CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a high-quality and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has named Paul Allen, MD, MPH, as its chief quality officer. Dr. Allen’s areas of responsibility will include quality management and improvement, infection prevention, pharmacy, regulatory affairs, and risk management.
The move marks a welcome return for Dr. Allen, who began his career at CHA and held numerous roles over a span of 16 years. He completed his internal medicine residency at CHA and served as chief medical resident. Dr. Allen subsequently assumed various leadership positions, including associate director of the CHA Internal Medicine Residency Program, director of the medical inpatient units, and medical director of CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus. He led numerous performance improvement initiatives, provided leadership for CHA’s Joint Commission accreditation readiness, and contributed to the development and deployment of the health system’s electronic medical record.
In 2010, Dr. Allen joined Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., as its vice president of medical affairs. He most recently served as the regional vice president of medical affairs for Holy Family and Merrimack Valley Hospitals and Nashoba Valley Medical Center, all part of Steward Health Care. In these roles, he developed interdisciplinary teams and built effective collaborations among medical and nursing personnel, hospital staff, and management to introduce best practices and evidence-based care that is both cost-effective and patient-centered.
“Paul brings successful experience and passion to the development, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives to improve clinical care, operations, and system quality,” said Gerald Steinberg, MD, CHA’s chief medical officer. “We are confident he will contribute substantially to our efforts to become a high-value organization, accountable for the quality, cost, and patient experience of care that we provide.”
Dr. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.