Britton, Morris Named Associate Chief Medical Officers
Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, and Charles Morris, MD, MPH, have been appointed to the new position of associate chief medical officer (ACMO), effective Oct. 1. As ACMOs, Britton and Morris will focus on overseeing specific initiatives and activities expanding the Active Asset Management program to improve BWHC’s ability to provide advanced, expert care affordably.
Britton, a cardiologist and former medical director for Care Transitions in the Department of Quality and Safety, has led numerous care redesign initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, she will lead efforts to optimize the continuum of care across the Brigham, including the hospital, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, outpatient locations and home care settings. The goal is to develop new models of care that improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
Morris, an internal medicine and primary care physician at Brigham Circle Medical Associates, has led successful performance improvement initiatives at BWH. As ACMO, he will lead workflow redesign and enhanced team performance on inpatient units to advance care delivery and efficiency. Redesign will emphasize working with the clinical service directors, associate chief nursing officers and unit dyad leaders to improve safety, quality and the patient experience, as well as to identify early discharges and expedite acceptance of new patients.
“Our ongoing work in Active Asset Management, which targets specific improvements in efficiency, operations and patient experience across BWHC, requires strong clinical leadership,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The strong leadership and experience that Drs. Britton and Morris bring to this role will be critical to our efforts to achieve these goals.”
Chicarello Retires, Corbin Appointed Director of Security
Dave Corbin, CPP, CHPA, has been appointed as the new director of Security at BWH, succeeding Bob “Chico” Chicarello, who retired at the end of November.
Corbin most recently served as director of Facilities, Engineering, Public Safety and Parking at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. With 16 years of health care security leadership experience in the Partners HealthCare system, including roles at BWH and BWFH, Corbin will focus on training and prevention and brings expertise in special response teams and workplace violence issues.
During his five years at NWH, and in his prior role as director of Police, Security, Safety and Parking at BWFH, Corbin established multidisciplinary workplace violence subcommittees and created active shooter policies, procedures and training programs. He also co-founded and continues to lead the Partners HealthCare Special Response Team, a group of cross-trained security officers from across the system who can respond to high-risk incidents at any Partners hospital.
The enhancements Corbin made at BWFH earned the Security Department the Lindberg Bell Award from the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation – the highest honor in health care security. During his time at BWFH, Corbin also redesigned and implemented a new parking system.
Corbin earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University – where he is an adjunct professor – and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University. Corbin, who consults nationally on health care security, says he is honored to return to BWH and describes this opportunity as “the pinnacle” of his career. He credits Chicarello with giving him a start in health care after he had worked in retail security for a number of years. Corbin’s work with BWH Security included the roles of investigator, supervisor and training and special projects manager.
Chicarello retires with 42 years of service at BWH. He began his career in security at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1974 as a night security officer. Since then, he held positions in the department including assistant director of Security and director of Security and Parking, a position he has held since 2006.