Dr. Hamby is a native of Atlanta Georgia. After attending College and Medical School at Emory University, he successfully completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Kentucky. He was in private practice in General Surgery in Dothan, Alabama where he served as Chairman of Surgery and Trauma Medical Director. He is board certified in General Surgery. While in practice, he completed his Masters of Healthcare Administration at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Hamby left private practice to complete a post-graduate fellowship in the Department of Veterans Affairs as a VA Quality Scholar. After his fellowship, he served as the Quality Management Officer for the Southeast Region (VISN 7) of the VA Healthcare System in Atlanta. He has been with Piedmont since 2001 and is Chief Medical Officer. Dr Hamby is an Associate Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where he teaches quality improvement methodology. Dr. Hamby has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and written two book chapters. He served as Senior Examiner with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award for 6 years. He has given over 100 invited presentations on Patient Safety and Quality both regionally and nationally.
As healthcare steadily moves toward population health management, it is increasingly important for health systems to provide high-quality, safe care at the lowest possible cost. This presentation will provide a detailed review of how Piedmont Health, a multi-hospital acute care system, rebuilt its hospital quality function from the ground up to focus on value production.