Michael Dwyer was placed as the executive vice president for strategy and community health at PeaceHealth, a Vancouver, Washington-based health system that provides care in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The $2.5 billion system encompasses ten medical centers, dozens of primary and specialty care clinics, and 69 medical group locations, with a total of over 15,500 employees and 1,580 acute licensed beds. In his newly-created position, Mike is responsible for aligning PeaceHealth's mission and values with the vision and strategies necessary to continue to transform the organization from an acute-focused health system to a clinically-integrated network of care. In collaboration with other senior and operational leaders, Mike develops the architecture and strategies necessary to ensure a seamless patient experience through technology, systems, and processes designed to manage care for specific populations in a risk-based payment environment. He spearheads new business opportunities and strategic alliances, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable and underserved, collaborating with PeaceHealth leadership and community partners to identify gaps in care and unmet needs.
Mike brings to the position experience with both the provider and payer sides of health care. He is a collaborative leader with a consultative approach to addressing strategy, and the ability to look beyond "industry standard" solutions to identify practical, customized solutions. Mike is also a savvy healthcare business leader who is well versed in the execution of joint ventures, M&A activity, uncovering lost revenue, and increasing transparency.
Before joining PeaceHealth, Mike served as a managing director for the Health Industries Advisory of PricewaterhouseCoopers. In this capacity, he was a healthcare strategy and operational transformation practice lead, focused on management contract assignments in uniquely complex healthcare provider organizations. His most recent assignment was serving as the provider integration officer at Emblem Health in New York, where he integrated over 700 physicians from multiple medical groups as the result of a payor acquisition. Mike designed and implemented a new MSO and all related administrative functions and technology operations, along with reporting and productivity and performance metrics, and redesigned care models to accommodate primary and multispecialty integration along population health and disease management states.
Mike had been with PwC since 1999 in a variety of interim capacities, primarily focused on provider strategy and merger and acquisition work. He previously served as a principal with the Healthcare Advisory Services arm of BDO Seidman; as the senior associate director of ambulatory care and the director of the clinical cancer center at University of California Irvine Health System; as a healthcare operations consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick and with Arthur Andersen & Company; and as the director of operations for the southeast region of National Emergency Services.
Mike is originally from Rhode Island. He completed his bachelor's degree in biomedical ethics at the University of Rochester, and his MBA in operations management from the University of San Francisco. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Health Information Management Information Systems Society. Outside of work, Mike enjoys being outdoors – whitewater rafting, playing tennis, golfing, and skiing. He is also very involved in philanthropic activities in the community.
QLK's Courtney Lada led the search to recruit Mike to PeaceHealth, where he has been in place since August 29, 2016.