Sutter Health Names Its First Chief Population Health Officer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced the appointment of Christopher Stanley, M.D., MBA, as chief population health officer.
In this new role within the not-for-profit health system, Dr. Stanley will have executive oversight of Sutter Population Health Services, a new division that further enhances the clinical support structure needed to provide high-quality, cost-effective care to employers, payers and individual patients. The newly formed division will also work to improve non-medical aspects of care that affect the health of all Sutter Health network patients. Dr. Stanley begins his new role on Feb. 4.
“As a member of Sutter Health’s System Enterprises leadership team, Dr. Stanley will closely partner with leaders and teams already employing innovative solutions to advance care coordination, eliminate duplication of services and improve the patient experience across the full continuum of our integrated network,” said Rishi Sikka, M.D., president, Sutter Health System Enterprises.
Dr. Stanley joins Sutter Health from Navigant Consulting, where he served as a director within its Healthcare Value Transformation practice. While there, he helped health systems and health plans succeed in the rapidly growing and advancing population health, pay-for-value, accountable care and clinical integration programs across the United States.
Prior to joining Navigant, Dr. Stanley served as system vice president of population health for Catholic Health Initiatives, where he successfully led population health efforts across 100 facilities in 19 states during his five-year tenure. At that time, CHI had 10 clinically integrated networks serving about 750,000 individuals in value-based programs.
Previously, Dr. Stanley also worked at UnitedHealthcare—a health insurance plan and division of UnitedHealth Group—where he served as senior medical director and chief medical officer for the Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana markets. He was responsible for quality and cost of care management for commercial and Medicare membership of more than 700,000.
Dr. Stanley began his career as a community-based pediatrician at Indian Crest Pediatrics in Denver, Colorado, and in the U.S. Army in Germany. He earned a medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Stanley also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
“I am thrilled to join such an innovative, collaborative and community-focused system as Sutter Health as a senior leader,” said Dr. Stanley. “In this new role, I look forward to aligning and advancing the strengths that exist within the organization to further benefit patients, families and employers across Northern California.”