Chief Quality Officer / Vice President for Clinical Advancement and Patient Safety

Roanoke, VA, US, 24014

Job Summary

The Chief Quality Officer (“CQO”)/Vice President of Clinical Advancement and Patient Safety (“CAPS”) is a system-wide leadership role supporting Carilion Clinic’s strategic goals in the delivery of consistently high quality care, coordinated care with high value, and a highly safe organization. The CQO/VP CAPS is responsible for establishing Carilion Clinic’s Quality and CAPS vision, goals, and plan for the organization. S/he will lead improvements in clinical outcomes, clinical metrics and measurements, clinical risk management, patient advocacy, accreditation, and the overall value of clinical care. This position will provide the oversight for Carilion Clinic’s Quality and CAPS program and improvement plans.

This key leader works with executives, management, physicians, and other staff to influence policy and goals in the best interests of Carilion Clinic. The CQO/VP CAPS ensures all actions taken and methods used are consistent with and promotes Carilion Clinic’s mission, vision, and values. This position reports to the Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, and works collaboratively with leaders, physicians, and employees. The CQO/VP CAPs participating in clinical activity is preferred.

Job Duties:

Oversees and drives the development and implementation of Carilion Clinic’s Quality and CAPs programs and goals; Prioritize clinical improvement and patient safety initiatives/projects aligned to support and achieve Carilion Clinic’s annual strategic goals and priorities; Serves as Carilion Clinic’s system-wide champion for the development and sustainability of a culture of quality and safety; Provides the leadership for the operations and performance of Carilion Clinic’s Quality and CAPS functions to ensure clinical quality is optimized ensuring financial sustainability; Identifies problems and barriers, and makes recommendations for improvement while monitoring performance; Regularly communicates about Quality and CAPS goals, programs, activities, and what is needed from the organization; Partners with Health Analytics to improve data and information capabilities regarding Quality and CAPS and champions a data-driven environment; Oversees and provides the leadership with developing annual operational and capital budgets, and ensures meets/beats financial targets; Builds strong relationships with the Board, executives, Chairs, Senior Management, and physicians/staff built upon mutual trust, open and honest communications, and integrity; Collaborates with Chairs, Medical Staff, Leaders to effectively plan, program, and oversee Carilion Clinic’s Quality and CAPS programs; Provides the leadership to improve effectiveness by creating and sustaining an environment of trust, accountability, ongoing communications with employees, creating opportunities for physicians and employees to contribute to initiatives, and connecting how physicians’ and employees’ work contributes to Quality and CAPS goals; Develops and sustains a talented, diverse, and action-oriented team recognized for responsiveness, innovation, outstanding performance, collaboration, and its ability to successfully implement change; Oversees the use of evidence-based guidelines, criteria and other clinical tools to reduce variation in clinical practice and to optimize clinical outcomes differentiating Carilion Clinic; Serves as the organization’s Patient Safety Officer, acting as the spokesperson for patient safety; Responsible for outcomes of government/accreditation audits related to Quality and CAPS, and develops and deploys improvement plans; Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • A Medical Degree
  • Possesses, or eligible to possess, an unrestricted MD or DO license to practice medicine in Virginia
  • Ten-years Quality and Safety experience for a health system/provider organization   
  • Five-years leadership experience in a large, complex, and integrated delivery system
  • Demonstrated record of effectively leading programs that advance improved clinical outcomes
  • Fluent in clinical quality measurement and improvement, process improvement, project management and human factors.  
  • Ability to operationalize a vision, creating a Playbook that describes tactical steps to achieve the vision. Ability to plan, organize and integrate priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience leading a team of skilled, accomplished and diverse leaders and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader who clearly communicates with and engages leaders, physicians, and staff in establishing a culture of transparency, trust, and continual improvement.
  • Possess superb interpersonal skills, and is viewed as trustworthy, credible, and fair
  • Is a leader who employs participative leadership style, and is personable and approachable
  • Is fluent in EMRs, preferably EPIC
  • Demonstrates skill in conflict resolution, problem solving, negotiation and teambuilding.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment, works independently, and works well with ambiguity
  • Is a mission-driven individual who can embrace and commit to Carilion Clinic’s mission, vision and values
  • Possesses effective change management skills
  • Has served as an effective coach and/or mentor; is viewed as a positive role model
  • Holds self to the highest standards with a bias towards action
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence, remains “calm during the storm”


Our Values

Below are our core values that we strive to embody and expect of all our team members:

CommUNITY:  Working in unison to serve our community, our Carilion family and our loved ones.

Courage:  Doing what’s right for our patients without question.

Commitment:  Unwavering in our quest for exceptional quality and service.

Compassion:  Putting heart into everything we do.

Curiosity:  Fostering creativity and innovation in our pursuit of excellence.



Requisition Number: 28237 
Employment Status: Full time 
Location: CRMH - Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital 
Shift: Day 
Shift Details: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm. Additional hours as needed.
Recruiter: DAVID L NIVEN 
Recruiter Phone: 540-983-4057 
Recruiter Email:

This is Carilion Clinic ...

An organization where innovation happens, collaboration is expected and ideas are valued. A not-for-profit, mission-driven health system built on progress and partnerships. A courageous team that is always learning, never discouraged and forever curious.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., you will find a robust system of award winning
hospitals, Level 1 and 3 trauma centers, Level 3 NICU, Institute of Orthopedics and Neurosciences, multi-specialty physician practices, and The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

Carilion is where you can make your own path, make new discoveries and, most importantly, make a difference. Here, in a place where the air is clean, people are kind and life is good. Make your tomorrow with us.

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