(Hartford, Conn. May
13, 2013) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center has named Surendra P. Khera, M.D., of Simsbury, as Chief Quality Officer
and Interim Chief Medical Director.
Dr. Khera will continue in his current
role as Section Chief of Hospital Medicine and Academic Inpatient Medical
Service Program (AIMS) Director at Saint Francis Hospital and at Johnson
Memorial Medical Center.
In his expanded roles, Dr. Khera will
oversee quality initiatives throughout the Hospital and be responsible for
managing the duties of the Medical Staff Office on an interim basis.
“As a Hospitalist, Dr. Khera has
worked with many of our physicians and has built relationships which will serve
him well in this interim role,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief
Executive Officer. “Over the years, Dr. Khera has demonstrated outstanding
leadership skills. He treats his patients and colleagues with compassion and
respect, and they hold him in equally high esteem.”
Dr. Khera joined Saint
Francis in 2006, and was Founder/Program Director of the AIMS Hospitalist
Program and the first Section Chief of Hospital Medicine. That program has now
grown to a complement of 30 Hospital Medicine specialists, plus support staff.
Dr. Khera earned his medical degree from Burdwan Medical
College in India. Upon graduating from medical school, he completed his
residency and served as chief resident in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s
Medical Center in Bridgeport. He is board certified by the American Board of
Internal Medicine and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
A member of the Society of Hospital
Medicine since 2000, Dr. Khera recently finished a two-year term as President
of the Connecticut Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine. He was a recipient of
the Thomas R. Preston, M.D. Teaching Award
for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Connecticut Internal
Medicine Residency Program in 2006 and 2007.
Dr. Khera completed an Executive
Fellowship Program in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University in
2007. He is currently enrolled in a Master's Program in Healthcare Quality and
Patient Safety at the Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia,
PA. Dr. Khera is a member of the
Society of Hospital Medicine National Subcommittee on Quality Improvement.
The Saint Francis Care Administration and Education Council honored Dr. Khera with
the first of its Faculty Fellow Awards
earlier this year, recognizing his contributions to medical teaching at the
Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care
is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis
Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut
since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65
bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in
New England. Other major entities of
Saint Francis Care include The Mount
Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai
Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Its services are supported by a network of
five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited
throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.