to Health Catalyst from Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, the largest nonprofit healthcare system in Ohio, where he was senior vice president and chief analytics officer from 2015 to 2016, and chief quality officer for the previous nine years. As chief analytics officer, Dr. Grossbart managed Mercy's advanced analytics team, where he helped design and launch the consolidation of analytics and reporting capabilities, including the analytic and operational excellence teams. He also hired and staffed a new population health analytics team to support Mercy's clinically integrated network. 

As Mercy's chief quality officer, Dr. Grossbart designed the corporate quality department, driving dramatic improvements in clinical quality, including significantly reducing patient harm, mortality, and length of stay. Under his leadership, Mercy Health was recognized repeatedly as among the top 20 percent of hospital systems for quality.

"Stephen is a gifted quality improvement and analytics expert and change leader," said Tom Burton, executive vice president and co-founder of Health Catalyst. "We are thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team, where his expertise will be invaluable in helping the company execute on its mission to unleash data as the catalyst for massive, sustained improvement in healthcare outcomes."

Dr. Grossbart will work directly with Health Catalyst clients across the country to help them identify and prioritize the best opportunities for quality improvement, and then assist them in accelerating those improvements using the Health Catalyst Analytics Platform and library of advanced analytic tools.

"I'm thrilled to be working with the exceptional team at Health Catalyst," said Dr. Grossbart. "I have long respected and admired the company's ability to help healthcare organizations accelerate outcomes improvement through analytics and decision support. I look forward to assisting with and expanding that effort to drive truly significant improvements in the quality of care for American patients."

Before joining Mercy, Dr. Grossbart was director of clinical analytics at Premier, Inc., where he led the development of performance measures and reporting systems.  He also played a significant role in the design and implementation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project. He has previously held positions at Intermountain Healthcare, where he oversaw the statistical team that helped build Intermountain's clinical measurement systems that supported their clinical integration strategy. He also is formerly a faculty member at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. 

In 2013, Dr. Grossbart was named as one of the 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety by Becker's Hospital Review.  His published work has appeared in Medical Care Research and Review, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Journal of Healthcare Management and Archives of Surgery. He has served on and co-chaired multiple National Quality Forum committees, dating back to 2003Dr. Grossbart currently serves on the NQF's Pulmonary and Critical Care Standing Committee and sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Dr. Grossbart holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan and has health services research and advanced statistical analysis experience.