Chief medical officer named for Aurora Network

Aurora Health Care recently named Dr. Sylvia Meltzer as chief medical officer for The Aurora Network. In her new role, she will provide clinical strategic direction and leadership for Aurora’s accountable care relationships.

Meltzer has been with Aurora since 2002 as a family medicine physician. She has held key leadership roles, including work with medical group operations; optimization and clinical informatics; primary care redesign; population health data analytics; and the implementation and optimization of Smart Chart, Aurora’s single medical record.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in health care, and I appreciate the opportunity to keep Aurora moving forward in the right direction,” Meltzer said. “I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”

Meltzer dually reports to Dr. Jeff Bailet, executive vice president with Aurora Health Care, and Rick Klein, executive vice president of the enterprise business group with Aurora Health Care.

“As the landscape of health care continues to change with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it will become increasingly important for Aurora to maintain its accountable care relationships and implement progressive strategies for keeping our communities healthy,” Bailet said. “Dr. Meltzer will play an integral role with these ventures.”

Added Klein: “Improving our efficiency with our insurance partners is an important piece of our business development strategy. We have great confidence that Dr. Meltzer will help us reach our goals in this branch of our business.”

Meltzer’s responsibilities will also include designing population management and risk-based health care delivery models for Aurora Network clients across the region.

The Aurora Network is an integrated provider network that offers a full range of services to help businesses maintain and improve the health and wellness of its employee population.

In other Aurora news, Jeffrey Bard has been named executive vice president of Aurora Health Care’s north region after serving in the position on an interim basis since late last year.

In his new position, Bard will maintain his roles as president of the Oshkosh and Fond du Lac patient service area and Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh. Bard currently serves on the Aurora Health Care North Inc. board of directors, the Aurora BayCare Medical Center board of managers and the Bay Area Medical Center board of directors.

Bard joined Aurora Health Care in 2007 as vice president for clinic operations in the Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan markets, overseeing growth in the integration of clinic and hospital services.

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