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Senior VP & Chief Medical Officer of UPHS: Patrick Brennan

P. Brennan

Dr. Patrick J. Brennan has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UPHS. Dr. Brennan has been the Chief of Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety at the Health System for the last four years, and a faculty member at Penn since 1988. With the significant increase in national attention to the quality and public reporting of patient care and safety outcomes, Dr. Brennan, as Chief Medical Officer, will be responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality of care at all three Health System hospitals—HUP, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center—as well as at the Clinical Practices at the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP), Clinical Care Associates (CCA), and Penn Home Care.

Prior to becoming Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brennan led the Health System’s initiatives in patient safety and satisfaction. He also led the Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement (CEQI) department, which is charged with maintaining the highest level of quality patient care while simultaneously reducing both resource waste and the number of unnecessarily long hospital stays. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brennan will work with UPHS’s medical, nursing and other professional staff to monitor patient care and systems and advance the Clinical Excellence initiative, which aims to make the Health System’s patient care programs among the best in the nation.

“Dr. Brennan has earned the respect and appreciation of his colleagues in leading UPHS’s highly effective CEQI program, an innovator among academic medical centers, and I am confident that his collaborative and professional nature will shape patient care, the most critical area of the Health System,” remarked Ralph W. Muller, CEO of UPHS. “I look forward to his leadership in assisting our medical and nursing staff to maintain and further advance the Health System’s position at the forefront of patient-centered care.”

After earning his medical degree from Temple, Dr. Brennan took his residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident. He came to Penn in 1986 on a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. Two years later, he joined the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine. In 1990, Dr. Brennan became the hospital epidemiologist at Penn Medical Center; shortly afterwards, he became associated with the Health System’s Home Care Programs as an associate medical director and became the medical director of Penn Home Infusion Therapy in 1996. He’s chaired the Infection Control committees at Penn, Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration. Since 1997, he has chaired the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He served as the chair of the Center’s Medical Board, 2002-2004.

Dr. Brennan has been involved in public health efforts to treat tuberculosis and related conditions, dealing actively with both patients and the infection control implications of the disease. In 1997, he was named both Director of the Tuberculosis Control Program of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Tuberculosis Consultant for the Commonwealth. In 1998, under Dr. Brennan’s direction, the Tuberculosis Control Program established the Lawrence Flick Clinic for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. He is co-chair of the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Panel for the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council. Last year, he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) by Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since 2003, Dr. Brennan has served on the Committee as one of 14 infectious diseases experts who advise the Centers for Disease Control and the Secretary of HHS regarding infection control in United States health care facilities.

  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 2, September 6, 2005


September 6, 2005
Volume 52 Number 2


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