GOSHEN, Ind. – Larry Allen, MD, has served as chief medical officer at Goshen Hospital for the past five years, while leading the organization’s efforts to provide innovative population health care. Beginning in January, Dr. Allen will transition into a new role of chief physician executive, where he will focus on population health strategies including managed care, integrating patient-centered medical homes and collaborating with employers and insurance plans to share risk.
“Controlling health costs is a national crisis – that’s one of the messages of health care reform,” said Dr. Allen. “I love working in population health with the aim of providing better care, better health and lower costs. Helping people stay healthy before they get a disease is a very rewarding part of our mission. I look forward to concentrating more on this much-needed area of making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.”
Taking on the role of hospital chief medical officer will be Dan Nafziger, MD, MS, effective in January. In this role he will be leading the hospital quality and safety initiatives as well as medical staff services. Dr. Nafziger, a specialist in infectious diseases, is leaving his position as health officer of Elkhart County where he has worked for eight years. Dr. Nafziger is very familiar with Goshen Hospital, having practiced medicine there, as well as serving as an infectious disease consultant and member of the hospital board of directors.
“I’m always excited about new opportunities and continuing to develop my skills,” said Dr. Nafziger. “I was able to accomplish quite a bit in my time with the Elkhart County Health Department. I look forward to working with a team of exceptional professionals at Goshen Hospital. In my position, I’ll be focusing the majority of my time on the hospital and improving the care we deliver. We’re already providing outstanding care, so I’m not expecting huge changes.”